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For Undergraduate Students

Hello Social Work Students!

The Student Social Work League (SSWL) is a student organization open to all students that aims to provide connections to the field of social work through volunteerism, networking, speakers, socials, and more so that when our students graduate, they have a deeper understanding of the social systems around their community.

Joining the SSWL can help you in many ways:

  • making friends
  • finding study groups
  • getting involved in the community 
  • Resume booster
  • volunteer in organizations
  • and so much more!

So come to a meeting and check us out, or ask one of our lovely Officers about the League!
Click here to download a membership form.

2017/2018 OFFICERS:

President: Kellie Lockemer
Vice President: Khiejana Sims
Secretary: Elizabeth Smith
Treasurer: Cody Keller
Recruitment Chair: Lauren Hegenderfer
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Michele Thornton


To be considered a member of the SSWL, you must pay dues! Dues are $5 per semester or $7 in the Fall to pay for the whole year! The money collected from dues helps us put on all our events and fun activities for you all! We will be collecting dues at the first meeting or you can give it to any officer. BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR STUDENT ID NUMBER. 


Graduating seniors can earn cords to wear at their graduation ceremony by 
two SSWL meetings 
-participating in 
two SSWL events in their last year 

All seniors who think they are eligible to earn cords must contact to have their request reviewed and to receive their cords. 

Adopt a Classroom with AkronHope! 

This holiday season we are adopting 23 4th grade students at Portage Path School! Gifts should be between $10-$15 or you can just donate money and we will do the shopping for you! Please pay attention to the suggested Toys sheet (Click here). This is what the children themselves said they wanted! If you want to adopt a child to give a gift for, please send your email to Gifts are due back during our November 21st Meeting! 
After we have collected all the gifts we will be participating in a gift wrapping night in the Student Union on December 6th! Time TBA, please send your email to if you are interested! 

Polar Express Sign Ups

On December 16th from 7-9 PM SSWL will be participating in the polar express! During this event we will get to dress up and welcome all of the children as they enter into The North Pole! If you are interested in joining us for this event, please contact us at  

No Cold Toes in November 

During the Month of November, we will also have a donation Box in the Social Work Office for our annual sock drive! All donations collected will go to local homeless shelters to help them provide socks in these coming cold winter months! 
no cold toes

The Social Work Students Backpack

We are collecting donations of gently used clothing, household items, toiletries, and school supplies to support our students who do not have their needs met. Donations are collected all semester to Michele Thornton in Polsky room 411D. There will be an announcement made on when the Backpack will be open to taking items from it. In the meantime, if you have any questions, contact our Vice President, Khiejana Sims, at 
Backpack Event
Come to the meetings, read the emails, add us on Facebook, and just say hi to your Officers in class. We are passionate about the SSWL and would love to tell you more about it.

We hope that we continue to see you all at meetings and different events. Please let us know if you have any questions with direct emails to 

Twitter: @UofASSWL
Instagram: @uakron_studentsocialworkleague 
Snapchat: u.akronsswl


The mission of this organization shall provide academic support and guidance for students majoring in the field of social work and work to establish and offer positive change and acceptance in the community. We will advocate for the quality of life for all.

SWIFT 2017-18 Officers - Wayne College
President: TBA 
Vice-President: TBA  
Secretary: TBA 
Treasurer: TBA 
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Lisa Crites

UAL IMPACT 2017-18 Officers – Lakewood Campus
President: Brittany Duvin

Vice-President: Heather Fraelich

Secretary: Shanikka Moore

Treasurer: Rosa Young

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Melissa K. McCollister

Alpha Alpha Alpha Honor Society was established in 1978 by John H. Ramey as an honorary fellowship of Social Work students at the University of Akron. 

The Society was founded to honor those students who have demonstrated, by virtue of their academic performance and strength of character, that they exhibit excellence as representatives of the social work profession and as members of the university community.
Phi Alpha and Alpha, Alpha, Alpha  2017-18 Officers
President: TBA
Vice-President: TBA
Treasurer/Secretary: TBA
Faculty Advisor: TBA

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For Graduate Students

This is an organization led by master-level students and supported by an assigned faculty advisor.
Click here to download a membership form. 

The purpose of the Master of Social Work Student Association (MSWSA) is to promote and foster relationships between students and faculty involved in the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program at The University of Akron by:

  • Advocating for the rights and needs of the students enrolled in the MSW program;
  • Improving and participating in activities that will further the purpose and goals of the social work profession;
  • Hosting presentations by speakers from the professional community that keeps students abreast of the political, social, economic, and environmental trends locally and nationally;
  • Encouraging lifelong learning in professional practice; 
  • Conducting an annual MSWSA activity 
  • Coordinate & promote programs which support the mission of UA

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          MSWSA 2017-18 Officers
          President: TBA
          Secretary: TBA           
          Treasurer: TBA
          Faculty Advisor: Dr. Timothy McCarragher

UAL IMPACT 2017-18 Officers – Lakewood Campus
President: Brittany Duvin

Vice-President: Heather Fraelich

Secretary: Shanikka Moore

Treasurer: Rosa Young

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Melissa K. McCollister

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) was founded in 2008 to support over 4,000 graduate students, and is open to all registered graduate students at The University of Akron. 

The purpose of Graduate Student Government is to govern the affairs of graduate students in a manner specified by its constitution and bylaws; to determine the sentiment of all levels graduate students and the representation of sentiment at all levels of the University administration; and to encourage social contacts between graduate students of all disciplines

The purpose of Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.

The concept of a national social work honor society came from a group of undergraduate social work students at Michigan State University in 1960. Investigation revealed that local chapters formed a National Honor Society Committee in November 1960. For more than a year, this committee worked on the constitution and other administrative matters.

The name Phi Alpha and the key were adopted from the local chapter which existed at Florida State University. The Constitution and formal organization were completed in 1962, and six chapters quailed to become “charter chapters”. They were Florida State College, University of Dayton, and the University of Tennessee. Over 110 Chapters are now in existence, and the addition of new chapters is continuing. The University of Akron Chapter was newly formed in 2008