University of Memphis
Student Social Work Organization
“United in Hope”
The Student Social Work Organization (SSWO) provides students with opportunities to get involved with important social issues,
and to foster communication and interaction between students, faculty, and administrators
in the Department of Social Work. The SSWO coordinates fund raising events, organizes
volunteer activities, hosts special events with guest speakers, and sponsors social
activities of interest to students.
The 2012-2013 SSWO Officers:
Stephanie Lovins - President
Sarah Barbour - Vice President
Olubunmi Edward Akinjinmi - Treasurer
Laura Burpo - Project Coordinator
Why should you join? SSWO provides opportunities for:
Professional Development – provide a number of opportunities to engage in professional development activities
(service to community, fundraising events, etc), leadership development (opportunities
to be involved in the planning, coordination and implementation of various projects),
and exposure to individuals in the field (guest speakers, site visits)
Fall 2013 - Meeting Schedule
Monday, September 9th
Monday, October 7th
Monday, November 11th
Monday, December 2nd
Past SSWO activities include:
- “Toys for Refugee Children”
- Discover Your Major Day
- End of the Semester Pizza Party
- Faculty & Student “Meet & Greet”
- Fundraising Bake Sale
- Social Work Day on the Hill
- The NAMI Memphis Annual 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
This is your organization! The greater your involvement and effort, the more successful
your endeavors will be. The membership application may be filled out and turned in
to the Social Work Office in McCord Hall. Lifetime membership dues are $20.00 and include a t-shirt, so please remember to include your t-shirt size on the application.
SSWO Membership Application
SSWO Officer Application
Student Social Work Organization in the Community
The Student Social Work Organization (SSWO) at University of Memphis partnered with the Refugee & lmmigration Services program at Catholic Charities of West Tennessee throughout the Fall 2010 and Fall
2011 semesters. Social work students worked together to collect food, clothing, and
coat donations for the organization.
The end of the semester “Toys for Refugee Children” event was a successful undertaking!
Fifty-two children of families enrolled in case management services at Catholic Charities’
Refugee & Immigration Services received toys from their wish list.
Fall 2011- As the Public Relations Officer of the Student Social Work Organization, Ms. Tish
Clay coordinated the Fundraising Bake Sale and the Christmas Toy Drive. The Social
Work Club assisted with donations of money and toys from the children’s wish lists.
Fall 2010- As the Public Relations Officer of the Student Social Work Organization, Ms. Tywona
Matthews coordinated the Christmas Toy Drive. The Social Work Club assisted with donations
of money and toys from the children’s wish lists.
Additional social work students are volunteering this semester to continue in their
effort to get involved with important social issues and empower communities.