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Arlene Garcia, MSW, PhD

Director of the Social Work Program at the University of the Virgin Islands

Arlene Garcia, MSW, PhD

Director of the Social Work Program at the University of the Virgin Islands

Biography

We have to own and define our own trauma narratives in order to heal and start an authentic journey towards liberation.

Dr. Arlene Garcia is the Director of the Social Work Program at the University of the Virgin Islands. She is a licensed clinical social worker and possesses a doctoral degree in educational leadership. 

Dr. Garcia served in many social work capacities, including leadership, for the CT State Department of Mental Health and Addictions Services for over 15 years. In 2016, Dr. Garcia started a private counseling practice, the CT Center for Counseling and Education. Her practice offers counseling services that support peace and healing within a social and racial justice framework.

She also engages in advocacy for equity and social justice on behalf of minority populations and has presented on subjects related to race, ethnicity, and organizational cultural competency and diversity in conferences across the country.

In 2015, Dr. Garcia and her colleagues started an education advocacy organization called RACCE (Radical Advocates for Cross Cultural Education). Their mission is to challenge systems of oppression and advocate for culturally competent educational practices.

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