The Boston University School of Social Work will host the Boston Idealist Grad Fair on September 29, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the George Sherman Union, 2nd Floor, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215. The free event connects perspective students with graduate school programs in the social impact space. Attendees have the opportunity to connect with representatives and admissions officers from 174 national and international graduate schools.
“Attending an idealist graduate fair is an incredible and unique opportunity because it allows you to meet representatives from many of the schools you may already be interested in, and allows you to learn about schools you haven’t considered before, all in one big event forum.” Katie-Ann Mason, BUSSW’s Admissions Officer said. “These fairs are valuable tools for students at all stages of the search process.”
When attending the Boston Idealist Grad Fair, be prepared. Research the list of exhibitors, which can be viewed here, to gain a better sense of who you would like to visit. Also, remember to be specific with your questions, be professional, and bring copies of your resume with you.
To save time, Mason also suggests bringing your business card and labels with your contact information on them. “Having labels and business cards shows how professional and organized you can be. You can stick your contact labels on contact cards and lists that various schools have at their tables. These cards allow schools to send you more information.”
Reginald Harris (SSW ‘15) was quoted in Bella English’s article “Cambridge Nonprofit Offers Kids Summer Fun” published in the Boston Globe on August 12, 2014. Harris, who is in his second year as a clinical social work student and part of the family therapy certificate program, spent his summer counseling students at Daybreak Day Camp in Cambridge.
“My biggest takeaway from the summer is that children who experience social and emotional behavior issues very rarely have the opportunity to experience fun new things and play,” Harris said. “Play is essential to childhood development and is the basis of socialization.”
The 30 campers, who may never have experienced camp without Daybreak, attended three field trips a week and participated in many other activities. “We’re helping them develop the skills to resolve conflicts, to have more resilience,” Harris told English.
Daybreak is a day camp program designed specifically for children with a variety of emotional, social or behavioral issues. Harris found out about Daybreak through his foundation year internship at the Amigos School in Cambridge.
Daybreak has 17 trained counselors, specializing in different practices. Harris used the knowledge he gained at BUSSW throughout the summer. “My group work clinical course was especially useful, seeing as though most of the work I did as a counselor was in small groups,” Harris said. “Thanks Professor Underwood!”
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Photograph from original story: Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff.
New Name, Expanded Focus, Same Commitment
October 30, 2012. (Boston, Mass.)—The Institute for Geriatric Social Work is changing its name and expanding its focus, the organization recently announced. IGSW will now be known as the Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research at Boston University, dedicated to strengthening the skills of those serving older adults and people with disabilities. The organization will continue its path-breaking education and training programs aimed at preparing the health and social services workforce for a rapidly aging, diverse society.
“This change in our mission–to include disability as well as aging–reflects the growing movement to integrate supports and services for older adults with those for people with disabilities,” said Scott Miyake Geron, the organization’s director and an associate professor in the B.U. School of Social Work. “It is also based on our experience with agencies and practitioners who increasingly serve both groups.”
Since IGSW/the Center was established in 2002 with funding from the Atlantic Philanthropies, it has trained more than 50,000 practitioners in 25 countries and all 50 states, most often through partnerships with state and local agencies.
“IGSW’s unique combination of innovative online educational programs, research on training effectiveness, and workforce redesign made it a national leader,” said Sandy Markwood, chief executive officer of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). “With current efforts to bring together many separate realms of service to support older adults and people with disabilities, the organization’s new name and expanded focus are a welcome development.”
“The workforce now and for the future requires access to skill-based educational programs in the workplace,” Geron said. “Much of what we have learned since we began has broad application to address the shortage of well-trained professionals that threatens to overwhelm the nation’s capacity to provide basic health and social services to people of all ages and abilities. “
The Center for Aging and Disability Research and Education at Boston University is dedicated to strengthening the workforce for organizations serving older adults and people with disabilities. The Center was established as the Institute for Geriatric Social Work (IGSW) in 2002 with a grant from the Atlantic Philanthropies.
Were you ever afraid to walk to class? Did you ever feel scared while reading a textbook? Have you ever had to carefully select your friends and colleagues out of fear of persecution or, in some cases, imprisonment or death? If you haven’t, you should consider yourself lucky.
“Those were the freedoms we did not have,” said Mojdeh Rohani, Boston University School of Social Work adjunct professor and BRIDGE coordinator, associate clinical director for the Community of Legal Services and Counseling Center in Cambridge, Mass., and graduate of the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE), the institution which has sparked the Education Under Fire movement.
As social workers, we seek social justice. As members of the Boston University community, an American institution, our lives are based on a philosophy of equal rights—freedom, liberty and justice. We embrace diversity and understand the right to an education. In many international communities, that isn’t the case.
Today, following a showing of the 30-minute documentary film Education Under Fire, the Boston University community opened dialogue with a speaker panel including Ms. Rohani; Jeff Kaufman, writer and director, Education Under Fire; Joshua Rubenstein, Northeast regional director, Amnesty International; and Rainn Wilson, activist and actor, popularly known as Dwight Schrute from NBC’s The Office.
This event was part of Education Under Fire, a campaign developed, according to its website, to address the Iranian government’s denial of the right to education on ideological and religious grounds. The 30-minute documentary explores the universal right to higher education through the lens of the Bahá’í community—a monotheistic religious group drawing its tenets from several global religions—in Iran. It tells the story of the Bahá’í Institute for Higher Education (BIHE), a grassroots university system established to educate those whose rights have been violated. The documentary, Education Under Fire, focuses on the stories of former students of BIHE. The film is intended to spark conversations on university campuses and underscore the importance of defending the right of every human being to higher education.