Each spring, two doctoral students at the Boston College School of Social Work are awarded fellowships to further their research and their work in the field. The Carolyn B. Thomas Fellowship, established in 1989 by a longtime BCSSW professor, recognizes the accomplishments and supports the future endeavors of a doctoral student who works with families and children, while the Elaine Pinderhughes Fellowship is given each year to an outstanding African-American PhD student.
Dispatches from the Field is a recurring feature at Innovate@BCSW designed to showcase the school’s commitment to fostering, through field education, fruitful relationships with organizations, both in Boston and around the world, that are providing critical services to those living at the margins of society.
Robert Rosales, who expects to graduate this coming August, counts health access and disparities among Latino populations as his research interests. In this blog post, he delineates the important points around a recent paper published in Social Work in Health Care.
This year’s BC Social Work cohort members are Leah Igdalsky and Joanna Abaroa-Ellison. Igdalsky is working at Boston City Hall for the Mayor’s Disabilities Commission; Abaroa-Ellison is interning with the Somerville Police Department.
This semester, Innovate@BCSW is following the experiences of four BC Social Work students who have embarked on international field education placements in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The first blog post of 2017 comes from Samantha Williams, who is working at Universidad Iberomericana in Mexico City.
Second–year MSW candidate Jeffrey Sierra is spending the 2016-2017 academic year as an esteemed Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Minority Fellow. In this Q&A with Innovate, he discusses what the fellowship entails, past experiences in City Year and the Peace Corps that helped to prepare him for Boston College, and his hopes for the future.
Since arriving on campus in 2012, Afua Laast has been hard at work in her ambitions to build a more just community at Boston College. Last year, she was acknowledged with both a Heights Momentum Award and an Ever to Excel honor for her ongoing commitment to promoting dialogue around issues of race, sexuality, and disability rights.
May 23rd marked the 140th Commencement in the history of Boston College and the seventy-sixth School of Social Work Diploma Ceremony. This year, under bright, flawless skies, 266 soon-to-be social workers were awarded MSWs, while five individuals celebrated completion of their doctoral studies.
This year, that student is Kaiti Jones, a first-year MSW candidate who will be working with Boston Mayor Walsh’s Office of Resilience & Racial Equity during a paid 10-week summer internship.
The main objective of Garcia-Ornelas’ placement is to work directly with the population of inmates at the Suffolk County House of Corrections who are living with various mental disorders.