The mission of the Puerto Rican/Latino Studies Project is to help prepare social workers to completely serve individuals, groups, families, and organizations within Latin@ communities through research, teaching, and service; to increase the advancement of knowledge and research regarding Puerto Rican and Latin@ matters.
The current educational endeavors are to: provide a Puerto Rican Latino/a Studies curriculum that prepares masters level social work students to work competently with this diverse population, recruit Puerto Rican and Latino/a students to the UCONN School of Social Work, advise and mentor Puerto Rican and Latino/a students to successfully complete their MSW degree, provide an exchange program with the University of Puerto Rico, provide training to and collaboration with social service providers offering services to Puerto Rican and Latino client systems, advance knowledge and research findings on issues that affect Puerto Ricans and other Latino/a groups on local and national levels.
The school successfully graduates, on average, 23 Latino/a MSWs every year. This graduation rate exceeds the national average of all MSW programs. The Puerto Rican/ Latino Studies Project faculty offers a 9 credit Certificate awarded to students successfully completing the Puerto Rican/Latino substantive area of study, and a year internship (560 hours) working with a Latino population since 1982. Within the last five years, on average, 20 students graduated with this Certificate in the substantive area. However, the enrollment for the classes is approximately 40 students for the semester. The project's recruitment efforts yields the School a pool of 15-20 Latino/a students for the academic year in the Masters level, and 8 Latino/a alumni have enrolled in the Ph.D. program.