Clubs & Organizations, Master of Social Work
There are multiple opportunities for master of social work (MSW) students to explore their love of the field outside the classroom. Participation in these organizations can sometimes lead to scholarships or even grants to conduct research. The groups also provide an outlet for informal learning opportunities with like-minded individuals and can lead to long-lasting friendships.
MSW Student Organization
The MSW Student Organization (MSWSO) assists students in their academic, professional, and social life and provides students with a formal mechanism to channel information back and forth between students and the program.
Since its creation, the MSW Student Organization has initiated a wide range of student-organized activities, including brown bag luncheons with the faculty, after work socials, licensure workshops, and several fundraising activities for regional charities.
National Association of Black Social Workers
The National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) was formed in May 1968 in San Francisco, California. It was created by a coalition of African American social work groups and practitioners united to combat individual and institutional racism in the American social welfare system. The NABSW Student Chapter of the Center for Social Work Education at Widener was chartered in March 1998 with the help of the Philadelphia Chapter Alliance of Black Social workers and 17 graduate and undergraduate students. The organization follows the bylaws and dues structure of the national office in Washington, D.C and provides students of African descent a supportive environment and an opportunity for service, as well as professional and cultural development.
The mission of Adelante is to promote the academic, professional, and social interests of Latina/o students from all Widener University graduate programs. Adelante began in September 2011 and is open to all graduate students, many of whom are MSW students. Adelante provides a platform for graduate students to share relevant issues in their academic discipline, as well as to encourage, support, and inspire personal and professional success. The MSW program supports the organization by providing a faculty advisor and co-sponsoring events.
Student Association for Services to Older Adults (SASOA)
SASOA was created to unify students who have an interest in gerontology and to provide a forum for empowering students to understand aging and develop networks with their classmates, alumni, and associated professionals in the field of aging. Students are given the opportunity to engage with professionals in the field of aging, discussing everything from policy issues to possible employment opportunities.
LGBT Grad Style
LGBT Grad Style provides support and education on LGBT issues around campus and in the community. It is open to all graduate students, many of whom are social work students. The MSW program supports the organization by co-sponsoring and marketing events and assigning a graduate assistant liaison.