Social Work Student Organizations


Living out your professional values of service and social justice is easy at the College of Social Work. Four active student organizations make getting involved simple. All organizations receive advising assistance and support from the college administration.


Social Work Student Association

The students’ voice—that’s what the SWSA is all about. It’s an organization within the College of Social Work officially recognized as representing the voice of all the students. Designed to accommodate and promote student needs– whether professional, educational or social–it provides a forum to discuss concerns with the appropriate faculty/ staff member /college committee and implement changes within the college.

SWSA elects officers and assigns student members to several college committees that call for student representation. Activities may include brown bag discussions, field placement introduction, fund raisers, social mixers and co- recreational sports, as well as active participation in planning committees for orientation and night of recognition.

Contact for general questions and concerns.



Alpha Delta Mu

Committed to promoting scholarship and service to the social work profession, the Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Delta Mu (the National Social Work Honor Society) includes graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the college. Annually, invitations are extended to students in the undergraduate program who have at least a 3.0 point-hour ratio and are in the top 20% of their class; graduate students must have at least a 3.5 point-hour ratio and rank in the top 20% of their class.

Social Welfare Action Alliance

If you’re interested in advocating for local, national, and worldwide issues, this organization is for you. Social Welfare Action Alliance, formerly the Bertha Capen Reynolds Society, is a national organization of hundreds of progressive social workers. The Alliance is formed around ten principles that reflect a concern for social justice, peace, and an allegiance with progressive social movements. Additionally, they articulate a need by social service workers for a practice and a theory that responds to progressive concerns. The alliance is coordinated by a national steering committee and the local chapter determines its own agenda, providing forums for discussions and debates as well as stimulating activism around local, national, and international issues.

MWANAFUNZI mwanafunzi08

With a focus on providing services and programs to minority students, the minority professional community and the community at large, MWANAFUNZI is the student chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers. It is open to all students who share an interest in social work and related fields.

MWANAFUNZI members are active in providing academic support and tutoring for African-American students both in the community and program. Through its “buddy-system” program, continuing students are paired with new students (members?) to ensure a successful transition into the social work program. Activities include community-sponsored skating parties for underprivileged children, food drives, and an annual sweat- and t-shirt sale. MWANAFUNZI members also actively participate in orientation and other college functions.

Contact for questions about membership, upcoming community service opportunities or events.

Out in Social Work

Out in Social Work is an organization created to unify Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Questioning and our Allies (LGBTQIAQ+A). We serve to positively affect the culture of the College of Social Work so that all students feel supported among their fellow students, professors, and college administrators.

We welcome all College of Social Work students, regardless of sexual orientation. Mission Statement: Out in Social Work is a student group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Questioning and our Allies in the College of Social Work. Out in Social Work will provide a supportive and welcoming community for LGBTQIAQ+A students in the College of Social Work, will engage the wider College of Social Work community in dialogue about LGBTQIAQ+A issues, and will connect with other LGBTQIAQ+A groups across campus



The Doctoral Student Organization in Social Work is free and open to all. Students enrolled in the PhD program in Social Work are automatically members. The election of officers takes place each spring.

Visit the Ohio Union website to learn more about Student Organizations at the University.