On June 6th and 7th, the Columbia University School of Social Work co-sponsored the 2nd conference on the Diversity and Strength of the Latino Family in Rockville Centre, New York. This year’s conference, the brainchild of the National Association of Puerto Rican and Hispanic Social Workers, was dedicated to exploring the unique social and cultural needs of the burgeoning Latino population. Panel discussions and workshops ranged from emerging mental health approaches targeting Latino immigrants and reunification of Central American children to the unique needs of Latino elders.

Director of Recruitment and Retention Andrea Constancio and Director of Special Programs Johane Severin represented CUSSW at the event. “CUSSW is committed to diversity, not only amongst our faculty, students and administrators at the School but within the populations we serve. The Latino population is dynamic, complex and fast-growing,” said Constancio, “it is understandably a wellspring of cutting-edge thought in the social work field. This conference brings much-deserved attention to the Latino family and the issues specific to it.”

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