Student Social Work Organization (SSWO)

Student Social Work Organization (SSWO)

The SSWO's purpose is to stimulate interest in the field of social work within the University and community.  The organization holds regular meetings, some of which feature guest speakers whom students request. SSWO also sponsors activities and community projects throughout the year; and organizes student trips to attend area social work conferences. 


Officers serve as mentors for any pre-social work students and students recently accepted to major status, affording them insight into upcoming classes, practicum information and other issues related to the UAB Social Work Program. SSWO publishes a newsletter to inform social work students about upcoming events.

UAB students who wish to join the SSWO will find membership applications on the information table outside the Department of Social Work office (Heritage Hall Building, room 322). The annual membership fee is $15.00 and may be paid by check made payable to UAB Student Social Work Organization and returned with the completed application. Please contact Dr. Wes Akins to find out more information about SSWO! 

 Click here to print out an application

Phi Alpha

Phi Alpha

UAB's Social Work Program holds the Eta Beta chapter charter for social work's national honor society, Phi Alpha.

The purpose of the Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals.  Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work

To qualify for induction, a social work major student must have a 3.0 overall grade point average and a 3.6 social work grade point average in required social work courses. Eligible students are notified by letter and are recognized at graduation. The distinction recognizes students who have attained excellence in scholarship. Dr. Lisa Baker is the faculty advisor for Phi Alpha and may be contacted for questions about membership.