Faculty Mentor

Martin Meraz Garcia

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Chicano Education


My paper is going to focus on the social work program here at Eastern and whether or not it effectively prepares undergraduate students to work with the Chicano/Latino community. I will be examining basic demographic information about the Latino population within Eastern Washington University, the state of Washington and the United States. I will also be analyzing the demographics of staff and faculty that make up the social work program to see if any of them come from diverse backgrounds that understand the socio-cultural factors that Chicano/Latinos face. With the use of peer reviewed articles, I will be analyzing the future needs of Latinos by social work professionals in relation to status, stability, and depression and potential problems that may arise from the lack of preparation to meet the needs of this population. This study will address the importance of preparing future social workers on issues of cultural competency so they can better serve the fastest growing ethnic minority group in the United States.