Student Social Work Association

The purpose of the Student Social Work Association (SSWA) at UMSL is to initiate and maintain communications among social work students, faculty and the general public in an effort to serve as a resource for united action on issues of social concern. The SSWA, a recognized UMSL Student Association, also provides social work students with many opportunities to develop leadership and teamwork skills, to get involved on campus and in the community through volunteering, serving on committees and filling elected officer positions within the association.

If you are a social work student or are considering social work as a major you are already a member of the Student Social Work Association. If you are a UMSL student who is interested in promoting university and SSWA activities that will enhance student education, personal growth and community involvement, we welcome your involvement with our organization, a recognized Student Association at the University of Missouri -- St. Louis. Please check out our information below or contact any of our board members for more information!

Who We Are

The SSWA is a university organization made up of elected officers, board members, a faculty advisor, and the students of UMSL’s social work program.

What We Do

Through SSWA, you are given the opportunity to work with (and get to know) your social work peers, faculty and community - which can be one of the most rewarding and beneficial things you do while in college. We are a group of individuals committed to the same cause - helping others. Getting involved in SSWA will be worth your time!

Our Mission 

The goals of the Student Social Work Association are:

  • To promote Social work standards,
  • To facilitate interactions between the students, faculty, and university administrators,
  • To present a positive image of social work in the community.

If you are a UMSL social work student who is interested in promoting university and SSWA activities that will enhance student education, personal growth and community involvement, the officers of the SSWA encourage and welcome your active involvement within our organization.


Our BSW and MSW programs are both fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
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