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Strengthening, Empowering, & Uplifting the pipeline of Latino and bilingual social workers



To increase the number of culturally and linguistically competent Latino and bilingual social workers serving low income and underserved communities. We support social work students and professionals in achieving their academic and professional goals by providing:

  • Scholarships

  • Community Outreach and Networking Opportunities

  • Mentorship

  • Continuing Education and Professional Development Opportunities


Introducing our Board of Visionaries

Our leadership team is comprised of individuals whose passion, vision, and commitment to action are unparalleled. We've brought together brilliant minds from varied backgrounds and diverse experiences, united in our mission to create enduring and impactful transformations in the lives of Latino and bilingual social workers and mental health professionals and the communities we serve. 

Board of Directors

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Luisa Lopez, MSW

Director of Social Services

Urban Outreach Center

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Yurilka Hernandez, LCSW


Acacia Network

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Monika Estrada-Guzman, LMSW
Chair, Education Committee


New York Presbyterian Hospital 


Ruby Burdiez, PMP
Board Member

Director of Projects

3 Story Software

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Tania Vargas, LCSW
Board Member

Program Director

ICL, Inc. 

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Emilia Leon, LCSW
Director of Engagement

Clinical Social Work

Mt. Sinai Hospital 

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Maria Elena Girone, MSW
Founder & President Emeritus

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