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Welcome to the Native American Social Work Studies Institute

NASWSI is situated within New Mexico Highlands University.

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NASWSI has a unique curriculum for future social workers centered on tribal issues

We aim to be a resource for new and enrolled NMHU School of Social Work students. Check out our list of Helpful Links below:

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NASWSI is proud to partner with these great institutions:

UNM School of Medicine, National Trial Tribal College, Advocacy, Inc. and Southwest Center for Law & Policy

Native American Social Work Studies Institute

Cultivating Resiliency in Social Work

A Message from the Director of NASWSI

The Native American Social Work Studies Institute (“Institute”) was conceptualized several decades ago by Dr. Evelyn Blanchard who spent her life’s long work helping others. The efforts of a small group of social workers and other helping professionals in partnership with New Mexico Highlands University established the Institute within the Facundo Valdez School of Social Work. The Institute continues to offer education and training to social workers, students, and other helping professionals that support Native American social work practices and preserve our culture and values.

-Melissa E. Riley, Ph.D. Director, Native American Social Work Studies Institute

News and Updates

Stay up to date with the latest information and news on the Native American Work Studies Institute through our blog.

Category: Institute, Staff

February 08, 2024

Youth Skills-Based Training: Recruiting a New Generation of Social Workers

New Mexico Highlands University's Facundo Valdez School of Social Work (FVSSW) is proud to announce a pioneering one-day skill-based training event for New Mexico high school students interested in pursuing a career in

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Category: Institute, Legislative, Staff

February 08, 2024

Native American Social Work Studies Institute Announces its Student Ambassador

We are thrilled to announce that Marklin Morales has been selected as Student Ambassador for the New Mexico Highlands University's Facundo Valdez School of Social Work, explicitly representing the Native American Social

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Category: Institute, Podcast Episodes, Staff

February 08, 2024

Engaging Through Film: Native American Social Work Studies Institute’s Movie Nights

The Native American Social Work Studies Institute is taking a creative and impactful approach to engage social work students with Native American and Indigenous issues. The Institute aims to foster a deeper understandin

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The History of NASWSI

NASWSI was founded by the Facundo Valdez School of Social Work at New Mexico Highlands University to fill a need for a university program developed with advanced practice on the complex social issues of Native Americans to educate future social workers. Since 2017, the Institute has been supported by the State Legislature.

NASWSI aims to be the leader in research and practice in Native American social work and is known for having the expertise to make an impact on how tribal communities are served by social workers and other helping professionals.
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