THE SOCIAL WORK CLUBThe Social Work Club is an undergraduate organization that was form as part of the Department of Social Work at Virginia State University within the first year of the Program’s inception.
VSU Social Work Club Mission
- To promote interest in and support for the Social Work Program at VSU.
- To assist members to bridge the gap between classroom academics and application of theory to practice.
- To encourage interactive learning opportunities between students, faculty, and social work practitioners through planned programs and community service projects.
- To increase knowledge and awareness by attending and promoting seminars and workshops that focuses on the profession of social work and the promotion of social justice for all.
- To provide student representation on social work program curriculum, development, implementation, and evaluation process.
Contact: Faculty Advisor – Mr. Frank Fox, Director of Field Education
PHI ALPHA HONOR SOCIETY
Theta Beta Chapter “Through knowledge – the challenge to serve”
The purpose of the Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideas. 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.
Qualifications for Eligibility
- Declared major in social work
- Achieved sophomore status – 30 or more credit hours
- Completed 9 semester hours of required core social work courses
- Achieved an overall grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
- Achieved a 3.5 grade point average in required core social work courses
- Membership is available to all full-time social work faculty.
- One time membership of $50.00
Contact: Faculty Advisor – Dr. Gwen Thornton, Department Chair
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK SOCIAL WORKERS (NABSW) STUDENT ASSOCIATION
The National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc., comprised of people of African ancestry, is committed to enhancing the quality of life and empowering people of African ancestry through advocacy, human services delivery, and research.
National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc. will work to create a world in which people of African ancestry will live free from racial domination, economic exploitation, and cultural oppression. In collaboration with national, international, and other appropriate groups, NABSW will continue to leverage its collective expertise to strategically develop capacity of people of African ancestry to sustain and flourish. NABSW’s vision is guided by the Principles of the Nguzo Saba, which are Unity, Self-determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith, and the Seven Cardinal Virtues of Ma’at, which are Right, Truth, Justice, Order, Reciprocity, Balance, and Harmony.
The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) is committed to motivating, educating and communicating with student chapters of the National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc. (NABSW) and their advisors. OSA guides students in creating and maintaining successful student chapters that are socially responsible and reflective of the mission of the NABSW. OSA provides leadership, support and direction relevant to student needs, challenges, programs, retention of student chapters and members, and fundraising. The mission of OSA is to provide a forum for NABSW student members to learn, identify with other African Americans servings as advocates, and protect and affect positive change in the Black Community.
Contact: Faculty Advisor – Ms. Jane Parker, MSW