Joining one or more student groups will augment your education and provide opportunities beyond those found in the classroom.

Student Social Work Organization (SSWO)

The SSWO's purpose is to stimulate interest in the field of social work within the University and community. We hold regular meetings, some of which feature guest speakers requested by our members. We also sponsor activities and community projects throughout the year and organize student trips to attend area social work conferences.

We invite you to join us even if you are not an accepted member of the program yet. Our officers serve as mentors for students who intend to apply for the program, as well as for students recently accepted to major status. You will get insight into upcoming classes, practicum information, and learn about other aspects of the Social Work program. SSWO publishes a newsletter to inform social work students about upcoming events.

UAB students who wish to join the SSWO must fill out and submit a membership application (you can also find printed forms on the information table outside the Department of Social Work office, Humanities Building room 302). The 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. Yookyong Lee to find out more information about SSWO, or check out the group's Facebook page!

SSWO Officers (click to open/close)

President

President

I'm Adam Grinfield. I am the newly elected President of the SSWO. I am in my senior year and will do my field practicum in January 2018, then plan on starting the master's program in August of 2018. I am interested in working in a clinic or a medical setting with clients who need help with medical devices to be able to go home. I have a huge heart for the elderly and patients who have had a major change in their life due to things out of their control, such as a stroke or motor vehicle accident. I am excited about this new adventure with the SSWO and getting the word out about what Student Social Work Organization.


Vice President

Vice President

Ashley Clift is currently a senior and will be graduating in December of 2017. She is currently doing her field placement at Big Oak Ranch in Gadsden, AL and hopes to be employed there in the future. She plans to go to graduate school after graduating, and feels called to work with children and youth.


Treasurer

Treasurer

Hello! My name is Caroline Wood! I am the treasurer for the Student Social Work Organization. I am a senior at UAB majoring in social work. I plan to continue my education at UAB by getting my master's in social work. I love helping others and always strive to do more than is expected of me. I am excited for all that is to come with the Student Social Work Organization. Go Blazers!


Secretary

Secretary

My name is Shelbi White and I am from the small town of Lincoln, Alabama. I am currently a junior and also a student athlete participating in track and field for UAB. I enjoy reading, spending time with friends and family, and giving back to my community.


Member at Large

Member at Large

Faith Lowe is a senior majoring in social work. She is from Birmingham, Alabama. She became interested in social work after meeting some of the superb social workers at UAB Hospital. She enjoys spending time with her family, being a member of SSWO, and coloring, and is interested in working with veterans, families, and those involved with the court system. She is currently completing her service learning with Campfire Alabama Links-Up Program. After graduation, Faith plans to pursue a master's degree in social work or counseling.


Phi Alpha Honor Society

""The Phi Alpha Honor Society encourages a closer bond among students of social work and promotes 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 student must have a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.6 GPA in required social work courses. Eligible students are notified by letter and are recognized at graduation for their excellence in scholarship. Dr. Laurel Hitchcock is the faculty advisor for Phi Alpha and may be contacted for questions about membership.

UAB's chapter of Phi Alpha is Eta Beta.Save