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LISTA (Latino/a Initiatives for Service, Training and Assessment)

The Latino population is the fastest growing minority group in the United States, thus, it is imperative that social workers and other mental health practitioners be knowledgeable about how to effectively serve this community. LISTA fills this need by providing culturally sensitive training to social work students.  

LISTA includes: 

  • Courses offered in social work practice specific to Latino/a populations to increase cultural understanding.  Human behavior courses will be offered as well as social work practice coursework. 
  • Optional courses for social workers on the professional use of Spanish.  The social welfare needs of Hispanic clients may remain unmet without the availability of adequate numbers of Spanish-speaking social service providers to assist them. 
  • A field education component placing students in agencies serving Hispanic communities. Some stipends will be available for interested students. 
  • Study abroad opportunities in Mexico, Puerto Rico and/or Costa Rica. 
  • Continuing Education opportunities for mini-certification in this area. 

For examples of course sequencing for the LISTA Area of Emphasis, please click here.

For more information, contact Raymond Sanchez Mayers, Associate Professor, at mayers@ssw.rutgers.edu or 848.932.5369.  

Seeking Agencies 

Rutgers School of Social Work is seeking agencies that would like to provide field placements and stipends for MSW students who have special training in working with Hispanic populations, and who are, in some cases, bilingual. 

LISTA is a new Rutgers School of Social Work Area of Emphasis focused on training social work students to serve Latino/a communities and clients.  LISTA offers students courses in social work practice specific to Latino/a populations to increase cultural competency, optional courses for social workers on the professional use of Spanish, and study abroad opportunities in Mexico, Puerto Rico and/or Costa Rica. 

If you would like to provide a sponsored field placement for a LISTA student, please contact Raymond Sanchez Mayers, Professor, at mayers@ssw.rutgers.edu or 848.932.5369.

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