Assistant Professor Samantha Teixeira joined the faculty at BCSSW at the beginning of this academic year. Teixeira will study issues of environmental justice, a critical, growing sub-discipline in the field of social work.
In this Q&A, she places into context many of her life experiences and how they have brought her to Boston College; she talks about her project to develop a model for racial trauma healing for African Americans; and she explains why social work is so critically important to eradicating racism.
Professor Jessica Black pursued higher education in hopes of preparing a next generation of collegians to go out and make a difference in the world.
In January, hundreds of the foremost thinkers in social work higher education gathered in New Orleans, Louisiana for the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Conference. The chair of this year’s event was SSWR Vice President James Lubben, who is Professor and Louise McMahon Ahearn Chair at the Boston College School of Social Work.
This year, Associate Professor Tom Crea was named Chair of the Boston College School of Social Work’s Global Practice program. Since arriving in Chestnut Hill in 2007, Crea has established himself as a leader in the blossoming field of global social work, and he has continued to conduct groundbreaking research with organizations across the world.
In September 2009, Ruth McRoy became the first holder of the Donahue and DiFelice Endowed Professorship at the Boston College School of Social Work. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to expand community partnerships, and to build a new focus group devoted to studying the impacts of adoption, while leading the school’s Diversity and Justice Initiatives.