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Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work to Offer Inaugural Online Bilingual Master’s Program
Serving the University’s Social Justice Mission,
the New Degree Program Will Prepare Linguistically Competent
and Culturally Aware Social Workers  

CHICAGO, March 6, 2018Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work will launch an entirely online Master of Social Work (MSW), Bilingual Spanish, program next fall. This program, the first of its kind in the country, seeks to enhance the knowledge, values, and skills of students who have a passion to work with vulnerable and marginalized communities.

“This innovative and timely program aims to train future social workers who desire to work with Latinx communities by developing professional skills in both Spanish and English,” said Priscila Freire, PhD, Loyola’s MSW program director. “The University will guide them with the help of highly qualified and trained primarily bilingual instructors and support staff.”

More than 90 percent of the courses are developed and taught in Spanish by faculty who are language proficient.

“Despite this community’s large demographic presence, youthful population, and robust projected growth rates, the future for Latinx enrollment in social work programs cannot be fully realized without deliberative and intentional efforts,” said Maria Vidal de Haymes, PhD, Loyola professor and director of the Practice in Social Work Migration Studies Sub-Specialization. “Our program is one such effort.”

The entire program can be completed in eight consecutive semesters, and all courses are facilitated online in synchronous and asynchronous formats, providing students with the flexibility they need for a more equitable work-life balance. An advanced standing option for those with a Bachelor of Social Work from a Council of Social Work Education-accredited program is also available for students to complete the program in four consecutive semesters. Additionally, students are required to complete two fieldwork internships.

“The entire program can be completed fully online with the required field internships accomplished in a student’s own close-knit community,” said Ivan Medina, the program’s clinical instructor. “This enables us to be creative in developing non-traditional field placements in communities that have a high need.”

The course content and training will equip students to sit for the licensure exams in their respective states. This program offers a specialization in mental health and a sub-specialization in migration studies.

“The Latinx community’s underrepresentation in higher education is well documented, as is its unmet integrated health service needs,” says Goutham Menon, PhD, School of Social Work dean and professor. “The school is well positioned to address these challenges through the development of this master’s program for native Spanish speakers and individuals who have undertaken a program of study with Spanish as their major.”

Applications for fall 2018 enrollment in the new MSW, Bilingual Spanish, program are now being accepted. To learn more, visit Maestría Bilingüe en Trabajo Social en Línea.

About Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work
Founded in 1914 and accredited since 1921, Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work provides transformative education for practice-informed social work at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate levels. The school’s curriculum addresses contemporary clinical, community, and social issues encountered by social workers in practice. Graduate degrees are available in two advanced domains: Clinical Social Work and Leadership and Development in the Social Services. The PhD in Social Work trains scholars adept in clinical research, scholarship, and teaching. The school and University embrace ideals of social justice and service to others—commitments that inform the program’s examination of clinical theories, practices, and systems of service delivery. For more information, visit LUC.edu/socialwork, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaSSW, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaSSW.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 16,600 students. Nearly 11,500 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 13 schools, colleges, and institutes, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.

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