Honor Societies and Professional Organizations

Several student organizations at University at Albany seek to raise awareness of specific issues, while others bring social welfare majors together in a supportive community. These groups include:

  • The Alpha Gamma Chapter of Phi Alpha is the academic honor society for social work majors in the undergraduate degree program. Requirements include GPAs of 3.25 overall and 3.5 for the first three semesters of Social Welfare courses.
  • Social Workers Advocating Respect & Equality (SWARE) is an organization for Straight and LGBTQ individuals interested in affirming all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer communities. This group is open to Undergraduate, Graduate, Doctoral, Alumni and other Community Professionals; as well as Advocates associated with the University at Albany School of Social Welfare. SWARE aims to promote diversity, advocacy and equality while enhancing cultural competency among social work students, faculty, staff, and the social work community by providing a safe space for discussion and exploration of the needs and resources of LGBTQ communities and individuals through social and professional networking and activities.
  • The Social Welfare Student Association is committed to promoting the mission of the School and helping students reach their educational goals. Many students, staff, and faculty members have participated in and supported the Association's activities and events throughout the years.
  • The Association for Black Social Workers (ABSW) is dedicated to improving the social and health conditions of the black community through advocacy, human services delivery, and research. ABSW further seeks to be inclusive—extending membership to, and soliciting involvement from, all students in the School of Social Welfare, regardless of race or ethnicity.