Yolanda Rodriguez-Escobar, LMSW, ABD
Instructor of Social Work
Phone: 210-434-6711, ext. 2222
PhD Candidate (ABD), School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin
Master of Social Work, University of California at Berkeley, 1983
BA in Social Welfare, University of California at Berkeley, 1981
Associate's Degree in Child Development, San Antonio College, 1978
Licenses and Certifications:
Master Social Work (LMSW), State of Texas Board of Examiners for Social Workers
Yolanda Rodriguez-Escobar's research interests include women’s issues, community health, HIV/AIDS and health disparities among people of color, specifically the Mexican-American population, with an overall interest in cultural/gender-specific service delivery. Professor Rodriguez-Escobar's teaching interests are in the areas of direct practice, human behavior in the social environment, grief and loss, culture diversity/competency, community organization, gender studies and health disparities among people of color. Since August of 2009, she has been an instructor of social work in OLLU's Worden School of Social Service. Prior to that, she was an adjunct faculty member at the Oblate School of Theology. Professor Rodriguez-Escobar has also taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Texas at Austin.
Her research experience includes ethnographer in the Center for Social Work Research at UT-Austin, where she worked on the project, "Texas Families in Transition," -- A qualitative study on Welfare Reform.
Professor Rodriguez-Escobar has been the executive director of Mujeres Unidas Contra el SIDA since May of 1999. Here she supervises all staff, prepares and submits all proposals for funding, as well as administers all reports to current grantors. She represents the organization at conferences and meetings, and oversees the evaluation component of all programs.
Her publications include, Mujeres and CHAMP's Prevention Justice Partnership: Another Lesson Learned; and Culturally Relevant Social Work Services for Latinas Infected or Affected With HIV/AIDS.
In December of 2009, she presented: Taking a Social Determinants of Health Approach to HIV/AIDS Among Women of Color, webinar sponsored by Grantmakers in Health.
In November of 2009, she participated in the 55th Annual Council of Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting in San Antonio.
Professor Rodriguez-Escobar is a member of the Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) Capacity Building Advisory Board; Office on Women's Health's Women (OWH) and HIV/AIDS Prevention Strategies Workgroup; HIV Perinatal Workgroup; Multicultural Health Care Education Foundation (MHCEF) National Advisory Council; PROCEED Advisory Board; Texas HIV Medication Advisory Committee; Gilead Sciences, Community Education Task Force; National Association for Social Workers (NASW); Latino Social Workers Association (LSWA); Hope Action Care, Board Treasurer; American Red Cross, Volunteer HIV/AIDS Certified Instructor; Ms. Foundation for Women – Advisory Board Member; WSSS-MSW Committee; and the WSSS-Hispanic Core Content Committee.
In April 2010, she received the The West Side Story Faculty Award, Worden School of Social Service, Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work; and The Founders Award from Mujeres Unidas, Inc.