My name is Luis Alfonso Zamarripa and I am the coordinator for the Bachelor of Social Work Program. On behalf of the Social Work Department, I thank you for your interest in our program. Our goal is to prepare social work students to engage in generalist social work practice with diverse client populations with particular emphasis on the bi-national multi-cultural population of the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez border region. As you navigate the BSW Program website, you will find the entire application process and forms available for use.
I look forward to helping you develop an engaged and meaningful educational experience here at UTEP.
Yours for a better community,
61 Bachelor of Social Work students actively engaged in this semester's community of practice through the HOPE Clinic at the Opportunity Center of El Paso, on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Some of students helped consumers to navigate throughout the health fair and services provided by other health sciences disciplines such as nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.
The U S Department of Homeland Security acknowledged our UTEP social work students who collaborated with them on a food drive. The Student Association of Social Workers lead this collaborative effort to benefit our community. Over 300 lbs of food were collected.
On Friday, March 29, 2019, the NASWTX Rio Grande Branch hosted their annual awards & dinner banquet. It was held at Cafe Mayapan where BSW Senior Student, Yohanna Duarte was recognized as the Social Work Student of the Year. Ms. Duarte is currently in the Honors Program and is the President of the Student Association of Social Workers at UTEP. The social work department celebrates Ms. Duarte's recognition and accomplishment.
Social Work Students Collaborate With Medical Students Through Inter-Professional Learning on 01/09/2019
MSW & BSW Students actively engaged with medical students from the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine during their winter break.
BSW Junior, Emily Ramirez writes, "Meeting with the medical students at Texas Tech for case panel discussions was truly an eye opener for me. I was a bit anxious at first but once I met with the students, my apprehension prevailed and I was able to engage them into the case discussion. I believe this was a great opportunity for us to engage and share knowledge with one another. I realized how crucial it is to communicate with others and become resourceful. I now recognize the importance of navigating a conversation while staying focused on other’s needs and articulating everyone’s point of view. Overall, it was a wonderful experience."
Texas Tech Forum
"On January 9, 2019 I was part of a group of UTEP students in the Social Work department to be invited to participate in a forum with Texas Tech second year medical students. The forum was to raise awareness of how Community Health Workers (CHW), Navigators and Social Workers can add to or enhance the healing of medical patients when the parts work together. There were six teams of panelists having a Navigator, CHW and a Social Worker that rotated between tables of medical students. Each table was given three scenarios of cases that may be faced in practice: one was Michael a heart attack victim being released from the hospital, two Elena a female needing after care from a breast cancer screening, and Juan a teenage boy who was bullied for being LGBTQ. Each team of medical students would read the scripted scenario, then the panel team would ask probing questions about the case like “What did you feel from this case?” or “What stood out to you about this case?” etc. The panel would then guide the discussion on how the three members of the panel could or would assist in each case. Taking time to aske the students what they grasped of the other three team members roles. Each team would rotate every ten minutes, when complete the group was asked to share what they had learned or taken from the exercise. The panels were held for two class periods working with about one-hundred medical students. I enjoyed being a part of the exercise a great opportunity to network with students and faculty from Texas Tech. I believe I learned as much from them as they learned from me, I also gained a better understanding of the roles of CHW’s and Navigators."
Submitted by Shawn Vosburg, BSW Junior
The BSW Junior Cohort ended the Fall 2018 semester with a unified celebration on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. There were several important reasons to celebrate. First, our BSW Cohort had one December graduate, Carmen Garcia. Ms. Garcia's accomplishment of obtaining her BSW was definitely reason to join in her accomplishment. Second, Marleen Roth is expecting a new baby girl in February 2019. Because she is an official part of our social work family, her peers suggested we include a baby shower in her honor. Finally, the end of the Fall semester was wrapped up with a final debriefing of all the service learning and community site visits experienced throughout it.
UTEP BSW Juniors were hosted by Judge Linda Chew of the 327th District Court in down town El Paso on November 29, 2018. Judge Chew and Belinda Acuna, Drug Court Specialist educated our students on their drug court program. Judge Chew’s approach of compassion and respecting the inherent dignity and worth of every person, is clearly consistent with our social work values. Her soft tone and gentle demeanor inspire a sense of trust and care for her consumers.
Intro to social work students were hosted by UTEP alumni, Tavo Vidal and Naomi Martinez at the Stephen A. Cohen Military Family Clinic on Monday, November 19, 2018. The students learned about short-term mental health services provided to veterans post 911 and their families. The visit included a tour of their high-tech facility. Students were engaged, impressed, and motivated to pursue their social work education. Proud Miners were encouraged to pursue their graduate studies.
BSW Junior Cohort's Policy I students spent their afternoon on 11/08/2018 at the Juvenile Justice Center. Chief Roger Martinez and Deputy Marc Marquez graciously hosted, educated us about their services & programs and toured our students throughout their facility. What an enlightening experiential learning opportunity! Go Miners!
Introduction to Social Work students, Amanda Samaniego, Clarissa Perez, Hector Rubio, Donna Elizalde, Exiquio Saldivar, Chan Bee Kang Yu, and Luis M. Casas actively engaged in our community through high impact learning. These brilliant Miners serving at the 7th Annual Parent Conference for consumers of Child Protective Services, Juvenile Probation Department, and Aliviane Treatment & Recovery all while keeping true to social works values of service, competence, dignity and worth of the person,and understanding the importance of human relationships. Clinical Instructor, Luis Alfonso Zamarripa received several compliments from community professionals on these great students' work ethic. Young Miners staying Sharp!
28 BSW Juniors from Mr. Luis Alfonso Zamarripa's Policy I class actively engaged in experiential learning through the HOPE Plus Clinic at the Opportunity Center for the Homeless of El Paso on Wednesday, 10/17/2018.
The 28 students collected & donated a total of 66 hygiene kits PLUS 4 large bags of good, gently used clothing for the residents. It gave students an opportunity to engage with some of the most vulnerable citizens of our community and helped us gain an appreciation for all the support that the OC gives to them.
Along with Instructor Zamarripa, the BSW Junior cohort donated a total of 110 hours of their time to this great effort.
"We were very excited to be a part of this great experiential learning opportunity and look forward to continue supporting the OC. Students are already planning a trip to the OC on 12/06/18 to take additional donations.
I could not be more proud of my students! - Luis Alfonso Zamarripa, LMSW
"The BSW Junior Cohort spent their day attending The 11th Annual Crimes Against the Elderly Conference on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. For most of the students, this was their first time attending a professional conference. The students were engaged in their experiential learning by learning of community resources that had information tables at the venue. They also met other human service professionals and learned from the slate of presentations facilitated throughout the day. Some of our students even walked away with door prizes. Overall, our students enjoyed a frutiful & productive day."