Student Organizations

The Student Social Work Organization (SSWO)

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SSWO is dedicated to promoting the educational and professional needs of social work students and exemplifying social work ethics and values. SSWO maintains this dual focus by enhancing the educational experience of social work students outside of classroom learning through organized educational activities, while promoting professional development through volunteerism and community service. The organization is operated by students with support of the UNK Social Work Program and its faculty. Organizational membership is open to all students who wish to join their peers in an informal setting where they can implement the knowledge and skills they gained through social work education and benefit the community. SSWO sponsors the annual social work conference, organizes fund-raisers for human service organizations, invites guest speakers, and puts together many fun celebrations. Students are strongly encouraged to join SSWO and consider a leadership role within the organization.
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2017-2018 SSWO Interest Survey

Phi Alpha Honor Society

Phi Alpha is a national honorary organization for social work students. An undergraduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following national requirements and meeting local chapter requirements:
  • Received admittance to the Social Work Program
  • Completed 45 credit hours toward the 120 hours required for a degree
  • Completed at least 9 hours of required social work courses
  • Achieved a cumulative grade point average that ranks in the top 35% of all Social Work majors
The purposes of Phi Alpha Honor Society are to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. The organization typically meets monthly during the school year and also participates in service projects, hosts guest speakers, and conducts occasional fundraisers. 
Advisor: Jody VanLaningham
Phone: 865-8753