DSW Candidate – Nelida Medina, LCSW,10:30 AM – 11:45AM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Latino Education, A Texas Size Problem: Empowering Parents Through Policy Education

DSW Candidate – Nelida Medina, LCSW

Monday, April 22, 2024

10:30 AM – 11:45AM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Latino Education, A Texas Size Problem: Empowering Parents Through Policy Education

Latinos are the largest minority demographic in the state of Texas. However, Latino students have a dropout rate twice as high than that of their White peers. This issue has contributed to poverty in the Latino community as well as a shortage of competent bilingual professionals. Research has shown that Latino parents who engage in their students education have a positive effect on their educational outcomes. This presentation will seek to review scholarly literature on Latino education and parental engagement as well as present an innovative intervention to address the issue guided by Latino Critical Race Theory (LatCrit).

Product One is a systematic literature review that seeks to answer the question, “does Latino parents’ knowledge of educational policy have an effect on graduation outcomes?”. Product Two introduces LatCrit as a theoretical framework for an innovative idea that educates Latino parents on local school policy. Product Three presents a social worker-led parent support group that teaches parents different local educational policies to empower them to engage their students school systems.

Latino parents face many barriers within the school system. Teaching them about local educational policy will give them the tools they need to push against oppressive systems that do not benefit their children. The time is now to act for the future Latino students in Texas.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn about the barriers that exist for Latino parents to engage their local school systems.
  2. Participants will understand the consequences of Latino students abandoning their studies prematurely.
  3. Participants will become knowledgeable about the Por El Futuro Curriculum.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.

Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.