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Social Work Organizations


Student Social Work Organization


The Student Social Work Organization (SSWO) exists to allow an outlet for student service, to inform students of meetings, workshops and conferences of interest to them, to supplement the formal educational experience, to provide for fellowship for those pursuing common goals, and to serve as a liaison with the social work department. SSWO sponsors forums, fund raisers, social events, and service and social action projects in the area.

SSWO has its own officers and Constitution, and has representation on the Community Advisory Committee to the social work department. All students who are in the social work program, or who have an interest in social and service action programs, are eligible to participate. You are encouraged to become involved in this organization.    

Many campus-wide committees and organizations also seek student membership and involvement.  Some that may be of interest to developing social work professionals include:


  • Gay – Straight Alliance (GSA)
  • Organization of Black Unity
  • Ablers Club (for students with disabilities)
  • International Students Club


Student Life has more information about student organizations on campus that may appeal to you as a social work major.

SSWO Membership Application 2012-13 (254kB) (PDF)

Phi Alpha Honor Society

The social work program hosts the Delta Omega chapter of Phi Alpha, the national leadership honor society of social work.  The purpose of Phi Alpha is to promote high standards of education for social workers, facilitate bonds between social work students, and promote service.

Criteria for admission to Phi Alpha include:

  • Full admission to the social work program
  • At least sophomore status
  • Completion of a minimum 9 credits of social work courses
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or better
  • GPA of 3.25 or better in social work courses
  • Documentation of minimum 10 hours of service to the community or campus (could include Student Social Work Organization).

Induction into Phi Alpha is held in fall and winter semesters at the end-of-the-semester department meetings.

Phi Alpha Honor Society Application 2013 (15kB)