Social Work Program
Social Work Association
An integral part of the Social Work Program is the student Social Work Association (SWA), an active student led campus professional and service organization since 1994. SWA activities reflect the service ethic of the profession and students are encouraged to join. Membership is open to any student with an interest in social work, especially social work majors. Students elect officers annually, providing a number of leadership and service opportunities. Membership is a valuable resource for peer support, networking, and an important foundation for developing the professional social work identity. Faculty in letters of reference for students/graduates will recognize SWA membership and leadership.
Social Work Association activities include service projects, attending professional workshops, participating in advocacy efforts, taking field trips, inviting guest speakers, as well as informal socializing with fellow students and faculty. The Oklahoma State Legislature and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services honored the organization in 1997 for Outstanding Community Service. SWA continues its annual sponsorship of the very successful campus-wide food drive, which results in major donations to the Weatherford and Clinton food banks. SWA members are active in the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Faculty and students annually attend professional social work conferences and participate in Children's Advocacy Day at the Oklahoma State Legislature, meeting state legislators, supporting increased support and funding for children's services statewide.
Social Work students are encouraged to participate in other campus organizations, such as student government, and to volunteer in community projects, such as Habitat for Humanity, youth mentoring, mediation, and literacy tutoring.