Masters of Social Work Student Association (MSWSA)
MSW students are encouraged to become members of the MSW Student Association (MSWSA). It embraces the mission, vision and philosophy of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), which is the largest social work organization in the U.S. NASW's primary purposes include "promoting the professional development of its members, establishing and maintaining professional standards of practice, advancing sound social policies, and providing services that protect its members and enhance their professional status."
Membership in MSWSA opens many opportunities, especially when members are also affiliated with NASW.
MSWSA Mission Statement (last updated Fall, 2016)
Utah State University’s Master of Social Work Student Association (MSWSA) is guided by social work values and focuses on professional development, networking, and service.
Specifically, members of MSWSA:
- Network to advance professional development, and collect community contacts and resources to enhance their future career pursuits.
- Develop necessary social work skills through personal, social, and professional engagement in learning forums, social work practice, and group feedback and support.
- Search out opportunities each semester to engage in service projects that promote social justice.
Every fall semester, the MSW program recruits new members for the MSWSA at Utah State University. The MSWSA maintains a Code of Ethics for the social work profession.
MSW students is welcome to participate in MSWSA. Membership fees are $15 a person/year. Dues can be paid to the current President or to the MSWSA Faculty Supervisor. MSW students are also encouraged to join NASW as a student (annual student dues are $57).
Students may choose to be a part of the publicity, service, brown bag, or networking committees. MSWSA also provides leadership opportunities for students by allowing students to become representatives for their class or serve on committees. A president, vice president and secretary are selected based on experience with MSWSA each year.
MSWSA Faculty Supervisor