Social Work Club
In addition to the numerous opportunities students have to serve others through various student clubs and organizations, the Social Work Program also provides opportunities for students to meet, initiate social action, engage in their own professional development and interest, and participate in the broader community.
In addition to on-campus opportunities, students also encouraged to participate in continuing professional education experiences and join professional organizations such as the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW).
On campus, the most formal organized meeting of students is the Social Work Club. It has elected officers and is advised by the Social Work Program Director. The Social Work Club is open to all social work majors and anyone else interested in learning more about social work. Meetings generally occur two times a month, with two to three activities per semester being sponsored. During the academic year 2010-2011, the Social Work Club coordinated the following activities:
- Chalk-It-Up: Awareness education for Domestic Violence Month.
- Pumpkins for Pumpkins: Fundraising event for a Salvation Army Christmas family.
- Salvation Army Christmas Family: sponsored a family through the Salvation Army and gathered Christmas gifts for the family.
- Head Start: Classroom Assessment – helped Head Start complete a classroom assessment for their reaccreditation self-study.
- AIDS Walk: Walk Around the World – sponsored a walk to raise funds for children in Africa who are impacted by AIDS.
- Fazoli’s Meal Vouchers: Fundraising event for a Salvation Army Christmas family.
- Family Visit Day at University of Saint Francis – helped with children’s games.
- Student Professional Development Days: sponsored one-hour seminars lead by MSWs, who discussed different social work practice settings, graduate school, and field practicum.
- National Association of Social Work – Indiana Chapter, Region III: Conference – volunteered services in exchange for free conference attendance.