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Degrees of DifferenceReflections of Women of Color on Graduate School$
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Kimberly D. McKee and Denise A. Delgado

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043185

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043185.001.0001

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Learning the Legacy of the Social Work Professional

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Degrees of Difference

Arianna Taboada

University of Illinois Press

This chapter describes the graduate school experience of one Latina social worker as she entered what is known as a “helping profession.” Taboada critically examines how she learns to navigate the legacy of white privilege and power engrained in the curriculum, as well as in her field training. Using the Lens of Critical Race and LatCrit Theory, the chapter zooms in on the isolation experienced by lack of diversity in social work graduate school programs and highlights the irony of this gap as social workers are trained to serve predominantly low-income communities of color.

Keywords:   social work, public health, social services, Chicanx, Latinx, professional helper, migration, immigration

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