Student Organizations

Want to combine your professional and personal interests? Join one of our student organizations and make friends while gaining skills and service hours! All Social Work students are provided with the opportunity to organize in their own interest through the University and School of Social Work.  For more information on student organizations, please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Services at (313)‐577‐4409 or visit the Dean of Students Office website.  Organizations listed below are open to all students. 

Social Work Student Organizations

  • Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW): Educational, research and community service activities with a focus on students of color. Contact: Michanda Gant at
  • Auntie Na's Harvesting Unity: Auntie Na's House is a place that offers a wide range of services and opportunities for self expression/education for community members.  Contact: Dustin Feinberg at
  • Coalition for Community Social Work (CCSW): Enhance education and practice skills while engaging in various community building, rebuilding and revitalization efforts. Contact: Kylie Knight @ (Advisor: Judith Wineman and Tamarie Willis)
  • Diabetes Education Wellness (DEW) Clinic: Interdisciplinary student run clinic with the purpose to educate and empower patients with diabetes to have more autonomy in the management of their disease. Contact: TBD (Advisor: Takisha LaShore)
  • International Social Work Organization (ISWO): Unites social work students from diverse backgrounds and strives to raise awareness about social issues facing the global community.  Contact: TBD (Advisor: Durrenda Onolemhemhen)
  • Jewish Social Work Student Association (JSWSA): Promoting professional development and networking opportunities with a focus on students members of the Jewish community. Contact: TBD (Advisor: Judith Wineman)
  • Just Speak Inc.: Chapter of the Detroit‐based non‐profit child sexual abuse advocacy with a focus on intervention/prevention of child sexual abuse with dedicated to survivors.  Contact Tori Leaphart at
  • Mental Health Matters Association (MHMA): Increase awareness and reduce stigma regarding mental health through trainings, networking and community engagement. Contact Aubrey Gilliland at (Advisor: A. Gonzalez‐Prendes and Shantalea Johns)
  • Phi Alpha National Honor Society of Social Workers: National organization that supports high standards in SW education. Open to all BSW's & MSW's that qualify and apply for membership.Contact: Dena Schwartz at (Advisor: Sarah Doyle) 
  • Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity in SW (SOGI‐SW): Supports the social, academic and advocacy concerns of students of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Contact: TBD (Advisor: Kim Jaffee)
  • Student Fitness & Wellness Organization (SFWO): Advocates for the importance of health, wellness and fitness among social work students, faculty and staff. Contact Andrea Vallelunga at

Social Work Student Research Community

The Social Work Student Research Community (formerly known as S.M.A.R.T.) was founded in 2010 to promote, develop, and sustain an environment in which Social Work students are afforded the opportunity to work together to apply theoretical foundations for research (taught in the classroom) to the real world. Social Work Student Research Community is a cross-program (BSWMSW, and PhD) community designed to provide opportunities for students to meet and discuss the various stages of research and research relevant topics, attend professional development workshops and Brown Bags, and collaborate with social work faculty. In other words, participate in a culture of learning that emphasizes the importance and value of research competence in the field of social work.

For more information on Social Work Student Research Community please contact Caitlin Brown at or visit the Center for Social Work Research website here.

For printable flyer on the Social Work Student Research Community click here

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