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.
Primary contact for the organization: Stephani Leota, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Anti-AAPI Hate Crimes Statement from AAASW
Anti-Black Racism Statement from AAASW
Primary contacts for organization: Joe Zhao, email@example.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: André Marcel Harris, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
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), firstname.lastname@example.org
GCSW INTERNATIONAL STUDENT GROUP
Mission of organization: ISG's vision is to achieve a better graduate life for international students at GCSW, University of Houston. The mission of the ISG is to share resources, policies, and experiences to help international students at GCSW navigate their graduate life.
How students can join or get involved in organization: Find us on Facebook or search "International Student Group at GCSW GroupMe.
LATINX STUDENT ASSOCIATION (LSA)
Mission of organization: The Latinx 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 the Latinx population. We embrace a mandate to promote advocacy, service, cultural awareness, and scholarship through collaboration and networking in the school and the community.
How students can join or get involved in organization: Facebook and Twitter.
Primary contact for organization: Micki Rodriguez at email@example.com or Areli Tamayo at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also email email@example.com.
GCSW LEGACY PROJECT
Mission of organization: We empower social workers through sharing stories, art, and poetry. Our mission is to celebrate the diversity and lives of a small number of individuals who make up the largest force of helping professionals across the nation.
How students can join or get involved in organization: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
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. Like our page to get kept up-to-date on events and meetings.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, Selena Garcia, email@example.com or connect with us via Facebook.
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 Dr. Patrick Leung at firstname.lastname@example.org
Primary contact for organization: Patrick Leung, PhD (faculty advisor), email@example.com