To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we asked Hispanic social workers to talk to us about their careers.
Daniel Pedraza, MSW, LCSW-R
New York City Deparment of Education
Bronx, New York
Q. Mr. Pedraza, where did you earn your social work degree?
I graduated from Fordham University with an MSW in 1995.
Q. What is your area of specialization?
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the New York City Department of Education. I have been employed as a school social worker the last five years years. Prior to that I worked as a psychiatric social worker at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY for 10 years.
My specialty is working with children and families. My bilingual abilities allows me to work with hispanic families new and old and recent immigrants as well.
Q. Why did you choose social work as your profession?
The single biggest reason I chose social work is to honor my mother. She gave food and clothing to the homeless when I was a child hoping to convert them to her religion.
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