Alumni

Alumni

Stay in touch via social media, or meet fellow alumni and current students through events in Greater Boston and around the country. We’re dedicated to fostering lasting relationships that endure long after you graduate by offering an array of programming and resources.

Read the Spring 2021 Alumni News & Notes newsletter »

 

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Alumni Resources


 

Alumni Mentoring Program

The BCSSW Alumni Board invites alumni to sign up by August 1, 2021 for the Alumni Mentoring Program, which runs from September 2021 to June 2022. The program offers a great opportunity for recent graduates to learn from those with more experience, and experienced graduates to share their valuable perspectives and stay connected to the University.

Who Should Participate

Mentors: Alumni who have graduated in 2016 or before

Mentees: Alumni who have graduated in the years 2017 to 2020.

What’s Expected from Mentors

We suggest a minimum of quarterly phone, teleconference, or e-mail communications between mentor and mentee, and find that many pairs communicate informally through texts and e-mails in-between scheduled communications as needed.

In addition, the BCSSW Mentoring Program coordinators provide quarterly articles on timely topics such as mentoring relationship goals, leadership and teamwork, work-life balance, workplace challenges, and career goals. While we supply a suggested agenda for the calls, there is flexibility to use the time however the mentee/mentor choose. We are also available as a resource for mentors as questions arise.

For Questions and to Sign Up

Contact sswalumni@bc.edu with questions and read about the experiences of 2018 participants Aaron and Josh.

Sign up to be a mentor

Career Services

Career Services is committed to making connections between students, alumni, and employers through special events and career resources. We are available to assist Boston College School of Social Work students and alumni in identifying career goals and conducting a successful job search. A Social Work Job Database (login required) is available for alumni, MSW students, and PhD candidates.

Email sswcareerservices@bc.edu to post your job openings in the BCSSW jobs database. Job searchers can also email us to request a username and password to access the database. Listings include opportunities from across the country and the globe.

 

Continuing Education

Boston College Continuing Education (BCCE), in collaboration with the School of Social Work, offers a wide range of programs for licensed social workers and other human-service workers. Programs include workshops, conferences, and certificate programs.

BCCE Programs

 

Help with Mock Interviews

Alumni across the globe are invited to participate as interviewers in the Mock Interviewing Program, which will take place March 17 to March 19 and March 25 to March 26, 2021. Mock Interviews take place virtually so soon-to-be graduates can practice their interviewing skills.

Sign up to volunteer

For more information, please contact Cindy Snell at cindy.snell@bc.edu.

Boston College Libraries

The Social Work Library services for alumni and the University Libraries services for alumni include borrowing privileges and other resources and services.

 

Distinguished Alumni Awards


 

2020 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS

Each year the BCSSW Alumni Board solicits nominations for the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards. These awards recognize the significant contributions to the field of social work made by a BCSSW alumni. Two awards are given each year, one to a recent graduate (5-10 years) and the other to an alumnus or alumna 10+ years from graduation.

Criteria for this award can include:
• Significant contributions that enhance the profession of social work in the larger community.
• Significant contributions made to social work education.
• Significant contributions made in the area of public service.
• Significant contributions to practice issues within the profession.
• Significant contributions to social policy and change.
• Significant contributions to the BCSSW students and alumni.
• A lifetime achievement in the profession of social work.

Nominees must be alumni of the Boston College School of Social Work (MSW or PhD). Current BCSSW Alumni Association Board members and BCSSW employees are not eligible. Both the award winner and the person who nominates the award winner will be invited to attend the annual award ceremony.

Questions? Contact Alumni Board Vice President Claire Johnson Allen at sswalumni@bc.edu.

2021 AWARDEES
Charlene Luma, BA ’03, MSW ’05
Charu Stokes-Williams, PhD ’11

2020 AWARDEES
Lieutenant Commander Monique Worrell-Oriola, BA ’03, MSW ’06
Michael Grinnell, MSW ’16, LCSW; Marvin Toliver, MSW ’16, LSW; Josh McNeil, MSW ’15, LCSW; and Jesse Wiltey, MSW ’16 as founders of Melanated Social Work

2019 AWARDEES
Tanya Sharpe, PhD ’07
Lamar Polk, MSW ’09

2018 AWARDEES
Mitzi Peterson, MSW ’97
Najwa Sado Safadi, Ph.D. ’12

2017 AWARDEES
Debra Sosin, MSW ’77
Nick Teich, MSW ’09

2016 AWARDEES
Daniel Gill, MSW '06
Judith S. Willison, MSW '87

2015 AWARDEES
Colleen Fitzgerald, MSW '11.
James A. Martin, MSW '70

2014 AWARDEES
Erin McAleer, MSW '05
Amy Vosburg-Casey, MSW/JD '01

BCSSW Alumni Board


 

ALUMNI BOARD

The BCSSW Alumni Association board is comprised of elected alumni representatives that meet monthly during the school year and partner with the following departments to support services and programs for the School of Social Work:

  • Career Services: November Networking Event, Mock Interviewing, Recruitment Fair, BCSSW LinkedIn Group
  • Continuing Education: Fall and Spring Workshops
  • Admissions & Recruitment: Information Sessions, Graduate School Fairs, Welcome Reception
  • SSW Executive Board

 

Meetings

Board meetings are open and we encourage you to attend to see how you can get involved with SSW as an alumn. Meetings generally take place the last Monday of the month, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, please email Alumni Services at least a week before the meeting date so we can include you in our planning.

 

Elections

Elections for open Board and Officer slots are planned for April. The Board strives to recruit Alumni representation to achieve Board composition including: varied years of graduation; Clinical and Macro graduates; MSW and PhD graduates; and Alumni whose current field of practice is representative of the current academic concentrations: Children, Youth & Families; Health/Mental Health; Global Studies; and Older Adults. Board Members are elected for up to three-year terms, with one-third of the Board elected annually. If interested in serving on the Board, please email Alumni Services.

OFFICERS

President: Lujuana Milton ’07
Vice President: Claire Johnson Allen ’07
Secretary: Paul Heithaus ’06

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lisa Bello ’97
Jennifer Blewett ’10
Luis Borrero ’10
Mallory Cloke ’13
Olivia Dubois ’15
Karin Elliott ’98
Emily Greising ’07
Madelaine Grimmer ’16
Takia Myers '20
Katie O’Leary ’18
Kate Tetuan Parent ’06
James Patterson ’14
Amy Saunders ’13
Heidi Steinert  ’97
Victoria Tucker ’13
Caitlin White ’13
Monique Worrell-Oriola ’06