Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work Special Issue Call for Papers

Advances in Social Work Practice with Multicultural Communities

Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work

The Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, in collaboration with the CSWE Center of Diversity and Social & Economic Justice, invites you to submit your article to a forthcoming Special Issue on Advances in Social Work Practice with Multicultural Communities.

The JECDSW aims to develop knowledge and promote understanding of the impact of culture, ethnicity, and class on the delivery of social services.

JECDSW is a major social work journal that has been published since 1990 and provides an important forum for scholars and researchers to examine multicultural issues in social work and human services provision.

The field of multicultural practice has advanced considerably in the last fifty years. Emerging research is replacing broad descriptions of the cultural traits of ethnoracial communities with empirically based practice approaches.

However, many of the new advances have not been integrated into social work education. Indeed, studies indicate gaps in current approaches to working with ethnoracial populations, who often perceive a lack of sensitivity on the part of social workers and report low satisfaction with service provision.

This special issue provides a platform to share findings from empirical research (including quantitative, qualitative, intervention, or community-based studies) on effective methods of responsive practice with diverse ethnoracial communities. 

This Special Issue welcomes submissions related to the following topics: 

  • Research on the effectiveness of practice interventions that integrates cultural elements in a range of fields and areas of practice (including original research and meta-syntheses).
  • Studies on effective cultural adaptations of existing interventions.
  • Empirical analyses of client perceptions and experiences related to service access and delivery among ethnoracial groups.
  • New research methodologies for the study of multicultural practice.
  • Empirically-based innovative models of cross-cultural competence that can be applied to social work practice, including models that draw from other disciplines or incorporate other approaches (for example, patient-centered care, narrative medicine, and ethnoracial group-centered frameworks).

Interested in submitting your article?

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2018. We encourage you to contact the guest editors if you have an idea for an article that you would like to discuss in advance of the deadline.

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Editorial information

  • Guest Editor: Yolanda C. Padilla, PhD, MSSW, Clara Pope Willoughby Centennial Professor in Child Welfare, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin ( )
  • Guest Editor: Ruth McRoy, PhD, MSSW, Donahue and DiFelice Endowed Professor, School of Social Work, Boston College (
  • Guest Editor: Rocío Calvo, PhD, Associate Professor & Director, Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI). Boston College School of Social Work ( )