CSWE Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice


We are ramping up for our Annual Program Meeting in November and are excited to share that Yolanda Padilla, Director of the Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice, will be a session presenter. Details on her session are below.
There are many incredible sessions focused on diversity and social and economic justice, and we hope to see you there!

Diversity and Social Justice Teaching Priorities of Social Work Educators: Results from a National Survey of Social Work Programs

Saturday, November 10, 2018 
10:30 am


Thank You!

The work of the CSWE Center for Diversity is made possible through the partnership, collaboration, and support of the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work.


The Center for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice is a resource to prepare social workers with the knowledge and skills to engage in effective practice with diverse populations and to help transform social systems in pursuit of more humane and equitable conditions.

New Teaching Resource

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice features three books that inform social work practice with Latino immigrants. Explore two in-depth ethnographic studies on the interface of immigrants with the child welfare and immigration systems and an investigative journalism account of the arduous journey to the United States.
Click the book covers to learn more about the book or to purchase.

Fragile Families: Foster Care, Immigration, and Citizenship
by Naomi Glenn-Levin Rodriguez (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017)
Fragile Families tells the stories of children, parents, social workers, and legal actors enmeshed in the child welfare system. The study sheds light on the particular challenges faced by the children of detained and deported non-U.S. citizen parents who are simultaneously caught up in the immigration system in this border region.
Forgotten Citizens: Deportation, Children, and the Making of American Exiles and Orphans
by Luis H. Zayas (Oxford University Press, USA, 2015)
U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants live under the constant threat that their parents will suddenly be deported. Their parents face impossible decisions: make their children exiles or make them orphans. 
Enrique-s-Journey-(1).jpg Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother
by Sonia Nazario (Random House, 2007)
Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, 11 years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers.

Responding to Emerging Issues

  • Across the country, there is a growing resolve to face our history of racism. Resources for the classroom in the wake of Charlottesville are available here.
  • Long-Term Care in America: Hispanics' Cultural Concerns and Difficulties With Care—A new national survey reveals that less than a quarter of Hispanics are confident that long-term care services can accommodate their cultural needs. See the report here