SERVE: Indigenous Community Social Workers for Change

SERVE’s goals are to:

  • focus on decolonizing the social work curriculum and pedagogy
  • create a more relevant program for Indigenous students by better understanding the history and needs of Indigenous populations
  • strive to shape child welfare services to better serve Indigenous children and families

HSU faculty member, Michelle Rainer, serves as the Northern Regional Project Coordinator for SERVE. Project Coordinators assist with capacity and relationship building with tribal entities and organizations within each region. Eligible American Indian students can receive financial support as full or part-time social work students with an emphasis on children and families as part of the Title IV-E CalSWEC Child Welfare Stipend Program.

For more information regarding this program, please contact Michelle Rainer,