The trauma and vulnerability of detained families and separated children are not as easily undone as a policy change. In designing interventions, we must account for the accumulated impact of adverse events that result from complex interactions at various levels, scales, and across social systems and policy responses. BCSSW faculty are pursuing new approaches in their research and teaching that recognize the nature of complex social systems driving individual, community, and institutional behaviors.
The Grand Challenges in Social Work highlight important societal dilemmas that demand innovation and the creation of new knowledge networks. To lead research, scholarship, teaching, and practice around these challenges, social work scholars must bring together relevant disciplines and professions, social work practice partners, and communities. These knowledge networks leverage the strength of a diversity of fields and draw on the lived experience of communities and populations embedded in the problems of concern to us.
In our efforts to continually translate knowledge into social action and intervention, schools of social work know the necessity and value of being rooted in places and communities in enduring ways, and of collaborating with those embedded in social dilemmas.
In this Q&A with Innovate, new BCSSW Dean Gautam N. Yadama discusses why he decided to come to Boston College at this stage in his career, his hopes for the continued success and growth of the school, and his philosophies on education and leadership.