Students who wish to be considered for admission to the Latinx Social Work Certificate program may be in any concentration at GSSW and are required to:
- Complete the Latinx Social Work Certificate application. *As of 6.24.21: The application is not available now, but will be available in the Fall 2021 term with a deadline of October 1st. If you are planning to complete the Latinx certificate, the next available course is in the Fall 2021 term for concentration year students (see below). You may register for the course without the official application process.
- Schedule and attend a meeting with the certificate coordinator.
- For Spanish only courses: Students must demonstrate, at minimum, an intermediate-mid level of proficiency in Spanish. An online proficiency test is offered for applicants. Transcripts or other means may also be used to waive the need for testing.
- Non-Spanish speakers are eligible to take all the certificate courses offered in English. Efforts will be made on a case-by-case basis to make the entire certificate available through either newly offered English courses (pending registration numbers) or through Independent Study with the coordinator's permission. *Students could also learn Spanish language skills through a potential Introductory Spanish for Social Workers class in partnership with the Center for World Languages and Cultures at DU. Another option is that students will be encouraged to participate in a Spanish conversation group outside of class.
Fall 2021 course:
- SOWK 4750 Critical Perspectives on the Latinx Context on Tuesdays from 3-4:50pm MT with Lorena Gaibor (CRN 2794)
The Global Social Work Certificate is designed for students who wish to understand global connections and perspectives, whether they ultimately intend to work internationally or domestically. Through a series of courses, specialized monthly in-services, and internship projects, students gain skills and broad knowledge important for working cross-culturally, either at home or abroad.
The Global Social Work Certificate courses are anchored in social work values and ethics including a close examination of power, privilege and oppression as it plays out across the world, applying these principles to human rights advocacy and intervention, as well as examining and reflecting on the necessity to avoid the “white savior complex”. Approaching international work from a place of humility enables students to decenter their own lens which is crucial for global social work. Students have the opportunity to further their understanding of relationship-based work done in conjunction with local communities, working side by side rather than from a “top down” model. Appropriate roles for working internationally are examined and discussed. Ethical considerations when working in a community other than one’s own are examined when focusing on injustices and inequalities, including the role of domestic and international policies and agreements.
To enhance course content and internship experiences, students participate in Let’s Go Global, a series of monthly trainings and activities related to global social work. Focused career development is also provided.
The Global Social Work Certificate is a Specialized Graduate Certificate of 12 credits, allowing it to possibly be stacked with other academic certificates. It is open to students from all GSSW Concentrations. Classes meet in person on the Denver Campus. Individual courses are available to all DU graduate students.
Specialized Graduate Certificate:
12 Credits: 3 academic courses and 3 credits from field internship
SOWK 4759– Global Cultural Perspectives: Consensus & Conundrums
REQUIRED (TWO OF THE FOLLOWING)
SOWK 4765 – Global Social Change
SOWK 4990-1 -- Global Trauma
SOWK 4465 – Human Security Intervention Strategies for Economic and Social Development
Required Classes: Total of 3.
Students must be in an internship, either domestically or internationally, that has the capacity for a global focus as part of the concentration year internship.
Internship approval for the certificate is made jointly by the Office of Field Education and the Certificate Coordinator.
Of the total internship credits required for completion of the MSW degree, 3 will be applied toward this certificate.
Participation is required in Let’s Go Global, a series of monthly trainings and activities focusing on issues relevant to global social work practice.
-Advising: Students receive advising specific to their global social work interests and are encouraged to take particular courses to supplement the required certificate courses.
-Career development: In conjunction with GSSW career development advisors, students receive direction and support in exploring post-degree fellowships, employment, and other international opportunities.
Process to Obtain Certificate
Students interested in this certificate need to consider their concentration year internship as noted above.
For 2-year students, the process begins in the second quarter of their first year.
For Advanced Standing students, the process begins in their first quarter.
Through information sessions and individual advising, students become familiar with the certificate.
Students declare their interest in participating in the certificate by emailing the Certificate Coordinator Ann.Petrila@du.edu
Course scheduling and the internship search process are outlined for students through certificate and field advising.
Internship approval process, in conjunction with the GSSW Field Team is required.
The Certificate Coordinator oversees the certificate curriculum. Students wishing to waive or substitute courses in the certificate must obtain approval from the Coordinator.
Professor of the Practice, Coordinator of Global Initiatives, Director of Global Practice Bosnia