Gilberto Perez

Senior Director of Intercultural Development & Educational Partnerships

Gilberto Perez
  • Coordinate community policing presentations with Latino clergy, the Goshen Police Department, and other community-based organizations that serve Latinos in Goshen. The goal of the presentations are to increase trust between law enforcement officials and the Latino community and increase reports of witnessed crime.
  • Assist LaCasa, Inc. to further build relationships between Latino families and neighborhood associations in Goshen, IN.
  • Offer facilitator training to community leaders across Indiana to implement a mental health promotion curriculum at four Indiana Department of Correction juvenile correctional facilities.
  • Serve as a mentor to the newly formed Young Minority Leadership Network in Goshen, IN.

Currently, I serve as a community consultant with the IU School of Medicine on a longitudinal research project with Latino youth and families. Dr. Irene Park. Ph.D., leads a National Institute of Health research study on Latino youth. My primary role on the research team is to serve as liaison with the community on gaining access to Latino youth and families. Partnerships made with Goshen Community Schools, Elkhart Community Schools, Horizon Education Alliance, Latino congregations in Elkhart County, IU Health, Goshen, and Beacon Systems, Elkhart have allowed the research team to reach its primary recruitment goals.

Introduction to Social Work

Students are introduced to the field of social welfare, the social work profession, and the problem-solving process. Students develop a beginning understanding of social welfare and the profession and practice of social work from both a historical perspective and current perspective.

Social Work Field Experience

Students spend at least 40 hours in a social service agency. During this placement, they learn about formal agency structure and services provided. The student moves from learning about social work to limited involvement in a social service setting.

Social Welfare & Policy I

Provides students with a basic understanding of selected social problems and social welfare policy and the connection between social problems, social welfare policy, programs, and services. Social and economic justice serves an organizing theme for the course and is examined in relation to various forms of oppression.

Social Welfare & Policy II

Students make a macro assessment and critical evaluation of social welfare policies and programs. Students learn to better identify social problems as they encounter them in practice, assess the potential for macro-level intervention, and evaluate the ways in which these problems are being addressed by existing policies and programs.

Human Behavior

Students examine human functioning within the context of social systems, throughout the life cycle.

Child Welfare

Students examine the field of child welfare, including its historical development and the significant child welfare policies and the current social, political, and economic context in which child welfare services function.

Co-presenter with Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D., UC Davis, Center for the Reduction of Health Disparities, Community-Based Participatory Research Institute, San Francisco State University. June 2013.

Presenter, “Community-Defined Bienvenido Groups.” International Association of Social Work with Groups, Simmons College, Boston, MA. June 2013.

Presenter, “Evaluation and sustainability of a community-based program: Bienvenido Program.” Latino Mental Health Conference, Community Defined Solutions for Latino Mental Health Care Disparities, University of California Davis. November 2012.

Contributor, National Consensus Meeting & Report, “Enhancing the Delivery of Health Care: Eliminating Health Disparities through a Culturally and Linguistically Centered Integrated Health Care Approach.” Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Austin, TX and the Office of Minority Health, Washington, D.C.  June 2012.

Contributor, California Community Defined Solutions for Latino Mental Health Disparities Report, University of California Davis, Sacramento, June 2012.

Presenter, “Bienvenido: Promoting a Strength’s Based Model Among Latino Populations.” Council on Social Work Education Annual Conference, October 2011, Atlanta, GA.

Presenter, “Mental health promotion in the Latino community.” Latino Behavioral Health Institute Annual Conference, September 2011, Los Angeles, CA.

Trainer, “Bienvenido Community of Practice: Virtual Community.” National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health Care and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. May 2010. Online training.

Lecturer, “Mental health and Spirituality.” Benin Bible Institute. July 2010, Cotonou, Benin, Africa.

Keynote speaker, “Empowering Diverse Communities, Bridging the Social Divide.” National Association of Christian Social Workers. October 2009, Indianapolis, IN.

Presenter, “Bienvenido Program.” Mennonite World Conference, July 2009. Asunción, Paraguay.

Speaker, School Social Work Institute, University of Southern Indiana. June 2007. Evansville, IN.

“Helping the Latino Immigrant Student Adjust: The Bienvenido Acculturation Program.” NASW, Specialty Practice Section. Summer 2005.

“Addressing the Migration Experience.” Journal of Rural Mental Health. January 2005.

“Confío en ti.” Journal of Social Work, Puerto Rico, Vol 1., 2003.


  • Recipient of the Indiana Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, Governor’s Commission, Hispanic/Latino of the Year, Indiana.

National Association of Social Workers

Council on Social Work Education

The Association of Social Work Baccalaureate Program Directors

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Board of Directors

Plan Commission Member, City of Goshen

Elkhart County Community Corrections, Advisory Board

Associate Professor of Social WorkGoshen College

Program Director, Northeastern Center, Inc.
Kendallville, IN

2010-2012      Regional Pastor, Indiana/Michigan Mennonite Conference

Therapist/Social Worker, Hospital General Menonita, Inc.Aibonito, PR