Latina/o/x Critical Race Theory (LatCrit) in Social Work Praxis

A Tool to Dismantle Racism and Build Racial Equity




Latina/o/x Critical Race Theory, Critical Race Theory, racism, social work education, anti-racist pedagogy, social work policy


We propose that the profession is theoretically at a point of convergence between CRT and LatCrit. Both theories are united in the production of knowledge to dismantle oppression. This article provides a brief review of CRT and a comprehensive understanding of LatCrit as a starting point for critical social work education perspectives. We discuss implications for social work education by broadening the racial discourse to include Latinas/os/x and suggest critical solutions and adaptations to current social work pedagogy to better prepare students to enter the social work field and respond to this growing population. We provide recommendations for reevaluating social work and find an exit from the loop of “band-aid” interventions that lack a fundamental basis for addressing the underlying causes of trauma, stress, and racism. We provide concrete examples for incorporating LatCrit into social work education, practice. We close by calling on the professions leading organizations, NASW and CSWE, to release statements addressing the recent assault on CRT (and LatCrit by way of its extension of CRT) and join other social work organizations in condemning the unfair attacks on CRT if social work is committed to the Grand Challenge to Eliminate Racism.

Author Biographies

Mónica Gutiérrez, University of Denver

Mónica Gutiérrez, MSW, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work
Denver, CO


Stephanie Lechuga-Peña, Arizona State University

Stephanie Lechuga Peña, MSW, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
College of Public Service and Community Solutions


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