About Latinx Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health

group photo of LCOE stipend recipients 2017

Effective November 2020, we are amending our name from The Latinx Center of Excellence (LCOE) to The Latinx Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health (LCOEBH). This change highlights our focus on behavioral health, and our mission to recruit, train, and support students interested in this specific area of social work. 

About the Latinx Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health

Established in July 2017, Berkeley Social Welfare's Latinx Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health (LCOEBH) 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.

Land Acknowledgment 

We recognize that Berkeley sits on the territory of Huichin, the ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo Ohlone, the successors of the historic and sovereign Verona Band of Alameda County. This land was and continues to be of great importance to the Ohlone people. We recognize that every member of the Berkeley community has, and continues to benefit from the use and occupation of this land, since the institution's founding in 1868. Consistent with our values of community and diversity, we have a responsibility to acknowledge and make visible the university's relationship to Native peoples. By offering this Land Acknowledgement, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty and will work to hold University of California, Berkeley more accountable to the needs of American Indian and Indigenous people. 

Contact Us: 

Latinx Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health at Berkeley Social Welfare

Director and Principal Investigator: Adrian Aguilera, PhD

Training Consultant: Luna Calderon, LCSW

Associate Director: Lissette Flores, MPH

Program Coordinator: Victoria Juárez, MA

510-664-5231* working remotely / phone temporarily disabled.


105 Haviland Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720-7400


The Latinx Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health 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% 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 HRSA.gov.