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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:

- make friends
- find study groups
- get 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


The meetings will be every other week on Tuesday and Wednesday in Polsky Room 484 (the meeting will be the same on both days). We are just trying to be flexible with everyone's schedules.

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

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 are doing a fundraiser at the Chipotle at 272 East Exchange St. on Tuesday, April 4th, between 5 pm-9 pm. Bring in a flyer (click here), show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Student Social Work League.

Also, Walk of Heroes (fka Walk a Mile in Her Shoes) will be on Friday, April 28th at 5 pm.

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

The S.W.I.F.T. held two separate fundraisers in the fall semester to support their efforts in completing community projects and earned just over $700. A portion of the proceeds went to support the SSWL organizations efforts to assist a struggling family and towards the Sock Drive.

Current plans are for the students to complete two upcoming events in March. On March 10th, S.W.I.F.T. members will hold a community STAND UP activity in front of Orrville’s City Hall and Heartland Pointe Café to demonstrate the many different groups of individuals for whom social workers advocate or stand up. This event will be held in recognition of National Social Work Month. Area social service agencies, staff, and consumers will be invited to attend the event as well. On March 25th, S.W.I.F.T. will hold its second annual Backpack Dash, a 5k run/walk to benefit Orrville city schools. Proceeds will be used to purchase school supplies for area students in need.

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.