Student Organizations

  • Master's of Social Work Student Association (MSWSA) 
    An organization of master level social work students in the School of Social Work. This is an organization led by master level students and supported by an assigned faculty advisor. 

    The purpose of the Master of Social Work Student Association (MSWSA) is to promote and foster relationships between students and faculty involved in the Joint Master of Social Work Program at Cleveland State University and The University of Akron by:
    • Advocating for the rights and needs of the students enrolled in the Joint 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; and
    • Conducting an annual MSWSA activity with Cleveland State University and The University of Akron
    • Coordinate & promote programs which support the mission of both CSU & UA
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          MSWSA 2014-15 Officers
          President: Iriel Patterson,
          Vice President: Ronak

          Secretary: Margaret                
          Treasurer:  Jessica Rob,

  • Undergraduate Student Social Work League (SSWL) 

    The mission of the Student Social Work League is to provide an organization through which undergraduate students can and should become aware and involved in social issues; to support existing social service programs in the community, and to provide students with legislative information regarding social issues of common concern.

    The mission of SSWL is also to provide networking opportunities in the professional social work community. Interested in League activities, photos, and overall updates - travel to OrgSync  [go to organizations --> search Student Social Work League --> request to join!] and  our Facebook page: and leave us a post.

    SSWL 2014-15 Officers
    President: Steve Harrington,
    Vice President: Rebecca Marsich,
    Secretary: Laura McKee,
    Treasurer: Carl Slaton,

    Upcoming Events
  • NASW OH Outreach
    Thursday, February 5, 2015 Dorothy Martindale representing NASW Ohio Chapter will have a table on the 3rd floor of the Polsky Building to discuss our professional association, National Association of Social Workers. We hope you will become a member. Each new member will receive a free, insulated lunch bag or coffee mug. Your choice.
  • SSWL Membership Meetings
    Thursdays, February 12th & 26th  @ 6:30 p.m.
    Same agenda for each meeting- different times to respect wide range of student schedules
    Both meetings will be held in the Student Social Work Lounge, 4th Floor, Rm 412, Polsky Building
    Interested in Social Work volunteer events or becoming an Officer next year- WE NEED YOU to attend one of these meetings.  Interested but cannot attend either meeting, please contact Rebecca Marsich @

  •  Student Organization Resource Center (SOuRCe)
    A place for students looking to get involved in a student organization or want to explore the more than 290+ organizations on campus.  With the help of OrgSync, UA's newest online tool for organizations, students can search for organizations 24/7. 

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  • Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society -Graduate Level
    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.
    Deadline for application:  Friday, March 13, 2015
    Induction Dinner & Ceremony - Friday, April 24, 2015
    Doors open -5:00 p.m.,  Dinner - 5:30 p.m., Event concludes - 7:00 p.m.
    Complimentary dinner for all inductees

  • Alpha Alpha Alpha & Phi Alpha National Honor Societies - Undergraduate Level
    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.
    Deadline for application:  Friday, March 13, 2015
    Induction Dinner & Ceremony - Friday, April 24, 2015
    Doors open- 5:00 p.m., Dinner - 5:30 p.m. Event concludes 7:00 p.m.

    Complimentary dinner for all inductees

    Phi Alpha and Alpha, Alpha, Alpha  2012-13 Officers

    President: Cindy Zweifel:
    Elisabeth Albrecht:
    Rachel Younkins: