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Oaxaca 2024
LSWO in Partnership with New Mexico Highlands University

LSWO Crossing Borders Initiative:

Enhancing our Global Understanding,

Knowledge, and Skills.

Symposium & Educational Retreat
Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico
February 22-24, 2024

Contact: Adriana Gonzalez Sandrolini, LCSW, CADC at

Oaxaca city, Scenic old city streets and colorful colonial buildings in historic city cent

The theme of the LSWO Symposium 2024 is ¿Como es que la Cultura Cura?, how is it that culture is healing? The symposium intends to enhance the skills, knowledge, and commitment to the ethics and cultural competency standards of the social work profession. We are partnering with Mexican and US professionals to better understand the role of traditional healing and culture on mental health and community well-being. We chose Oaxaca City as the site of this symposium because of its remarkable range of ethnic, linguistic, and cultural diversity. We will highlight the vital but evolving role women play in their communities. We will explore how generational wisdom is passed on through oral traditions in Oaxaca, and how communal empowerment and advocacy enrich everyday life. 


The LSWO Symposium 2024 will be on February 22, 23, and 24. Workshops, panels, and keynotes will take place between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM all three days. We have leaders in the social work profession presenting on traditional ways of healing, social justice, community interventions, and research.

We hope to enhance your cultural experience in Oaxaca by offering tours in the afternoon starting at 3:30 PM and on Sunday, February 25, 2024, LSWO participants have been invited to San Francisco Cajonos, Villa Alta (3 hours from Oaxaca City) where we will be provided with a tour of their Cultural Museum by Adrian Rodriguez and Victor Mata Palacios, and they will host a party with comida tipica, banda, and dancing for those who wish to attend.


Join the LSWO in Oaxaca, Mexico


Adriana Gonzalez-Sandrolini, LCSW


M. Alejandra Acuna, PhD, LCSW


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