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For Undergraduate Students

Hello Social Work Students!

    The Student Social Work League (SSWL) is the University of Akron's very own undergraduate organization for not only social work students, but for all students who wish to make a difference in their social environment. The SSWL aims to promote volunteering, education, and social justice not only at the University, but in our surrounding communities! So get involved and get to know us! Let us know if you have a cause or a charity close to your heart and we will help you get involved in giving back!

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.

2016/2017 OFFICERS:

President: Jaizane Russell 
Vice President: Brittany Dixon
Secretary: Joi Twyman
Treasurer: Molly Hoover
Recruitment Chair: Kellie Lockemer
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Michele Thornton


For the rest of the semester, the meetings will be every other week on Tuesday and Wednesday (the meeting will be the same on both days). We are just trying to be flexible with everyone's schedules!



Tuesday, October 18th at 4pm in Polsky Room 484  
Wednesday, October 19th at 5pm in Polsky Room 486 

Again you are welcome to attend both meetings, but the same information will be given at both meetings. 



Make a Difference Day (10/22)

The deadline to sign up for this event with the SSWL has passed, but this is a huge day of volunteering, find some small way to give back on your own!



Jewelry Box Sale Benefiting ACCESS Women's Shelter (11/4 or 11/5)

Volunteer your time to help ACCESS Shelter put on their biggest fundraising event of the year! There are 3 hour shifts ranging 8 am to 8:30 pm on Friday, November 4th and shifts starting at 8 am to 6 pm on Saturday, November 5th!

Contact Kellie for more Information: 

sock drive


Next week, start collecting and donating socks to SSWL officers or directly to shelters in your home town! We will be collecting socks till the holidays to make up for the shortage of socks in the shelters during the cold winter months!


We plan to work with the Haven of Rest closer to Thanksgiving and around the Holidays. We are looking into volunteering for Polar Express!


More exciting opportunities will be given to you as we come across them, so stay in the loop! 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 


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 2016-17 Officers - Wayne College
President: TBA 
Vice-President: TBA  
Secretary: TBA 
Treasurer: TBA 
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Lisa Crites

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  2016-17 Officers

President: TBA
Vice-President: TBA
Treasurer/Secretary: TBA
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Linda McArdle

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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 2016-17 Officers
          President: TBA
          Secretary: TBA           
          Treasurer: TBA
          Faculty Advisor: Dr. Timothy McCarragher

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.