BASW Organization of Student Social Workers (OSSW)
We are a group of 14 undergraduate students. We have different committees, ranging from curriculum, practicum, social events, community service and fundraising activities. We provide BASW student representation to the Student Advisory Council in the School. Our goal is to get the undergrad students connected as a cohort as well as involved in the SSW and local communities.
Contact: OSSW (BASW)
Adviser: Linda Ruffer / 206-685-8345
The School of Social Work Student Advisory Council consists of elected student leaders who strive to create and build an ongoing relationship with the School administration and faculty to uphold our mission and our values of promoting social and economic justice, both within the School and the broader community. The SAC achieves this by facilitating communication between the student body and the School faculty and administration through advocacy, active engagement and support.
Representatives are elected from the bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs. The SAC staff and faculty advisers are:
Student Affinity Groups
The following is a list of current and past student affiinity groups. All students are welcome to start new groups based on their interests. Contact Student Services for more information on how to do this. There are also many student-run clubs at the University of Washington operated through the Student Activities Office.
The Anti-Racism & White Allyship Group (ARWAG)
We are a democratic collective at the School of Social Work that serves as a supportive space and resource for all students, faculty, and staff (regardless of racial identity) seeking to analyze racism and white privilege in an effort to make classroom space more productive for all. Our primary goal is to understand how white folks can and should be working to address racism today. This meeting will be our first effort to define the direction of the group for the year and decide on organizing strategies moving forward.
Student contact: Anna Siembor
The Association of Black Social Work Students (ABSWS)
ABSWS is committed to enhancing the quality of life and empowering people of African ancestry through advocacy, human services, and research. Our purpose is to provide a structure and forum through which student members can exchange ideas, offer support, and develop programs in the interest of the Black student body and the Black community.
Faculty Contact: Zynovia Hetherington
Gerontology Social Work Group
The Gerontology Social Work Group (the "Gero-Group") is led by undergraduate and graduate social work students committed to research and/or practice with older adults. In collaboration with faculty and staff from the School of Social Work, as well as students and faculty from other disciplines across campus, the group advocates for a vibrant gerontology social work curriculum and sponsors special events such as panels and workshops to offer educational opportunities to students, faculty, and community members. The group promotes socially just social work practice with older adults, and it meets regularly to coordinate these efforts and provide networking opportunities.
If you are interesting in being added to the Gero-Group Listserv, you can do so through this link: https://mailman1.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/gero-group
Student Contact: Sarah Jen
Faculty Contact: Nancy Hooyman
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Only national organization serving needs of social work profession. Offers a wide range of professional services, benefits, and opportunities. Reduced rates for students, by degree level.
State chapter: 522 N 85th St. Suite B100, Seattle, WA 98103
Chapter Website: www.naswdc.org/
Phone Number: 206-706-7084
Poverty Law and Social Services
This student organization will form a partnership between M.S.W., M.P.H., M.P.A., and J.D. candidates, permitting participation by undergraduates and all other interested students, focusing on social service disparities, unmet legal needs, and Access to Justice (ATJ) barriers for low-income residents of Washington. Our proposed RSO will have a cutting-edge multidisciplinary research focus that actively engages in solving problems for the nonprofit, public legal assistance, and civil legal aid sectors in Seattle. This will be an excellent opportunity to contribute to research and potentially publication, while being part of a student group with funding for conferences and snacks at meetings.
Student Contact: Benjamin Beach
Social Work Liason: Darren Hunt
Faculty Contact: William Vesneski
Constitution for Poverty Law & Social Services
Sizeism and Weightism Advocacy Group (SWAG)
As a group we strive to create intentional allyship for men and women of size, and men and women struggling with issues of weight, food, and body image. We are a group of allies and students who deal directly with these issues. We seek to educate the social work community about the oppressions of sizeism and weightism, reduce discrimination, and promote size and body acceptance within our greater community.
Contact: Erin Harrop
Social Justice Art Collective
Looking to explore creative means of expressing topics in social justice that you care about? The Social Justice Art Collective provides a space to consider systemic oppression and liberation within our unjust society. Students and community members are welcome to drop in and express themselves through collage, drawing, painting, creative writing, or another artistic modality. Participants may contribute to a collaborative zine to be printed and showcased at an open mic at the end of the quarter. Whether you feel like working on your own project or collaborating with others, whether you're artistically inclined or never picked up a paintbrush, come drop by and make some art! The collective meets in Parnassus Cafe & Gallery (located in the UW Art Building) on Mondays from 5-7pm.
Student contact: Emily Paine
Social Work Q's: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Two Spirit, & Intersex Students, Faculty and Staff, and their Allies
Social and support group for students at the SSW: Go to the Social Q's Website
Faculty Contacts: Taryn Lindhorst, Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen
If you are interested in being added to the Social Work Q’s list serv, you can do so through this link: https://mailman2.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/sswglbt.
