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Sin Fronteras Applications are now available

Oaxaca, Mexico

May 27- June 29, 2019

Online Application due Monday, January 14th by 5:00 pm

Read the Informational Flyer for more details.


Latinx Center of Excellence Alumni Mixer

The Latinx Center of Excellence at UC Berkeley's School of Social Welfare cordially invites all Latinx alumni of UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare, a former member of the Latinx/Raza Caucus and alumni from Sin Fronteras to join us for our first annual mixer. Take this opportunity to enjoy food, drink, and music while you meet with old friends and network with colleagues. Please join us in honoring Latinx alumni who have made significant contributions to our communities.

This event will take place on Saturday, February 9th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Oeste Bar and Cafe located at 722 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94607. To RSVP please fill out this very brief google form: Latinx Center of Excellence Alumni Mixer.

For questions, please email:


Terapia Solidaria: Narrative Therapy Practice in Solidarity with Latinx Communities

Presenters: Marcela Polanco and Luna Calderon

This workshop will be presented in Spanish.

The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, February 21 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm and Friday, February 22 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.

Register here for this event here.

Registration closes on February 7, 2019.

Location: California State East Bay Conference Center

1000 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

Cost: $25 for behavioral health practitioners, $10 for students

7 CE's will be available for interested participants

This workshop will provide:

- An overview of narrative therapy practice concepts as developed by Michael White and David Epston

- An overview of Marcela Polanco's Terapia Solidaria

- An opportunity to observe role-play demonstration and practice in small groups


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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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.

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