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The University of Iowa School of Social Work has had a longstanding commitment to the power of learning about U.S./Latin American relations through the practice of immersion learning and community exchanges. Beginning in  1976 when Professor Tom Walz took the first undergraduate class to Michoacán, México, the School has continued its commitment to providing academic credit for immersion learning in the U.S. and in other countries.

Iowa Latino Conference

Earn academic credit for participating in the annual Strengthening and Valuing Latino/a Communities in Iowa Conference. Contact Kate Kemp, UI School of Social Work , 308 North Hall, 319-335-1254.

Travel Seminar in Mexico

Social Work Travel Student Seminar in Mexico: Elders, Children and La Familia Latino , August 3-14, 2008 (course-related activities begin June 13 and end September 19, 2008). The Travel Seminar to Mexico will give students an opportunity to earn 3 s.h. of credit while learning about elders or children in Mexico , and the role of family and social services in providing care for these vulnerable groups. This is also an opportunity to learn about Latino culture and life in Mexican cities and towns. Social Work (BA and MSW) students and Aging Studies students are especially encouraged to apply. For further information contact the UI Office for Study Abroad at 1111 University Capitol Centre, 319-335-0353 or Kate Kemp, UI School of Social Work, 308 North Hall, 319-335-1254. Professor Susan Murty and Eli Silva Martinez can provide additional information about the location, community, and service learning experiences planned: or



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