Pinderhughes Fellowship winner Victor Figuereo is now in his third year at BCSSW. He is a member of the school’s Latino Leadership Initiative, and specifically, he is part of the LLI’s Latino Research Seminar, a program designed to address the disparity of Latino professors in higher education.
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.
Dorothy Book Scholar and Associate Dean of Research David Takeuchi and Assistant Professor Samantha Teixeira have co-edited a special edition issue of the W.E.B. Du Bois Review, a journal based at Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. The topic of this fall’s installment of the review is race and environmental equity.
April 13 marked BCSSW’s 10th annual Pinderhughes Diversity + Justice Lecture, and appropriately, the milestone event featured the most recent work of the eponymous emerita professor Elaine Pinderhughes.
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.
This year’s Diversity & Justice and Alumni Awards Conference addressed a topic that has become a focal point for much of our nation’s conversation around race, that of community policing, while engaging the perspective of a national leader, Boston Police Department (BPD) Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross.
While race is fluid, and increasingly difficult to succinctly define, it is imperative that we continue to try to do so, said Omi in the well-attended talk. “In a racially stratified society… social concepts of race continue to matter.”
“Truly bearing witness to the atrocity means for each of us rekindle and renew that burning call within us to become relentless and passionate activists for racial, social, and economic justice,” he said.
On November 9, from 5-6:30 p.m. in McGuinn Auditorium, the prominent Berkeley professor will speak on the third edition of his groundbreaking work “Racial Formation in the United States.” All from the Boston College community are invited to attend.
For the second straight academic year, the Boston College School of Social Work’s diversity focus is on ‘Race and Justice.’ Over the course of 2015-2016, BCSSW will convene a series of opportunities addressing this issue for faculty, staff, students and alumni.