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GSSW Student Organizations

GSSW's active student organizations offer you a variety of ways to connect outside the classroom, and to work together with faculty and staff to impact the school, the University and the larger community.

ECO Conscious

ECO (Environment+Conservation+Opportunity) Conscious aims to promote conservation and environmental justice within the social work profession and to demonstrate such principles in the classroom and the community. Contact duecoconscious@gmail.com

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

GSA serves as the official voice of the GSSW student body. It acts as the liaison between the student body and GSSW's faculty and administration, professional associations and the community.

GSA representatives serve with faculty and staff on various GSSW committees to ensure consideration of student interests and concerns. GSA also works closely with the University's Graduate Student Government (GSG) and the Colorado chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). In addition, GSA plans social and graduation events, reimburses students for conference fees and organizes lunchtime discussions. Contact the Graduate Student Association at gsswgsa@du.edu.

Multicultural Social Justice Student Organization (MSJ)

MSJ seeks to explore social justice issues through a multicultural lens. By drawing from the experiences and insights of our diverse group members, we aim to provide unique and challenging opportunities to explore social justice issues in a forum of self-awareness, education and advocacy. The primary purpose of MSJ is to provide students new opportunities to more deeply explore social injustice and to challenge ourselves to better understand the political, social, and personal roots that allow these injustices to continue. Contact Liza Saffo for more info.

Phi Alpha (Xi Delta Chapter)

Phi Alpha is a national social work honor society. It seeks to provide a closer bond among social work students and to promote humanitarian goals and ideals. MSW student membership in GSSW's Xi Delta Chapter of Phi Alpha is based upon grade point average and adherence to the code of ethics established by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Contact Co-Presidents Meredith Buschart and Abbey Westphal or adviser Jae McQueen

Queer Equality Alliance (QEA)

QEA seeks to provide a safe and supportive environment for all gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersexed and questioning students, staff, faculty and alumni of GSSW; heterosexual allies; and those of any additional status or orientation.

Activities include outreach, education and work with other organizations. QEA also addresses educational, political and social needs, provides advocacy for the GLBTQIA community and works toward dismantling oppression in all its forms. Contact Co-President Jess Woolverton or adviser Nick Ota-Wang.

REhD (Red Estudiantil de Hispanohablantes en DU GSSW)

REhD is GSSW's Spanish conversation group comprising 30+ Intermediate to Advanced Spanish-speaking students. REhD is not a student group per se, but rather a network of students who wish to find connection around their Spanish language. The group is student lead and Clinical Assistant Professor Stephen von Merz currently serves as faculty advisor. REhD provides students a place to:

· Learn new vocabulary and brush up on your current skills
· Meet members of the Spanish speaking community of Colorado
· Discuss issues unique to Spanish speaking social work professionals
. Meet other Spanish speaking students at GSSW
. Address critical issues affecting Spanish speaking client systems and social work
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Shades of Brown Alliance (SOBA)

Shades of Brown Alliance (SOBA) is a student organization that strives to offer a "safe place", supportive, and encouraging environment for all individuals of color, allies, staff, faculty, and alumni of GSSW to learn, voice, escape, mature and positively confront and address the issues people of color experience as a part of the GSSW experience. Contact SOBA, shadesofbrownalliance@gmail.com

Additional Information

For more information about GSSW's student organizations, please contact Lisa Ingarfield, Director of Student and Career Development (303-871-3841). For a list of upcoming student events, visit the GSSW Student Resource Portfolio and click on the "events" tab.