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Stories that heal, inspire, and connect communities.

This collection of personal narratives amplifies and highlights the voices of Latinx social workers healing leading and inspiring while sharing their challenges and successes of navigating their careers.


Watch our Virtual Book Launch from Oct 5, 2021


Available in both
English and Spanish!

Latinx in Social Work is a book is about space. The space we take up, the spaces we create and nurture, and the spaces that have yet to exist, but are so crucial to the growth and development of Latinx social workers, mental health practitioners, executives, and professionals in all industries in this country, and beyond. This book is a revolutionary step in creating a movement that is committed to owning our own narratives, naming common but unspoken struggles and challenges, and driving our own healing from the past while highlighting our successes and creating a space for hope for the future.

Erica Priscilla Sandoval, LCSW-SIFI

Founder / Creator

Erica P. Sandoval is the creator of Latinx in Social Work and is dedicated to amplifying voices and business of incredible Latinx social workers who are healing and inspiring communities.

Erica P. Sandoval, LCSW-SIFI is Founder of Sandoval CoLab, a psychotherapy and consulting group. As a passionate, licensed clinical therapist and consultant, she is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). She is committed to amplifying the voices and businesses of incredible Latinx social work leaders and social justice-focused changemakers, who are healing and inspiring communities.

She partners with organizations, universities, nonprofits, health care facilities, medical, and corporate professionals to provide access to resources to advance teams and help employees and students thrive. Most recently, she co-founded Employee Network Allyance, a space for allyship for today and tomorrow’s employee network leaders who help each other succeed.

Erica holds a post master’s degree in clinical adolescent psychology and a master’s in social work from New York University, Silver School of Social Work. She currently serves as a volunteer leader as president of the board of directors for National Association of Social Workers NYC, the largest organization for professional social workers worldwide.

Her work focuses on the intersectionality of behavioral health, social disparities, trauma, and human development. She serves as advisor for Latino Social Work Coalition and Prospanica NY. Her successful career earned her numerous awards. She is regularly invited to be a guest speaker, moderator, and panelist by well-known organizations. Her greatest pride is raising her twenty-one-year-old daughter, Isabella, as a single mother, who she considers her biggest teacher. As a proud immigrant from Ecuador, her passion is fueled by supporting the community she is a part of.

This is unrelated to her position with NASW-NYC; she is not acting in her capacity as an officer of NASW-NYC.

Now Available in Spanish!

Latinx en el Área de Trabajo Social es un libro que trata sobre espacios: los- espacios que ocupamos, los espacios que creamos y cultivamos, y los espacios que aún no existen pero que son cruciales para el crecimiento y desarrollo de los trabajadores sociales Latinx, profesionales de la salud mental, ejecutivos y profesionales de todas las industrias de este país y más allá. Este libro es un paso revolucionario en la creación de un movimiento que se compromete a ser dueño de sus propias narrativas, enumerando luchas y desafíos en común que nunca habían sido expresados, e impulsar nuestra propia sanación del pasado destacando nuestros éxitos y creando un espacio para la esperanza en el futuro.

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Share stories of Latinx Social Workers that: Provide inspiration to Latinx in social work. Give advice and let our messages have an impact on reader lives. Showcase the social work profession and highlight its different areas.

Why does this Matter?

Latinx in Social Work calls awareness to racism, bias, and discrimination felt by social workers. By telling our stories we create an opportunity to undo these injustices and guide others to know where they exist. As a community we create a space to reflect on our shared experiences offering personal and professional guidance to the next generation of Latinx social workers.

SHORTAGE – Latinxs are the largest ethnic minority in the US yet only 14% of social workers are Latinx.

WIDESPREAD PROBLEM – Latinax are particularly subject to hiring bias, underpaid, and face disproportionate job losses due to COVID-19.

SOCIAL WORK RACISM – Executive positions in social work are often occupied by white people and Latinx commonly experienced racial bias


Madrinas "godmothers" of Social Work take an active interest and acts as a mentor, sponsor, or supporter of emerging social workers.

Rosa MBramble Caballero, LCSW-R

Rosa M. Gil, DSW

Maria Elena Girone, MSW

Linda Lausell Bryant, MSW, Ph.D.

Maria Lizardo, LMSW

Laura Quiros, Ph.D., LMSW


Cindy Bautista-Thomas, Ph.D., LCSW, RYT

Laudy Burgos, LCSW-R

Edith Chaparro, Ph.D., LCSW-R

Karen Ciego, LCSW

Jasmin Collazo, DSW, LCSW

Andres Gomez, MSW

Jessica Hardial, LCSW, MA

Yurilka A. Hernandez, LCSW

Luisa Lopez, MSW

Madeline Maldonado, LCSW-R

Ingrid McFarlane, LCSW-R

Paula McMillan-Perez, LCSW

Amelia Ortega, LCSW

Maria E. Ortiz, M.A., LMSW

Tania Vargas, LCSW

“This is a deeply authentic book revealing the strength within the collective vulnerability of its contributors. What an honor it is to be a part of this timely work, a labor of love if ever there was one. Each of our narratives is unique and yet deeply connected by strong thematic fibers that include a quest to be all that we truly are in a landscape that asks us to relinquish our authentic selves as the entrance fee into the struggle to succeed. Although each of the authors has accomplished impressive levels of success, these are stories of the cost, the toll, and the eventual triumph of our very souls. This is a collective declaration of a commitment to succeed on our own terms and reclaim the beauty and power of our deepest selves and the ancestors who sowed their love and strength into us with their blood, sweat and tears. We honor them in this book. We honor us in this book.”
Linda Lausell Bryant, MSW, Ph.D
Latinx in Social Work Madrina
“This book offers a much-needed perspective of LatinX social workers' tireless efforts to advance equity and justice. These are personal stories of those working on the frontlines and are rich in emotion, philosophy, conflict, hope, and determination as they strive daily to make a difference in the quality of life of their communities. This book serves as an inspiration to future generations of Latinx social workers and the collective impact they look to make.”
Ana L. Oliveira
President & CEO of The New York Women's Foundation
Owning your own narrative is the true embodiment of freedom. This book highlights wonderful narratives that demonstrate the diversity of our Latina diaspora. Thank you for this important work.”
Lisette Nieves
President, Fund for the City of New York


Latinx in Social Work is not just a book, it’s a COMMUNITY.  Join us and be a part of this new group of Latinx making a mark in the social work industry. We are more powerful together.