Student Social Work Organization

The Student Social Work Organization is a student organization for anyone with an interest in social work.  SSWO was re-established in September 1993 at MTSU under the initiation of Flip Leonard, a social work student, who served as president until 1994. Currently, Dr. Ariana Postlethwait serves as the SSWO faculty advisor.


Students reaching out to make a difference


Blue and Yellow


The mission of SSWO is to (a) advance excellence in social work practice, (b) encourage members, (c) provide an opportunity for members to socialize with peers and colleagues, and (d) provide opportunities for students to participate in various learning experiences. Former projects have included hosting parties for children, providing meals for people experiencing homelessness, food drives, voter registration drives, donating money to the Honduras Project, book drives, hosting distinguished lectures events, and making bows for Child Abuse Awareness month. SSWO also sponsors events for members such as guest speakers, seminars, social gatherings, and fundraisers. A newsletter is produced each semester as well.

SSWO is comprised consists of students who would like (a) an opportunity to meet other students also interested in social work, (b) to keep current on issues related to the social work profession, (c) to attend conferences, and (d) to participate in  social service activities in the community. SSWO is a great way to reach out, make new friends, and make a difference.


SSWO is an informal organization that meets regularly during fall and spring semesters. Members include students of various majors, genders, race/ethnicities, ages, and backgrounds. Applications for membership can be obtained in the Department of Social Work office located in the Academic Classroom Building, suite 130. Dues are $10.00 per semester and may be submitted to the Social Work office along with a completed application. Checks, cash, and some electronic methods of payment are accepted and should be made out to the Student Social Work Organization.