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Student Organizations

Joining a GCSW Student Organization is a wonderful way to get involved with other students, faculty and community members who share your interests and professional goals. The Graduate College of Social Work has a number of opportunities to get involved with campus-wide and college groups. Joining a student organization also provides you with leadership and professional development opportunities, to engage in social activities, and to build lifelong friendships. Some organizations require a small fee for membership. Below is a full list of organizations.
 
Membership in honor societies is either through invitation or an application process, and is based on academic merit.  Student membership in social work professional organizations may also be available. Usually dues are required.
 
Active GCSW Student Organizations include: 

GCSW Student Association

Mission of organization: The purpose of this organization is to promote unity among all students of the Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW). Our goals are to 1) promote cohesiveness and communication among students; 2) to promote student scholarship and leadership; 3) to enhance community awareness of our school and its students; 4) to advocate for students with faculty, staff, and administration.

How students can join or get involved in organization: Find us on Facebook “GCSW Student Association” to stay up to date on upcoming events, or to get involved, or click here.

Primary contact for organization: Ali Lozano (President), Lozano.alesandra@gmail.com

How can students not attending classes at UH during the week get involved (hybrid, UHSL, online, part-time): The GCSW SA hosts events on the Sugar Land campus as well as offers opportunities for online students to connect. Stay up to date on these events by following us on Facebook: “GCSW Student Association”.

Association of Asian American Social Workers (AAASW)

Mission of organization: Association of Asian American Social Workers is a community of students and social work professionals committed to raising awareness and advocating for the needs of Asian Americans. AAASW supports social work students and professionals interested in or currently working with Asian Americans. AAASW also serves to raise awareness of the social and economic issues facing Asian Americans.

Primary contact for organization: Sophie Wan, spohie.tktosu@gmail.com 

Association of Black Social Workers-GCSW Chapter

Mission of organization: ABSW's purpose is to advance the African American initiative at the University of Houston, specifically Social Work. 

Primary contact for organization: Gabrielle Morton (President), connect@gabriellemorton.com

Clinical Leadership Society (CLS)

Mission of organization: Clinical Leadership Society (CLS) has a mission to empower Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) graduate/doctoral students with a network to acquire clinical skills. Objectives include:

  1. Provide a voice and safety net for students in the form of a representative council.
  2. Systematize information/research regarding linking to other student organizations at the GCSW.
  3. Enhance career opportunities for students.
  4. Promote the Clinical Leadership Society members as professionals at the college and in the community.
  5. Organize social events focused on clinical experience, skill-building, and awareness.
  6. Create awareness and showcase competencies through networking and team-building events.
  7. Provide a forum for the presentation of innovative ideas that benefit the University community. 
Primary contact for organization: Holly Davies, holly_davies@sbcglobal.net

 
Child Welfare Education Project (CWEP) Student & Alumni Organization

Mission of organization: CWEP is for students and alumni who are part of the Title IV E funded Child Welfare Education Project, the program in which students are prepared for the challenging and rewarding work in Children’s Protective Services.
Primary contact for organization: Arnitia Walker (Advisor), amitche7@central.uh.edu

 
Hispanic Student Association (HSA)

Mission of organization: The Hispanic Student Association of the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work, represents a community of students committed to the principles of empowerment, solidarity, and social justice for Hispanics. We embrace a mandate to promote advocacy, service, cultural awareness, and scholarship through collaboration and networking in the school and the community.

Primary contact for organization: Dr. Luis Torres – lrtorres@uh.edu or Dr. Micki Washburn – mewashbu@central.uh.edu (faculty advisors)

MACRO Network

Mission of organization: The mission of our organization is to advocate for and on the behalf of macro focused social work students, to introduce social work students to macro level engagement, and to organize events that educate students on what a career in macro social work could look like.

How students can join or get involved in organization: Find us on Facebook at “M.A.C.R.O. Network” and like our page to get kept up-to-date on events and meetings.

Primary contact for organization: Emily Joslin (Director), erjoslin@uh.edu 

How can students not attending classes at UH during the week get involved (hybrid, UHSL, online, part-time): MACRO Network is planning on offering a variety of events and ways to get involved with our group. The best way to know about these events is to follow our Facebook page, “M.A.C.R.O. Network”.

Policy Insider Advisory Committee

Mission of organization: To bring awareness to the public policies that impact the communities and populations that we engage with both directly and indirectly. Through the “Policy Insider Series,” we hope to help GCSW students, faculty, staff, and the broader Houston social work community understand and navigate complex social welfare policy issues and engage in legislative and electoral advocacy around these issues.

How students can join or get involved in organization: Email policyinsidersgcsw@gmail.com or connect with us via Facebook (search UH GCSW Policy Insider Advisory Committee)

Primary contact for organization: Lorena Alvarez at lalvarez7@uh.edu or Arue Jacobo aruejacobo@gmail.com 

How can students not attending classes at UH during the week get involved (hybrid, UHSL, online, part-time): They can contact our UHSL Liaison, Vanessa Romero, at romero.va91@gmail.com for updates and opportunities.

Students for the Advancement of International Social Work

Mission of organization: The purpose of this organization is to promote the field of international social work at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work by highlighting human rights and social justice issues, engaging students in the active pursuit of global justice, and increasing international social work awareness at the University of Houston. Our goals are to: promote advocacy, service, cultural awareness, and scholarship through collaboration and networking in the school and global community. 

How students can join or get involved in organization: email us at – info.saisw@gmail.com 

Primary contact for organization: Christiana Thompson (President) – cthompson@uh.edu

How can students not attending classes at UH during the week get involved (hybrid, UHSL, online, part-time): The SAISW is plans on hosting many different programs throughout the year, including community service programs, panel discussions, documentary screenings, and travel opportunities. We will offer many ways for everyone to get involved and stay connected. We will always keep you updated on the dates and times and service opportunities well in advance.

Support and Self-Care Group

Mission of organizationSSG exists to enhance the overall well-being of students in the Graduate College of Social Work. The aim of SSG is to help social work students connect with others in order to better their skillsets academically, professionally, and emotionally.

Primary contact for organization: Holly Davies, holly_davies@sbcglobal.net