Latino Cultural Competence in Social Work

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Undergraduate Program

Social Work


Briar Cliff student in social work classroom

Why This Program? 

Strengthen your social work degree with cultural and linguistic skills for engaging in culturally grounded practices with Latino clients and families.

Engaging in community.

The Department of Social Work and the Spanish Programs promote social change, development, cohesion, and the empowerment of people and communities. As the Hispanic/Latino population in the Tri-State region becomes in one of the fastest-growing ethnic groups in Siouxland and the nation, social workers must be knowledgeable about the culture and the language on how to effectively serve this population. This program provides opportunities for social work students to learn all factors can influence a social worker competency and the ability to from professional relationships with Latinos.

  • Enhancing cultural competency: Students will develop the cultural and linguistic skills for engaging in culturally grounded practice with Latino clients, and families, along with providing students with opportunities to learn the critical, cross-cultural factors that influence a social worker's competency to understand the social, linguistic, and cultural context with Latinos and the Latino community
  • Immersion experience: You will have the option to travel abroad for two weeks to participate in a complete immersion experience of the Spanish language and culture. Students will visit the University of Cadiz in Spain or the University of the Andes in Santiago, Chile and learn about doing business (Courses delivered in English) in Europe or Latin America.
  • Choose your classroom experience: Get the convenience of in-person, hybrid or an online program without sacrificing the classroom experience. Content is delivered with online modules and weekly webinars. You can login from anywhere and interact with your classmates and professor.

There is a high demand for Spanish speaking social workers. The community is unable to meet the current demand for Spanish speaking social workers. Linguistic and multicultural awareness is critical for social worker-client relationships.