School of Social Work

Student Organizations

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
      visit us on facebook-  https://www.facebook.com/uamswsa/

          MSWSA 2013-14 Officers
          President: Karla Kiehl
          Vice President: Sandra Morales, 
          Secretary: Patrice Wood, prs20@uakron.edu                
          Treasurer:  Sean Delmore, spd20@zips.uakron.edu

We Take Care of Our Own
S.W.A.P. Pantry (Social Workers Appreciating Peers) - students' vision, student run, and student driven pantry  with free products to support social work students with the small stuff so they can focus on the big stuff.  The S.W.A.P. pantry is open each month to serve students with many needed items including:  personal hygiene items, household items, paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo/conditioner, soap, and much more.  

When:         Friday, April 25, 2014
Time:          5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where:        Lock 3- behind the Polsky Building- walking distance
Why:           Raise awareness about sexual assault and help raise funds for 
                  The Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties
Purpose:     Sexual Assault is a human assault! Social Workers are committed to alleviating human
                 assaults and advocating on behalf of the hurt.  We need all men, women, and children to
                 walk on behalf of those who are not yet able or willing to publicly walk.
Interested: Sign up for this event, with or without a donation in the Social Work Office (411), or on
                 the MSWSA Board (outside of 411) or contact electronically @ uamswsa@gmail.com

Event History
On April 26, 2013, a team of students representing the School of Social Work from the University of Akron participated in the 8th Annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event supporting the Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina Counties.  The purpose of this fun yet serious walk is to raise awareness about sexual violence and to help put an end to sexual assault by encouraging men to walk a mile wearing women’s shoes. 

Last year was the first time that students in the Joint MSW Program participated in this community event.  This group of social work students known as “Heel Yeah” was publicly recognized for raising more money than any other new team.  As a result, “Heel Yeah” was presented the “Rookie of the Year Award” by the Rape Crisis Center.  In fact, out of 176 fundraiser teams, this small but determined group of social work students placed fifth overall by collecting over $2,630.  

Advocacy is an essential element within the Code of Ethics for social workers.  Thus, the “Heel Yeah” team’s mission is to advocate against sexual violence by inspiring and encouraging other students and the community to continue supporting the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, the Rape Crisis Center, and most importantly rape survivors.

This year we want to continue building our legacy of advocacy so please join our team and let’s make it happen!!! For more information send us an email to uamswsa@gmail.com
Purchase a tee-shirt by Monday, March 31, 2014 http://teespring.com/walkamileinhershoes

  • 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 uakron.edu/orgsync  [go to organizations --> search Student Social Work League --> request to join!] and  our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/uofakronsswl and leave us a post.

    SSWL 2013-14 Officers
    SSWL email:  sswlpresident@yahoo.com

    President: Rachael Missman, rlm85@zips.uakron.edu
    Vice President: Stephen Harrington, sah113@zips.uakron.edu
    Secretary: Katey Krusel, klk58@zips.uakron.edu
    Treasurer: Stacey Ortman, smo33@zips.uakron.edu

    Upcoming Monthly meetings:  Student Social Work Lounge-4th Floor Polsky Bldg
       Thursdays, February 27, 2014  2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
       Thursdays, March 20, 2014      2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
       Thursdays, May 1, 2014          2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

    NEW this year - Join the SSWL Relay for Life team!
    This year the Student Social Work League is participating in Relay for Life! Please support the fight against cancer by joining our team at http://main.acsevents.org/goto/rachael. If every member of SSWL join by March 1st and raises $10, Katey, Stacey, Steve, and Rachael, the SSWL Officers will treat you all to a pizza party! Additional prizes will be given to those who get a 'friend' to join that is not a part of the SSWL.  We look forward to working with you in the fight against cancer!!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    President: Cindy Zweifel: clz8@zips.uakron.edu
    Elisabeth Albrecht:  eaa41@zips.uakron.edu
    Rachel Younkins: rmy3@zips.uakron.edu


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