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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
LWSO Conference
Thursday, April 4 - Friday, April 5
Location: California Endowment's Center for Healthy Communities, 
2000 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Sin Fronteras Orientation
Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Haviland Commons

MSW Student Panel: Getting Into Grad School:
Monday, April 15 from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location: Haviland Commons
Hear current graduate students of the Master in Social Welfare program about their experiences with the application process, courses, time management, etc.

Community Events
School of Public Health event
Tuesday, March 26 from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: Goldman Theater, David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley
Are you sticking around during the Spring Break? The UC Berkeley School of Public Health Advocacy Initiative would like to invite you to join a global movement to end violence against women and girls, considered by many to be the greatest public health and human rights violation on earth. How can we put an end to this? With a World Health Organization International treaty. Come learn about this important issue and some simple, powerful ways you can take action.
Author Talk: Human Rights and Wrongs
Saturday, March 23 at 3:00 pm
Location: Berkeley Zion Presbyterian Church
545 Ashbury Ave, El Cerrito
"Adrianne Aron, author and liberation psychologist, will present her new book, Human Rights and Wrongs, based on interviews with refugee asylum seekers and immigrants from Central America."

Moving from Outrage to Action
Sunday, March 31 at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Congregation Beth El
1301 Oxford Street, Berkeley
"In the spirit of Passover, Congregation Beth El's Immigration Justice Committee presents a forum in response to the criminalization of immigrants, family separation, and the blocking of asylum seekers."

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