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.
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.
Latinx Center of Excellence at Berkeley Social Welfare
Director of Training: Luna Calderon, LCSW
Associate Director: Lissette Flores, MPH
Director and Principal Investigator: Adrian Aguilera, PhD
Program Coordinator: Jessica Martin Gonzalez, BA
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Berkeley, CA 94720-7400