In a recent Berkeley Diversity profile featuring MSW/PhD student Valentin Sierra, Val offers a nuanced and personal reflection on the importance of Native American Studies as well as the experiences of many Native youth with county and state social services.
"Working with youth in Sacramento County, we have to deal with child protective services and other social services sectors at the county and state level. Often times, the people that we deal with are predominately white, and that can be said for the whole social work field. It's dominated by white women which poses problems working with Native youth. So, I was kind of eager to join a program, and that be the representation of what the cohort would look like. But I was really surprised to see the actual diversity in who was represented alongside me in my classes as well as the faculty.”
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