Culturally Competent Social Work Practice With Latino Clients

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I have been an MSW student at two Michigan universities and have faced overt discrimination by faculty and students at both universities. I am a "white male" a label which seems to be demonized almost on a daily basis in class. When I was to apply for full time entry at my first university I was told not to get my hopes up despite having all As because being a 40 year old white male made me a member of the oppressor class. At my second University I ran for the president of the MSW student organization and no one else ran for this position yet I lost. I was told it 'wouldn't look right' to have a white male be the president of this organization. I have found that social work school bends over backwards and glorifies for so-called 'people of color' yet practices racism, sexism and discrimination against 'white' people on the basis of gender and race. my experience was so bad that after three semesters I dropped out giving myself time to think if I even want to be apart of such a hateful profession.

James more than 5 years ago


50+, white, male, social work student. Didn't see the same overt discrimination, but I can see how it was carried out against you. It is not social work which teaches the discrimination, but the racist, bigoted instructor hiding behind the guise of moral righteous and social justice. Take a stand against it. Fight it. Until they quit playing the race, gender and sexuality games, we will remain divided.

David more than 5 years ago

white privledge

Welcome to the life of all people that are not the White Male. You experienced what they have experienced from the beginning of time

Tammy weston more than 2 years ago


Tammy, while you make a point that yes they are experiencing what was done to others, that does not make it right. You don't fix hate with hate, racism with racism, and oppression with oppression. Social Workers are held to higher standards. If we relive our traumas in our professional life, we are failing. If we celebrate injustice, we are failing. I have witnessed sexism, a certain amount of brainwashing to push political views, and racism from Social Work Professors and other students alike. It was upsetting. I also had to remember that this was just a class once I passed it I could move on to my bigger goal. I could also mention the bias or injustices I witnessed when I filled out the Class Evaluation.

Caity Turner more than 1 year ago

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