Silvia Barragan found her passion for wanting to help others at a young age. Silvia and her family are immigrants from Mexico. Silvia often found herself being a translator for her parents. Even as a child Silvia realized there was a way to help people without making them feel lousy, and she knew she could be that person. Silvia is a proud first generation college student. As an undergraduate student at SDSU Silvia majored in Psychology and she was also involved in the work-study program. Silvia realized she could find everything she wanted for a career by entering the School of Social Work. Silvia went on to earn her MSW with a focus in mental health from SDSU.
Silvia has many roles and capacities as an LCSW and feels lucky that, “every day I get to get up and do what I love.” It is an honor for Silvia to interact with people, advocate for people, and teach people every single day. The variety of roles include liaison for Child Welfare Services, field faculty, and lecturer. Silvia’s classroom philosophy encourages students to develop an observing ego and pay attention to the process. She makes sure to encourage students to look at the relationships that are being created. Silvia’s presence creates a passionate, open, and encouraging learning environment. Silvia would like to remind students to take full advantage of all the opportunities available and there is no time like the present to get involved. As graduation is approaching and Silvia ends her Social Work 750 courses for the semester she hopes graduating students “never compromise their values.”
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