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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

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 faculty advisor Sarah Bexell.

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 staff advisor Steven Chavez-Gordy.

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 faculty advisor Anamika Adhikari

Queer Equality Alliance (QEA)

QEA strives to create a supportive and inclusive LGBTQIA community within GSSW and DU. We are committed to shedding light on issues faced by the LGBTQIA Community in order to reach a socially just Denver. We will work toward creating alliances within the Denver Metro area grassroots movements and other advocacy groups

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 faculty advisor Brian Gonzalez.

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 Lorena Gaibor currently serves as faculty advisor. 

REhD provides students a place to

  • Meet other Spanish-speaking students at GSSW
  • Learn new vocabulary and brush up on your current skills
  • Promote self-care for bilingual students as you engage in field, community, and as a professional
  • Address critical issues affecting Spanish speaking client systems and social work service delivery
  • Have the occasional cafecito y pan dulce

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 faculty advisor, Stephen von Merz.