SSW Anti-Racist Mixed Race Group
This group is open to anyone at the School of Social Work who identifies as mixed race and is interested in exploring their racial identity in the context of anti-racism and anti-oppression. This includes but is not limited to anyone who is multiracial, multiethnic, transracially adopted, or who identifies outside the race binary. This group may participate in member-facilitated activities and discussions, social events, resource sharing, art making, and snack eating.
Student contacts: Renee Roberts and Jasmine Fleenor
Student, Staff, and Faculty of Color Affinity Group
We are a group of self-identified students of color and bi-racial/multi-racial and ethnic students at the School of Social Work and function as a registered student organization through the UW. Our mission is to build community, engage in critical dialogues, and create a space for support and honoring.
United Colors is committed to creating nurturing space. United Colors seeks to create a space for peace, love, support, respect and honoring for every participating member. Honoring our individual cultures and intersecting identities. While United Colors mission is to develop support and community for students, staff, and faculty of color broadly and collectively, we acknowledge the diversity within our group. We recognize that while we may share some commonalities as people of color, we honor, respect, and encourage our uniqueness as well other identities, visible or invisible, that we may hold. Uphold the values of social justice. United Colors is committed to dialoguing and promoting social justice values as defined by the group through our work, events, relationships, actions. United Colors strives to transform awareness into action and affirm our collective wisdom.
Contact: Jenn Maglalang and Bilen Million
Social Work Asian & Pacific Islanders (SWAPI) is a student led group offering support, mentorship and community building to Asian Pacific Islander identified Social Work BASW, MSW and PhD students. SWAPI has participation and support from API Faculty and Staff in the UW School of Social Work.
VIVA! is a multi-faceted initiative to actively enhance the voice, visibility, and skills of Latina/o students in the School of Social Work and, in partnership with community agencies, respond to the diverse strengths and needs of Latino communities in WA State. VIVA! aims to advance and deepen the school’s social justice mission, providing leadership in the development of innovative practices in core areas such as curriculum, staffing, research, community partnership, and advancement.
Student Contacts: Diana Paredes and Esther Lobato
Faculty Contact: Gino Aisenberg
Past School of Social Work Student Groups
The following are examples of some student-run organizations, which have been active in the past. Groups listed below are not active each year. However, they are revived if students wish to provide organization and leadership. Contact Nancy Tran if you are interested in restarting a group below.
Christian Social Workers
The Christian Social Workers Club is a diverse group of students interested in discussing how the work of Jesus and the study and practice of Social Work intersect. We seek to encourage one another in our faith and welcome all individuals interested in exploring the role of faith in social justice work. We meet bi-monthly and have times of encouragement, discussion, meals and guest lectures which work to build Christian community in the School of Social Work and in our daily lives.
How to Embrace Recovery in the School of Social Work
We are a diverse collective of students, faculty, staff, community and family members with multiple intersecting identities that serves as a safe supportive space for all people recovering by any pathway from addiction in any form and their allies.
There are dual purposes of this group. One is to create a space of ongoing discussion and analysis of the experience of privilege and oppression around the issue of recovery. The other purpose is to create an environment that is sensitive to and accepting of issues of recovery from addiction and to facilitate social change in our curriculum, school activities, student body and social work practice.
This student group convened to address the concerns, contributions, and perspectives of people of faith at the School of Social Work. The SSW Interfaith Alliance’s mission is to promote a supportive environment for people of faith at the School of Social Work through conversation, organizing and advocacy on behalf of the voices, concerns and contributions of people of faith at the school and in the profession. This group welcomed people of any faith tradition or with any interest in examining the intersection of faith and social work.
International Social Work Club
The focus of the International Social Work Club is to combine the efforts of University of Washington MSW and BSW students, faculty, and community members to explore poverty, inequality, and injustice on a global scale. One goal of this club is to develop a comprehensive list of resources for employment contacts, practicum, and short-term international service projects. This group is also working on including courses focusing on international social welfare policy and plausible means to end poverty in the current MSW curriculum.
Jewish Social Workers
The Jewish Social Workers Club is a diverse group of individuals consisting of students, faculty, and staff who are interested in creating a space for Jews and friends in the school of Social Work. We welcome all individuals interested in exploring Jewish identity and social work (including religious Jews, secular Jews, questioning Jews, and friends). We meet quarterly and hold both secular and religious events which work to build Jewish community both inside the School of Social Work and in the larger University of Washington Community.
SSW Mindfulness Meditation Group
We are a group of students and instructors interested in cultivating mindfulness practice in our personal lives and community. We meet regularly to practice mindfulness, stress reduction, meditation, and gentle movement. We will use our time to practice together and share ideas about incorporating mindfulness into our self-care practices and the care of the individuals we work with and those we serve. Mindfulness Meditation Group is open to people of all levels of experience and interest.
Student Contacts: Jennifer Given-Helms and Molly Klekamp
Faculty Adviser: Bonnie Shultz
Multicultural Social Work Club
The Multicultural Social Work Club (MCSWC) is a student group led by and for students at the UW School of Social Work. The club focuses on providing BASW and MSW students’ opportunities to explore international practicum placements outside of the United States. The goal is to raise money for scholarships to be given to qualified students who are interested in doing an international practicum. The second focus of the club is to provide educational opportunities for students to learn about careers and social issues having to do with international social work.
