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 the following:
GCSW Student Association is the main student organization for the GCSW with the goal of promoting unity among all students of the college. The Association provides an opportunity for students to address their interests and concerns at the college. The Association also participates in and organizes a number of college activities throughout the year including social events, orientation, graduation, and community outreach and service projects.
Association of Asian American Social Workers (AAASW)
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.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Patrick Leung - firstname.lastname@example.org
Association of Black Social Workers-GCSW Chapter
ABSW's purpose is to advance the African American initiative at the University of Houston, specifically Social Work.
Clinical Leadership Society (CLS)
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:
- Provide a voice and safety net for students in the form of a representative council.
- Systematize information/research regarding linking to other student organizations at the GCSW.
- Enhance career opportunities for students.
- Promote the Clinical Leadership Society members as professionals at the college and in the community.
- Organize social events focused on clinical experience, skill-building, and awareness.
- Create awareness and showcase competencies through networking and team-building events.
- Provide a forum for the presentation of innovative ideas that benefit the University community.
Child Welfare Education Project (CWEP) Student & Alumni Organization 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.
Hispanic Student Association (HSA)
We, the members of the Hispanic Student Association of the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work, represent 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.
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Luis Torres – email@example.com & Dr. Micki Washburn- firstname.lastname@example.org
MACRO Student Organization - is a student organization dedicated to furthering macro social work at the GCSW. It brings programming such as “A Day in the Life of a Macro Social Worker” to the GCSW, as well as other activities that connect and support macro social work students.Student Leader: Emily Joslin – email@example.com.
Student Leader: Ali Lozano – firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Pritzker - email@example.com
Policy Insiders - The GCSW, One Voice Texas, and the GCSW Alumni Association form a small student Advisory Committee to help coordinate and contribute topics for the GCSW’s exciting “Policy Insider Series”. The series brings expert local advocates and lobbyists to our College to discuss key policy issues, advocacy, and politics impacting social work practice in Texas and across the United States. Through this 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.
Students for the Advancement of International Social Work (SAISW)
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Patrick Leung - firstname.lastname@example.org
Support and Self-Care Group (SSG) exists to enhance the overall well-being of the social work 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 skill set academically, professionally, and emotionally.