College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Student Social Work Association

Student Social Work Association (SSWA)

What is the SSWA?

  • The SSWA is a growing student organization from the Social Work Department full of students who want to learn more about the profession.
  • The SSWA brings in speakers and organizes events that help students to become informed and active in the community and with those practicing Social Work.

Why should you join the SSWA?

  • To learn more about social work
  • To meet others with the same interests as you
  • To get involved helping others both on campus and in the community

What is the time commitment?

  • The association holds bi-weekly meetings on an array of topics such as career exploration in social work, assistance with choosing classes and de-stress days before finals. We will also be involved in volunteer opportunities throughout the academic year. With no penalty for missing a meeting, you can choose which speakers or events you want to go to!

Officers:

Tosha Prier, SSWA Treasurer

Any other majors or minors?  Minor in Mental Health
What made you become interested in Social Work?  I am interested in Social Work because helping people get through their problems had been my passion since I could remember, going through hard times alone is hard and I want to help.
How do you want to use your Social Work Degree after graduation?  I’m not really sure what I want to do after graduation. I am leaning towards a school social worker or a family counselor.

 

Steph Dunkel, SSWA Co-President

What year are you?  I am a senior
What made you become interested in Social Work?  A book I read in 7th grade called One Child by Tory Haden where she helped a girl break out of selective mutism made me realize I wanted to help other people in some way.
Are you involved in any other Student organizations?  I am involved in To Write Love On Her Arms and Deaf Cultural Experience.
How do you want to use your Social Work Degree after graduation?  I am thinking about either residential treatment, working in the criminal justice system, or with deaf individuals since there are not many resources geared towards the deaf community specifically.

 

Brayden Brown, SSWA Secretary

What year are you?  Junior
What made you become interested in Social Work?  I have a heart for helping children when life is hard and doesn't make sense at times. At the end of the day a child just wants to be loved and to be safe. I want to make sure a kid can always turn to someone and talk to them and know that it is okay to not be okay, and they don't always have to be strong.
Are you involved in any other Student organizations?  CAB (Campus Activities Board)
How do you want to use your Social Work Degree after graduation?  Hopefully continue into my schooling and get my masters in Social Work, but I am planning on going into the counseling aspect of social work.

Faculty Advisor:  Libby Fry

the UNI SSWA facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/UNISSWA/. Students can post volunteer opportunities, ask questions of their peers and learn more about past volunteer projects. If you have any questions about the SSWA, you can email Steph Dunkel at dunkels@uni.edu or Andy Hagensick at hagensia@uni.edu