From the MFP Team
Welcoming Adriana Ramirez Altamirano
Alumni Spotlight: Maria Carolina Izquiel
We Need You! Volunteer With CSWE-MFP
Update Your Contact Information
CSWE Diversity Center’s September Educator|Resource
To the MFP community,
Ameera Bhanji, MSW
I am pleased to announce that MFP has brought a new staff member on board. Adriana Ramirez Altamirano joined the MFP team on August 15 as our program coordinator.
She will support the management and implementation of the master’s and doctoral fellowships and provide administrative assistance with event planning, professional development programs, data management, finance matters, and communication.
Adriana has experience working in grants administration, care management, and academic advising. She possesses a bachelor of arts in global studies, with a minor in Spanish language and Hispanic cultures from California State University Monterey Bay.
Please join CSWE-MFP staff in welcoming Adriana Ramirez Altamirano to CSWE’s Minority Fellowship Program!
National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15 each year. The MFP uses this as a time to celebrate the contributions our fellows and alumni are making to support the well-being of their communities. Read on to learn how recent alum Maria Carolina Izquiel has used the MFP as a jumping-off point for an impactful career in social work practice and teaching.
“My experience following the fellowship has been magnificent. I currently work as a psychotherapist in the Latinx team of the Cambridge Health Alliance psychiatry department. I am also a faculty member at Boston College, teaching Advanced Clinical Practice for Latinx Populations. As a first-generation immigrant and Latina, to be able to work with communities that are part of my culture and in my language has been an absolute privilege. Understanding how mental health systems work in the United States and helping Latinx patients navigate the system while exploring their inner world is truly meaningful.
“The minority fellowship was like a confidence boost for me. It was not only an immense economic support, which was fundamental, but also a unique opportunity to meet clinicians from all over the country, learning from and understanding different realities. I think there is still a lot of work to do to achieve a high-quality and culturally competent mental health service for underprivileged minorities, but when I meet members of the new generation of clinicians, I feel optimistic and hopeful. I believe in progressive changes. I plan to continue contributing my grain of sand to that process of change, and give what I can every single day to foster a better mental health service to Latinx communities in the United States.”
There are many opportunities to volunteer with CSWE’s MFP this upcoming fellowship year. You do not have to be an MFP alumnus to volunteer, volunteering is not time consuming, you do not need to be a social work educator to serve, you get back what you give, and the time to apply is now! Here’s how you can help:
Mentor a master’s or doctoral student: Support the academic and career development of a student passionate about meeting the needs of BIPOC communities.
Be a guest speaker: Share your subject matter expertise by speaking on one of the topics, requested by incoming students, below. Alternatively, if there’s a topic you believe to be of value to this group, please reach out to discuss it with our team.
- Abolitionist Social Work
- Disability-centered social work practice
- Grants 101
- Inclusive sex therapy
- Innovative research methods
- Innovative treatment modalities
- LGBTQ youth mental health
- Narrative Therapy
- Pathways to clinical licensure
- Postgraduation trials and tribulations
- Program evaluation
- Role of social work in reentry
- Social work and the arts
- Strengths-based approaches to working with BIPOC communities
- Supporting international students
Join our advisory committee: Put your great ideas to great use—steer the program and provide input on key areas, including programming, alumni engagement, and applicant recruitment.
Become an application reader: Support the selection of the next cohort of master’s and doctoral MFP fellows!
Have you changed jobs in the last few years? Changed your primary email address? The MFP relies on current contact information for our internal database, which we use to contact alumni and help us prepare our reports for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Please use this link to share your updated contact information. Additionally, you are encouraged to reach out to MFP alumni you are connected with and request that they share their updated information too. Thank you in advance for supporting MFP staff efforts to enhance connectedness in the MFP community.
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