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Student Organizations

Dr. Donna Daly with LSSWA Students

Dr. Donna Daly with LSSWA Students

Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Association (APISWSA)

Awareness of the API culture within the social work profession; to recognize API  social work professionals; to network and provide outreach and community service. Contact Dr. Yawen Li,

Black Social Work Student Caucus (BSWSC)

Awareness of black culture within the social work profession; to recognize black social work professionals; to network and provide outreach and community service. Contact Cheryl James,

Graduate Social Work Association (GSWA)

The GSWA interfaces between the student body and the administration and faculty of the School of Social work. GSWA officers make effort to identify the needs and concerns of students and bring those issues to the attention of the faculty. Additionally, the GSWA organizes both academic and social activities for graduate students. Contact Liz Marucheau, LCSW,

Latino Social Work Student Association (LSSWSA)

To educate and mobilize social work students in the areas concerning the Latino population. Promote and improve the perception of the Latino culture. Group is also to provide support for the Latino social work students. Contact Dr. Maria  Luisa Zuniga,

Social Action Committee (SAC)

To educate and mobilize social workers in San Diego county to improve the social condition in the community and promote social justice.  Contact Jennifer Cosio, and Carlos McCray,

Undergraduate Social Work Association (USWA)

To foster student interaction in Social Work administration activities on campus and in the community. Contact Dr. Yawen Li,

OUTREACH SDSU Social Work Student Association

To promote equality among lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and ally (LGBTQIA) individuals and families by educating future social workers about the unique needs of our community. Contact Dr. David Engstrom,,   Silvia A. Barragan, LCSW

Gerontology Student Association

To empower students in becoming leaders and advocates who are prepared to meet the needs of our dynamic aging population. We are an academic resource for gerontology students as well as an opportunity to interact, learn from, and network with alumni and other aging professionals in our community. All majors are encouraged to participate. Contact Dr. Jong Min,

Phi Alpha Honor Society

The purpose of 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.  Advisor: Dr. Melinda Hohman,

College Health and Human Services Student Council (CHHSSC)

To unite all the college’s student organizations on a board. It meets on a biweekly basis. The function is to support and advocate for students and organizations within the CHHS. The CHHSSC also has an AS Representative for SDSU.  NOTE: This club is college-wide, not necessarily specific to the school.  Contact Jessica Robinson,




last updated: 8/29/2016