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S21-203 Education, Family Engagement, and the Growing Latinx Community

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

200 Adults, Couples & Families |  800 Online
Maritza Gonzalez, PhD
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



This course is designed to focus on the education and family engagement of Latinx communities in the United States and implications for social workers who work with them. Students will learn knowledge, skills, and competencies to work with Latinx communities from different backgrounds, experiences, and with diverse needs. Challenges impacting educational outcomes and attainment, health care, and the law will be discussed throughout the session. Systemic inequities impacting the Latinx communities will be central in readings, discussions, and reflections.


Maritza Gonzalez, PhD Related seminars and products: 1

Dr. Maritza E. González is an Education Consultant, previously Executive Director of Equity & Diversity for Metro Nashville Public Schools, and Diversity Officer, Latino Affairs for Prince George’s County Schools. She established departments overseeing systemic Equity & Diversity initiatives, Translation & Interpreting services for over a third of district families, and outreach to marginalized families. Most recently she lead efforts to host the first Equity summit, first districtwide college fair during school day, and lead efforts to raise over 200k in support of the United Way campaign.  She was selected as a Racial Equity Leaders Network Fellow, a Flamboyan Family Engagement Fellow, and a Deeper Learning Equity Fellow.  She was co-founder and Chair of ALAS de TN, an affiliate for the Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents (ALAS).  Originally from El Salvador, she was the first in her family to surpass middle school, and to pursue higher education. Dr. González attended the University of Maryland, College Park where she earned the College Park Scholar’s Public Leadership Program Citation, a Bachelor of Science degree in General Business with an International Business specialization, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, a Master’s degree in Education Leadership & Policy Studies, and her Ph.D. degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy.

Agenda & Learning Objectives


09:00 Registration

09:00 - 10:20





Histories, Diversity within Latinx

Terms & key educational policies

Education Success & Attainment/ Family Engagement/Involvement 

10:20 - 10:30     Break

10:30 - 12:05






Lecture (Continued):

Barriers & Access to Resources and Social Services

Healthcare - immunizations & mental health

Immigration/Mixed Status implications

Law - School Resource Officers

Best Practices for Educational Attainment- Implications & Reflections for your Work

12:05 - 12:15 Questions & Adjournment



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

Recognize and demonstrate an understanding of the diverse histories and lived experiences of Latinx communities within the United States.  

Determine challenges and best practices impacting Latinx communities primarily in education, but will also consider health, law, and other social services.    

Evaluating how their practice can address this growing population in efforts to address systemic inequities.

Bibliography & References


• Camarillo, E. (2016). Redefining statistics and my dreams: A personal essay from a second-generation Latina immigrant. NPR Latino USA. Retrieved from  (2 pages)

• Crosnoe, R. (2013). Preparing the children of immigrants for early academic success. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute. Retrieved from

• Gándara, P., & Mordechay, K. (2017). Demographic change and the new (and not so new) challenges for Latino education. The Educational Forum, 81(2), 148–159.

• Goździak, E. M. (2014). To dream or not to dream: The effects of immigration status, discrimination, and parental influence on Latino children’s access to education. Migration Studies, 2(3), 392-414.

• Gramlich, J. (2017). Hispanic dropout rate hits new low, college enrollment at new high. Washington, DC: Pew Research Center. Retrieved from

• Latino USA. (2014). Latino parents and education [Audio].  Retrieved from

• Mahatmya, D., Lohman, B. J., Brown, E. L., & Conway-Turner, J. (2016). The role of race and teachers’ cultural awareness in predicting low-income, Black and Hispanic students’ perceptions of educational attainment. Social Psychology of Education, 19, 427–449.

• PBS. (2013). Latino Americans. Foreigners in their own land (1565-1880) [Video].  Retrieved from

• Rosario, D. (2016, March 18). Intra-Latino stereotypes [Audio]. NPR Latino USA. Retrieved from

• Krogstad, J., & Noe-Bustamante, L. (2020). Key facts about U.S. Latinos for National Hispanic Heritage Month. Washington, DC: Pew Research Center. Retrieved from

• Krogstad, J. (2015). 5 facts about Latinos and education. Washington, DC: Pew Research Center. Retrieved from






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System Requirements:

  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
  • Internet Browser: Google Chrome; Firefox 10.0 or higher.

Our system is not compatible with the Safari web browser.

  • Broadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL and any other medium that is internet accessible.

**Please have your device charging at all times to ensure that your device does not lose power during the webinar.


Course Interaction Requirements:

To participate in Live Interactive Webinars, you MUST have a device that allows you to view the presentation on screen and hear the instructor at all times. We do not allow participants to call-in from their phones or mobile devices and solely listen to the presentation. Participation in Live Interactive Webinars is mandatory.

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $65.00 and includes CE credit. Registering after March 12, 2021 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.


*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

Course Completion & CE Information


Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {3.0} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.


ASWB Approved

Course completion requirements: To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course, and complete the online course evaluation located in your account. After the online course evaluation is completed, you are then able to download your certificate. Partial Credit will not be given for participants who arrive late or leave early.


Unversity of Maryland School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Professional Education, provider #1611, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. UMSSW Office of CPE maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 02/11/2021 to 02/11/2024. Social workers participating in this course receive {3.0} continuing education credits.


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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

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