LatinX/e in Social Work
Stories that heal, inspire and connect communities
Latinx in Social Work is a book is about space. The space we take up, the spaces we create and nurture, and the spaces that have yet to exist, but are so crucial to the growth and development of Latinx social workers, mental health practitioners, executives, and professionals in all industries in this country, and beyond.
This book is a revolutionary step in creating a movement that is committed to owning our own narratives, naming common but unspoken struggles and challenges, and driving our own healing from the past while highlighting our successes and creating a space for hope for the future.The impediments to Latinx success, both personal and professional are myriad; we know the familiar litany of barriers that our people face. These barriers include costs (monetary and opportunity costs), insufficient academic preparation or access to information regarding higher education, and the generalized discrimination that people of color continue to endure.
Stepping into our greatness with the full richness of our cultures and heritage in spaces not designed or meant for us is a truly courageous decision. It is a decision often taken at great personal and professional risk, and one which can cause great unease about our security and our future. Advocating for yourself or your clients, requesting that raise, positioning yourself as a leader for a promotion, embarking on a new business, starting a family--- these can all seem like harrowing challenges with unknown results. Often, we believe we are unprepared to undertake them; doubt of our abilities, and anxiety about overstepping our bounds prevent us from taking the plunge.
Welcome to the Official Journal for the best seller Latinx/e in Social Work. This guided journal is for healing, inspiration, and connection in communities. Each chapter in Latinx/e in Social Work invites a glimpse inside the heart and mind of Latinx/e social workers as they express some of the most intimate details of their practice and the ways in which their Latinx/e identities impact their experiences. Through discussion about migration, intergenerational entrepreneurship, Spanish language acquisition, grief, loss, trauma, the power of resilience and comunidad we hope that you are encouraged to use this book to scribe your testimony. This Official Journal is designed to provide you a space to reflect and write your responses to what resonates with you from the text. Use this guided journal on your journey of exploration about yourSELF, your intersectional identities and how you show up dismantling stereotypes and biases in your community. Continue in the tradition of ‘levantando,’ of rising to lift up others while inspiring growth and catalyzing positive change in your community.