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Student Organizations

Student Organization

The Student Organization is the umbrella organization for all School of Social Work students. This organization provides student/community advocacy, serves as a liaison to the faculty and administration, provides education through speakers and presentations, information on current and upcoming events, and serves as a place for students to voice ideas and concerns. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 3:00pm – 4:30pm at Thompson Home.

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CyberMentor Project

The CyberMentor Project provides cutting edge mentoring to high school students designed to address the issue of cyberbullying among youth, while encouraging responsible use of technology. CyberMentors apply their social work knowledge and values to the mentorship relationship and use technology to communicate with mentees during a year long collaboration. CyberMentors also engage in campus based activities to educate college students about online civility and cyber responsibility. To learn more about the SSW CyberMentor Project, visit: http://wsucybermentors.weebly.com/index.html

Phi Alpha National Honor Society of Social Workers

The purpose of Phi Alpha is to recognize and promote scholastic achievement among students and faculty involved in the undergraduate or graduate social work program at WSU School of Social Work.  To recognize, improve and further the goals of social work in the community, state, nation and world.  To stimulate interest in preparation for a career in social work.  To encourage continued study and research at the undergraduate level, the graduate level, and in professional practice.  To recognize those professional social workers and others whose service contributions and leadership are held in esteem

Greater Detroit Association of Black Social Workers - (student chapter)

The School’s chapter of the Greater Detroit Association of Black Social Workers (GDABSW-s) involves itself in educational, research and community service activities on a year-round basis. GDABSW-s assists African American students in making the adjustment to the School of Social Work and provides students with supportive educa­tional services. GDABSW-s also sponsors forums, luncheons, con­ventions and fund raising events, as well as a schedule of social and leisure time activities.

Student Organization of Latino and Latina Social Workers (SOLASW)

The Student Organization of Latino and Latina Social Workers (SOLASW) is an organization for students interested in Hispanic affairs. SOLASW works to increase the number of Hispanic students and faculty in the School, to integrate the Hispanic experience into the School’s program and academic settings, to link the Hispanic community needs with School resources, and to provide a Hispanic-related student forum in the University community. Membership in SOLASW is open to Hispanic and non-Hispanic students. Contact the School of Social Work for meeting dates/times.

Coalition for Community Social Work (CCSW)

This group seeks to enhance the education and practice skills of its members while engaging in various community building, rebuilding and revitalization efforts. Historically, its membership has collabo­rated to organize the annual WSU “Take Back the Night” event. Contact the School of Social Work for meeting dates/times.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Social Work (SOGI-SW)

SOGI-SW supports the social, academic and advocacy concerns of students of all sexual orientations and gender identities (with a specific focus on the LGBTQ community) in the School of Social Work at WSU. Its goal is to educate and inspire others at the school, and throughout the university population regarding sensitivity and respect for people with different sexual orientations and gender identities from their own.  

International Social Work Organization (ISWO)

The ISWO is a student organization interested in enhancing public awareness of issues impacting the broader international community. The ISWO sponsors international guest speakers and activities designed to educate and inspire activism to improve the human con­dition domestically and abroad. Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 3:00pm – 4:30pm at Thompson Home.

Student Fitness & Wellness Organization (SFWO)

SFWO advocates the importance of health, wellness and fitness among social work students, faculty and staff. SFWO provides wellness/nutrition seminars, exercise opportunities, and information related to emotional and physical health. 

Special Interest Groups

Each year there are students with special interests who organize themselves into student activity groups. These have included the Arab/Chaldean student group, Jewish student group, and Christian student group.