Category: Institute, Legislative

Date: January 22, 2024


In our latest blog post, we delve into the transformative efforts of the Native American Social Work Studies Institute (NASWSI) at New Mexico Highlands University, as detailed in their Fall 2023 Legislative Funding Report. The two attachments provide a comprehensive overview of NASWSI’s mission to develop a Native-specific concentration of social work studies, their achievements, and future objectives. The first attachment outlines the institute’s key objectives, major accomplishments, partnerships, and the unique courses and programs offered, emphasizing their dedication to educating and training social workers to serve tribal nations and indigenous communities. The second attachment highlights the tangible impact NASWSI has had, such as increasing student enrollment and forming critical partnerships, while also setting forth ambitious future goals to further enhance their contribution to social work education with a focus on Native American communities. Together, these documents underscore the importance of legislative funding in supporting NASWSI’s commitment to cultural knowledge, wisdom, and healing within social work practices.



Dr. Riley is an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe of New Mexico. She has worked in the field of social work for over 23 years and is currently the Director of the Native American Social Work Studies Institute. Her passion is working with people and teaching and learning new things.


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