Support and Services

Mentoring Program

Are you considering an MSW?  Interested in having an MSW student as a mentor this academic year?

La Red de Apoyo Mentoring Program pairs undergraduate students interested in learning more about social work, with current MSW students.  As a mentee, you'll have an opportunity to connect with a Latinx graduate student who can share their experience and perspective and can provide support and encouragement for reaching your academic goals.  Our mentoring program is part of a larger effort to recruit Latinx undergraduate students to Berkeley Social Welfare's MSW and Ph.D. program, with special attention to students interested in community behavioral health.

FAQ:

How are mentors and mentees matched?

The LCOE coordinates matches based on the information provided on the applications.

How long is the mentoring commitment?

The commitment is for one academic year.

What are the expectations for mentors?

Mentors are expected to attend mentor/ mentee gatherings, meet with their mentee once a month to provide career advice, academic guidance, and general support, and share their experiences in the social work field.

What are the eligibility requirenments for mentees?

  • Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley
  • Demonstrate interest in graduate school and the social work practice
  • Connect with mentor at least once per month (phone/video call or email communication) for the entire academic year (September - May)
  • Attend periodic program meetings including orientation, graduate school workshops (2-3 per semester), and community building activities
  • Complete pre- and post- service surveys in a timely manner

*A paid summer internship in Behavioral Health with one of our partners might be available for eligible Juniors. All mentees who meet the eligibility criteria will be required to submit an application. 

Application 

Applications for La Red de Apoyo Mentoring Program are made available in early August of every year.  Please contact swlatinx@berkeley.edu for more information.


Social Work with Latinos Certificate 

The Social Work with Latinos Certificate (SWLC) Program offers a learning environment and professional network to enhance the skills of social work graduate students in culturally competent practices that improve the lives of Latinx individuals, families, and communities. In keeping with the School’s mission and vision, the SWLC prepares the next generation of culturally-competent social workers, dedicated to serving and improving the lives of vulnerable individuals, families and communities.

For more information about the Social Work with Latinos Certificate (SWLC) Program eligibility requirements and the application process, please visit Master's Degrees & Certificates.

Student Financial Support

The LCOE offers a Stipend to support Latinx students’ education and training in social work practice with Latinx communities. In addition, MSW and PhD students conducting or presenting their research related to the behavioral health care needs of Latinx communities can apply for the LCOE Academic and Professional Development Awards.

LCOE Stipend-Based Training Program

Each year, the LCOE awards $10,000 stipends for MSW students interested in providing behavioral health services to Latinx communities upon graduation. To be eligible, students must complete their field internship placement in a Latinx-focused agency.

Students applying for admission to the MSW Program for Fall 2021 who want to be considered for an LCOE stipend must: 

  1. Submit your UC Berkeley Graduate and Professional Application for Admission and indicate on the Social Welfare Program Page that you wish to be considered for the LCOE Stipend-based Training Program. 
  2. Upload (as PDF file) to the Social Welfare Program page of your online application for admission a written response to the narrative questions on the Stipend-based Training Program Fall 2021 Application Form

  

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for the LCOE Stipend-based Training Program, the student must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Identify as Latinx/a/o or Hispanic

  • Be able to present proof of U.S. citizenship or status as a U.S. national

  • Be accepted to an approved LCOE placement in a Latinx-focused agency (applies to second-year students only)

Recipient Requirements

  • Maintain satisfactory academic standing and performance and complete all University-designated graduation requirements for the MSW degree within University specified time frames
  • Complete their second-year field placement in a Latinx-focused agency
  • Participate in up to 6 hours per month of LCOE-related community service, including mentoring an undergraduate student, participating in panels, and other outreach efforts
  • Participate in MSW/Alumni Mentoring Program (required for first-year MSW students; optional for second-year MSW students)
  • Enroll in SOC WEL 298: Latinx Leadership Seminar (spring semester)
  • Participate in periodic program meetings with other stipend recipients and LCOE faculty/staff
  • Complete pre- and post-tests and evaluation requirements
  • Remain in contact and provide employment information after graduation
  • Comply with all standard university fellowship rules, regulations, eligibility requirements and terms of the award

Professional Development Awards

Funding for student-initiated faculty-mentored research grants and for students presenting their research findings at conferences and other venues is available through the LCOE. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Students may request one award per year.  

Apply for an award

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