The Latinx Specialization was established in 2017 with its first student cohort graduating in 2019. The specialization offers targeted skill-building for advanced MSW students committed to the health and well-being of Latino communities. The program equips students to be effective practitioners by deepening their understanding of practice models and interventions that resonate with Latino/a individuals, families and communities.

Students participating in the Latinx Specialization complete their advanced field placement at a agency working with the specialization's lead field faculty member who supports the student's learning and growth. Students in the Latinx Specialization also participate in a seminar that integrates theory and practice by enlisting the expertise of Latino/a community field instructors, leaders and partners who share their knowledge and insights.

Here are some important program notes:

  • This specialization is open to students in all specializations.
  • Spanish proficiency/fluency requirement varies by field education site.
  • In winter quarter, a 3-unit course will be taught on Engaging Latinos in Practice.
  • Students will need to take a 1- 3 credit elective outside of the School of Social Work. 
  • In fall, winter and spring quarters, students will participate in an integrative seminar.

For more information, please contact School of Social Work Lecturer Aida Wells at

Current students can attend an upcoming information meeting: Friday, February 14th, 12:30-1:30PM in room 116.


  • Demonstrated commitment to Latinx population
  •  In a practicum site with caseload of at least 25% Latinx clients
  •  Current students entering their specialized practicum in 2020
  •  Spanish Language proficiency varies by site

All Clinical and direct practice sites require high proficiency, fluency preferred. 

Application Requirements: Submit by February 28, 2020 to

  • Submit a cover letter (no more than two pages long), which outlines  your goals, interests and reasons for applying to this specialization; this letter must highlight experiences that demonstrate your commitment to the Latinx Population
  • A current CV
  • Two letters of recommendation

Here are some examples of field education sites:

  • The Arc of King County  
  • Auburn Multicare Hospital                                                                      
  • Catholic Community Services: Behavior Health
  • Carolyn Dawns/County Doctor
  • Children’s Home Society
  • City of Seattle, AG’s OfficeCasa Latina                           
  • Centro de la Raza                                                         
  • Consejo Counseling Services                                           
  • Edmonds School District: Latina Outreach
  • Entre Hermanos                                                            
  • Early Childhood Development                                                             
  • Evergreen Hospital: CHAT
  • Health Point Clinics                                                       
  • Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center                      
  • Northwest Kidney Centers
  • Puentes Counseling Services
  • SeaMar
  • South Park Resource Ctr.                                              
  • Pierce County Health Dept.        
  • Youthcare