Professional and Student Organizations for BSW Students 2017-2018

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

The faculty of the School of Social Work encourages students to become members of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Benefits of NASW membership include a reduction of fees for workshops and other special events, and a subscription to the journal Social Work. Information and applications for membership may be obtained online at http://www.naswdc.org/.

Undergraduate Social Work Organization (USWO)

All undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Social Work are eligible to become members of the USWO. This organization provides a format for student discussion of issues, both professional and academic as well as for socializing and fun.

Contact: Dr. Laura Hopson lmhopson@sw.ua.edu

Social Work Association for Cultural Awareness (SWACA)

This organization provides a structure and forum through which social work students and students from other disciplines can exchange ideas, offer services, and develop programs in the interest of minority communities and the community at large.

Contact: Dr. Cassandra Simon csimon@sw.ua.edu or Dr. Jo Pryce jpryce@sw.ua.edu

Phi Alpha Honorary Society-Psi Chapter

To become an active member of this national social work honorary, undergraduate students must have declared social work as a major and completed nine semester hours in social work courses with an overall grade point average of 3.00 and a grade point average of 3.50 in social work courses.

Contact: Dr. Debra Nelson-Gardell dnelsong@sw.ua.edu

Social Work Ambassadors

Ambassadors serve the School by assisting in a variety of functions serving recruitment and retention purposes. For example, they assist with Bama Bound (freshmen orientation), Capstone Scholars Day, Homecoming events, and Career Days. Eligibility requirements (pg. 51) and application (92) can be found in the BSW Handbook.

Contact: Aubrey Stewart alstewart4@ua.edu

Academic Honor Council

The Academic Honor Council is committed to strengthening a culture of integrity at The University of Alabama. The purpose of the council is summarized by the Capstone Creed. The honor council works so that every student can realize the ideals of the Creed and pursue knowledge and strive for excellence beginning in the classroom.

Contact: Mary Sella msella@sw.ua.edu

Student Government Association (SGA)

The Student Government Association is the official representative organization of the student body at The University of Alabama. Fifty senators from every college at UA make up the SGA Senate. If you are interested in participating in the Student Government Association, you can visit the SGA website at https://sga.ua.edu/ or its office in room 2617 of the Ferguson Center. You can also call 348-2742.

Professional and Student Organizations for Graduate Students 2017-2018

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

The faculty of the School of Social Work encourages students to become members of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Benefits of NASW membership include a reduction of fees for workshops and other special events, and a subscription to the journal Social Work. Information and applications for membership may be obtained online at http://www.naswdc.org/.

Graduate Social Work Organization (GSWO)

GSWO is an organization within the School of Social Work. Our fundamental purpose is to become engaged in the community in a way that creates cohesion among the multiple graduate-level MSW cohorts. GSWO’s mission is to combat social injustice in the community through advocacy, research, and direct action. Our activities and events are student-generated and student-led.

Contact: Dr. Sebrena Jackson msjackson5@ua.edu

Doctoral Student Organization (DSO)

All students are encouraged to join actively in the PhD Program’s ongoing development through the Doctoral Student Organization (DSO). Through the DSO, students may be involved in and influence the academic, organizational, and social aspects of the PhD Program. This group enables doctoral students to participate in curriculum matters and policy decisions through a voting representative on the PhD Program committee. In addition to voting rights, DSO members, along with other doctoral students, have a role in interviewing and evaluating prospective faculty members, planning orientation of new PhD students, recruiting and recommending applicants to the PhD Program Director, and in hosting professional enrichment and social events throughout the year. Especially popular are colloquia featuring visiting scholars.

Contact: Dr. Brenda Smith bsmith2@sw.ua.edu

Social Work Association for Cultural Awareness (SWACA)

This organization provides a structure and forum through which social work students and students from other disciplines can exchange ideas, offer services, and develop programs in the interest of minority communities and the community at large.

Contact: Dr. Cassandra Simon csimon@sw.ua.edu or Dr. Jo Pryce jpryce@sw.ua.edu

Phi Alpha Honorary Society-Psi Chapter

To become an active member of this national social work honorary, undergraduate students must have declared social work as a major and completed nine semester hours in social work courses with an overall grade point average of 3.00 and a grade point average of 3.50 in social work courses.

Contact: Dr. Debra Nelson-Gardell dnelsong@sw.ua.edu