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Latinx Center of Excellence



Established in July 2017, Berkeley Social Welfare's Latinx Center of Excellence (LCOE) aims to address the shortage of Latinx students in graduate-level social work education. Our goal is to promote success among Latinx social work students through enhanced training and educational opportunities in behavioral health. To this end, the Center is embarking on a set of coordinated program activities to:

  • Increase the recruitment of Latinx undergraduate and graduate students to Berkeley Social Welfare, with special emphasis on students interested in community behavioral health;

  • Enhance the preparation of Berkeley Social Welfare’s Latinx undergraduate, MSW and PhD students to employ practice interventions and to design, conduct and disseminate research that effectively and appropriately address the behavioral health care needs of Latinx communities;

  • Increase the academic and professional success of Berkeley Social Welfare’s Latinx undergraduate, MSW and PhD students;

  • Increase the successful recruitment, retention, and promotion of Latinx faculty at Berkeley Social Welfare and other California schools of social work/social welfare; and,

  • Enhance the knowledge and skills of behavioral health professionals who work with Latinx communities to employ effective and culturally responsive practices and interventions with those communities.


Latinx Center of Excellence at Berkeley Social Welfare

Director: Luna Calderon, LCSW

Administrative Director: Lissette Flores, MPH

Phone: 510-643-6669



105 Haviland Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720-7400

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Upcoming Events

To Be Announced


Community Events

Webinar Series: Intersection of Traditional Medicine and Behavioral Health in the Latinx Community
Part 1: Integrating Curanderismo in Behavioral Health: Addressing Body, Mind and Spirit
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cost: FREE
Click to Register 

Part 2: Understanding Latino Cultural Health Behaviors and the Role of Women
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Cost: FREE
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LWSO Conference 2019 in Chicago
September 25 - 27, 2019
Location: University of Illinois - Chicago 
750 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Theme: Transforming the Social Worker: From Research to Advocacy to Practice
Call for Workshops, Panel Presentations, and Student Poster Sessions. Instructions can be found here.
Workshop and Panel Proposals: Due by May 24, 2019
Student Session Proposals: Due by September 5, 2019


CONTACT US: For inquiries about LCOE activities, email us at

The Latinx Center of Excellence at Berkeley Social Welfare is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $3,398,332 with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.  For more information, please visit