Deb Marie Ortega
Professor and Director, University of Denver Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship
What I do
Social work is not something you do; social work is who you are.
culturally responsive practice, disparities, families and family systems, latina/latino populations, LGBTQIA, marginalized populations, race and ethnicity, racial justice, research methods, social justice
Ortega's funded research includes grants from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services's Administration for Children and Families and a number of state and foundation grants.
Ortega's research and scholarship focuses on improving services to families involved in the child welfare system, structural inequities across a variety of clients's systems, immigration, health disparities and the effects of everyday racism on the Latino community.
She is proud to be a part of the community of first-generation Latino college students.
- Ph.D., Social Welfare Research, University of Washington, 1999
- MSW, Social Work, Portland State University, 1988
- BA, Religious Studies, University of San Diego, 1984
Licensure / Accreditations
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
- Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
- Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)
Areas of Research
- United Neighborhoods Initiative - Social Emotional Learning Evaluation for McElwain Elementary
- Interfaith Youth Core
- University of Denver Out Through the Mind Award, University of Denver Center for Multicultural Excellence
- Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students, University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work
- Outstanding Faculty Award, University of Denver Greek Life