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Laura Maria Martinez

Lecturer II

Martinez 123 Marshall




Associate Degree – Mental Health/Social Work – Oakland Community College
Bachelor Degree – Social Work – Eastern Michigan University
Masters Degree – Social Work – Concentration – Services to the Aged – Eastern Michigan University
Gerontology – Certificate – Eastern Michigan University
Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW)
Clinical and Macro Practice – State of Michigan

Professional Summary

Laura Martinez retired from public service after 34 years. This service include the State of Michigan, Department of Human Services where she worked in the areas of General Service Administration, Child Support, and Children Services, Domestic Violence, Fatherhood Engagement Initiative, Strong Families/Safe Children Division as a consultant and technical assistant to community groups working with at-risk populations.  She also served with the Department of Corrections as a Probation/Parole Agent; Mental Health Traumatic Incident Debriefer team member and Home Health Care Social Worker. Her professional interests focus in social welfare policy, advocacy and practice with diverse communities, community building and civic engagement with diverse populations, particularly in the areas of immigration related to repatriation of Latino populations.


  • Past President and current member of the Organization of Latino Social Workers
  • Past Vice President- Standards and Programs and current member-National Association of  Social Workers-Michigan Chapter
  • Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative
  • Fronteras Nortenas-Founding member-Promoting/preserving Latino history
  • CHASS Medical Clinic – Growth Fund Board Member
  • El Museo Del Norte – The Michigan Latina/o Museum and Cultural Center Project. – La Carpa: A mobile Memory Museum – founding and current member.


  • North American Indian Association of Detroit, Inc. – Chi Migwetch Award  2004 – Work with Indian Child Welfare
  • Eastern Michigan University – Gerontology – Distinguished Alumna of the Year – 2004 – Work with Latino Elders on documentation of oral histories
  • National Association of Social Workers – Michigan Chapter – Lisa Putnam Award – 2007 – Work with absent parents with children in foster care and fatherhood issues.
  • Eastern Michigan University – Social Work – Distinguished Alumna of the Year – 2009
  • Spirit of Detroit Award – Detroit City Council – 2008
  • Wayne County Council Against Family Violence – Spirit Award – 2008
  • Eastern Michigan University – Department of Academic Affairs – Outstanding Lecturer in a Supporting Role – 2009

Representative Courses Taught

SWRK 120: Intro to Social Work
SWRK 200: Human Diversity and Social Justice
SWRK 222: Social Welfare Policy and Services
SWRK 405: Analysis and Change in Social Welfare Policy
SRWK 451: Social Work Practice with People of Color
SWRK 488: Field Experience I
SWRK Independent Studies

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

Additional Information

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