Muslim Students of Social Work (MSSW)
The MSSW is dedicated to educating students, faculty, staff and neighboring communities about the Islamic faith; addressing global issues of human rights and social injustice; and to proving that Islam advocates for the eradication of injustice all over the world.
Radical Social Work Forum
The Radical Social Work Forum provides a place for the exchange of ideas and formulation of action toward social change. We are dedicated to the pursuit of a just and equitable society as defined by its members and by other groups involved in mutual struggles. We are not satisfied, as is common in mainstream social work, to simply address the symptoms of problems but rather attempt to seize problems at their roots. We strive to be a dynamic and organic group whose goals are subject to revision as the interests, environment, and philosophies of its members change. We try to cultivate our collective wisdom to identify the problems and develop courage to act toward their resolution.
Social Work Immigration Alliance at UW
We are a collaboration of allied students, faculty, and community members engaged in fostering constructive, impactful dialogues about immigrant rights and immigration reform. In keeping with the mission of the School of Social Work, we seek to promote dialogues and partnerships that emphasize social justice, equity and human rights for all. Our activities for 2012-2013 include lobby days, organizing events to promote awareness and dialogue about immigration issues, fundraising to raise scholarship money for HB 1079 students, and working in partnership with other organizations on campus and in the Seattle area working on immigration issues.
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Social Workers Against Institutional Racism
Social Workers Against Institutional Racism (SWAIR) was initially born out of the experiences of students and faculty in the UW School of Social Work who had gone through The People's Institute Undoing Institutionalized Racism (UIR) training and saw a need to address issues of institutional racism within the school and university environment. Still a work in progress, SWAIR is a multi-racial group committed to engaging students of the SSW in dialogue on racism and involvement in school and community efforts to end racism.
Social Workers Involved in Native American Communities (SWINAC)
SWINAC's mission is to educate both native and non-native students about the services and programs available in the Seattle area for the Native American and Alaskan Natives (NA/AN) population. Membership is open to currently enrolled BASW and MSW students. Membership is not limited to Native American students, but an interest in working with the Native American population or learning more about the Native American community is a must.
School of Social Work UNDO (United in Negating Disability Oppression)
We are a group of SSW students, faculty and staff who will be focusing on disability rights and access to services, on-campus and in the local community. Through this group we will provide a place for students to come together and advocate for equal rights for people with disabilities. We are interested in looking into ADA, IDEA, and The Rehabilitation Act to get a clear picture of what ADA Civil Rights are, how they are used, who benefits, who does not, and what can be done to promote Disability Civil Rights. This Group is for people interested in working with people within the Disability Community, those who have a disability, and allies who would like to advocate for disability rights.
School of Social Work Women's Group
We are a group of self-identified women and/or female individuals in the graduate School of Social Work, motivated by a desire to interrogate traditional models of feminism in order to understand our role in the movement to end gender discrimination and oppression. Our hope is to foster a community discussion for women, by women, about exactly what it means to be a woman here and now.
Students Engaging in Reproductive Justice (SERJ)
Students Engaging in Reproductive Justice is a social justice group tackling issues of access, transparency, and education surrounding reproductive issues. These issues include, but not limited to; contraception, abortion, tubal ligation, vasectomy, and prenatal care. We believe that reproductive justice is a social justice issue requiring institutional change. Our group is highly driven by the individual interests of each member and is currently examining which area of this systematic issue to focus our attention on for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Student contact: Susie Ryan-Coy
University District Street Medicine (UDSM)
SSW-UDSM is the Social Work Student group (MSW and BASW) working as part of an interdisciplinary campus-wide effort encompassing all health sciences schools (social work, nursing, medicine, physical therapy, MEDEX, public health, dentistry and pharmacy).
Social work students are involved in the planning process and implementation for a free student-run, interdisciplinary social services and medical clinic for homeless and low-income individuals in the University District, with expected opening date of April 2015.
The goals of University District Street Medicine are: 1) addressing health disparities in the homeless population of university district by identifying and working to fill gaps in current healthcare and related services; 2) providing service learning opportunities for students in the Health Sciences Schools; 3) promoting interdisciplinary care and inter-professional education opportunities for students in the Health Sciences Schools; 4) incorporating community involvement and feedback in our endeavors; and 5) designing and implementing a program that could serve as a replicable model for future expansion or duplication.
Student Contact: Krystal Koop
Faculty Contact: Alice Ryan
White Allies Against Racism
White Allies Against Racism is a resource group concerned with improving white social workers' ability to understand their roles as allies of people of color; cope with their own losses related to racism and white privilege; come to terms with their own deeply ingrained racist scripts; identify subtler aspects of racism, white privilege, and internalized domination, particularly as they affect the way white folks work as allies and in leadership positions; identify ways in which racism conspires with other oppressions; rediscover sources of life and esteem in their heritage; draw support from each other and overcome mistrust; and draw support from colleagues of color in an appropriate, non-burdening fashion.