Student Organizations

SSW Student Org List PDF

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.  The Social Work organizations listed below are open to all students. 

Social Work Student Alliance

In 2021, the School created an umbrella organization for our growing list of student organizations, the Social Work Student Alliance (SWSA). The Alliance is a one-stop shop for all student activities at the School of Social Work. If you are looking for academic assistance, wellness resources, or student advocacy opportunities, the Social Work Student Alliance is the place to be. To get involved, simply join our Student Alliance Zoom call, every Tuesday from 3-4 pm. Contact: Andre Iadipaolo, Project Coordinator (

Social Work Student Organizations

Faculty Liason to Social Work Student Organizations: Judith Wineman at

  • Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW): The ABSW at Wayne State chapter. The ABSW Wayne State chapter is a Black student-led organization that leads special events and projects. ABSW aims to create a sacred space for social justice, activism, and advocacy within the WSU Social Work community. Contact: Damon Creighton, Vice President (
  • Coalition of Community Social Workers (CCSW): CCSW is the macro-practice student organization at the Wayne State School of Social Work. CCSW provides social work students from all concentrations hands-on opportunities to experience macro social work. Contact: Rajan Varmon, President (
  • Muslim Women's Social Work Association (MWSA)This organization will re-group in fall 2021. The Muslim Women's Social Work Association specializes in direct service to various Detroit communities. The MWSA signature event is "Blessing Bags", which takes place in mid-winter and packs over 300 food packages for distribution to individuals experiencing homelessness. 
  • Social Entrepreneurship Organization (SWSE): This organization promotes social entrepreneurship wihtin the School of Social Work, the Wayne State campus, and the wider community. Social entrepreneurship has increasingly become a focus within the School it works to expand and strengthen its macro training, most notably through the revision of its MSW concentration in Innovations in Community, Policy, and Leadership (I-CPL). Learn more Contact: Tomiko Gumbleton, President
  • Social Work Queer Alliance (SWQA)The SWQA  is committed to creating an accepting and supportive community for all people through education, advocacy, and social action. Together we discuss current issues, learn from each other, and provide safe resources for the LGBTQ community. Contact: Kristen Prasiloski, President (
  • Social Work Peer Support (SWPS): SWPS is the School's official WSU supported Learning Community. SWPS is here to provide personal and academic guidance for any social work student as they progress through the program.
    Peer mentors are available for one-on-one appointments and hold support groups and events throughout the year. SWPS also offers discussion boards and modules for student success, all available on our SWPS Canvas page. Contact: Stacey Woggon, Lead Mentor (

Social Work Student Research CommunityDetroit, MI

The Social Work Student Research Community (SWSRC), formerly known as SMART was founded in 2010 to promote, develop, and sustain an environment in which Social Work students are afforded opportunities to apply theoretical foundations for research to the real world. SWSRC is a cross-program community designed to provide opportunities for students to attend professinal development events, collaborate with social work faculty on your current research projects, and access online resources to guide you through the research process.

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