Support and Services

Writing and Research Support

Writing and Research Support is offered to undergraduate and graduate students through the LCOE. Please make sure to complete this google form to schedule a  meeting with Caroline Figueroa, Ph.D., for support with sharpening your writing, statistics, and research skills.

Mentoring Program

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

Our 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.


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 expectations for mentees?

Attend mentor/ mentee gatherings, reach out to their mentors to coordinate meeting times, and share what they would like to take away from the mentoring program.

Program Participation Requirements  

  • Are interested in learning more about the field of social work

  • Can commit to meeting with your mentor once per month via phone or in person

  • Are able to attend the Mentor/Mentee orientation and meetings.

Social Work with Latinx 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.

While the demand for culturally and linguistically competent MSWs continues to grow, California’s public mental health systems simultaneously struggle with barriers that limit access to care, including a shortage of qualified mental health professionals able to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services. This shortage of culturally competent providers correlates to significant underutilization of mental health services, leading in turn to inadequate care and overall poorer mental health outcomes, particularly for populations already impacted by increasing health disparities.

UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare is committed to addressing this unmet need by creating a dedicated program of study in our MSW program, leading to eligibility for the Social Work with Latinos Certificate issued by Berkeley Social Welfare.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Social Work with Latinos Certificate, candidates:

1. Must be registered and enrolled in a graduate degree program at UC Berkeley.

2. Must be in good academic standing (e.g., GPA of 3.0 or better).

3. Must demonstrate Spanish language proficiency at an intermediate level or above.

4. Must submit a brief statement describing their interest and experience in Latino social work, and their goals for gaining the certificate.

Requirements to Earn the Certificate

To be awarded the Social Work with Latinos Certificate, candidates must successfully complete all of the following requirements:

1) The Anchor Course: SOC WEL 250J - Social Work with Latino Populations (2 units).

2) Two additional elective courses totaling a minimum of 4 units and chosen from an approved list

3) Direct Practice Experience: A minimum of 120 hours of direct practice in an agency serving predominantly Spanish-speaking Latinx clients. A field placement required for the MSW degree may also fulfill this requirement.

Application Process

Applications to the Social Work with Latinos Certificate Program are accepted from currently enrolled graduate students continuously throughout the academic year. Students should generally express their interest and apply as early into their graduate studies as reasonable, to ensure the ability to complete program requirements in the normative time allowed for their graduate degree program (generally two or three years for masters students).

To apply, download and complete an Application and Academic Plan Worksheet for the certificate program, and submit it to the Social Welfare Student Services and Admissions office in 120 Haviland Hall.

Download Application Worksheet [pdf]

Student Financial Support

The LCOE offers two Stipend Programs to support Latinx students’ education and training in social work practice with Latinx communities. In addition, MSW. and Ph.D. 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 $8,000 stipends for first-year students and 10 $10,000 stipends to second-year students in support of their field education in a Latinx-serving organization.  

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 2nd-year field placement in a Latinx-focused agency
  • Participate in up to 6 hours per month of LCOE-related community service
  • Complete a Latinx-focused research project as part of their 282AB course (applies to 2nd-year students only).
  • 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 

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.  

Download an application

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