Reflections of a Latino in the Social Work Profession

  • Alejandro Garcia Syracuse University
Keywords: Autobiography, Latino, Mexican American, diversity, guiding words, ethical perspective, professional associations, professional development, poverty, higher education, role models


This is a first-person account of seminal events that have helped shape the rich history and cultural heritage of the social work profession. In examining these events, the author has provided some personal history as a Mexican American growing up in South Texas that provides a historical and value context for his participation in these events. He also discusses his leadership experiences in serving on the national staff of NASW and volunteer leadership experiences in a number of professional organizations during critical times for the profession.

Author Biography

Alejandro Garcia, Syracuse University
Ph.D., Professor School of Social Work