The purpose of the Asian Student Social Workers (ASSW) is to promote networking and connection amongst social work students and social workers of API backgrounds. ASSW also serves to raise awareness of the social and community-related issues facing Asian Americans. In addition, ASSW serves as a safe space for API social work students to build community with each other. Contact Email: Dr. Sook Hyun Kim (email@example.com) Twitter:@AsianWorkers Website:Asian Student Social Workers
Comunidad and Umoja Scholars Program (CUSP), provided by the School of Social Work, is a leadership development and mentoring program designed to enhance the training of full-time, master level social work students who show a propensity for culturally responsive practice and leadership. The CUSP targets, but is not limited to, students of color pursuing a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at Salisbury University. Applicants must identify a commitment to working with communities of color as their focus and be dedicated to seeking employment in the field after graduation.
Comunidad means Community in Spanish and Umoja means Unity in Swahili
Increase the number of culturally responsive social work practitioners and leaders
Enhance individuals’ sense of belonging through the development of relationships within the School of Social Work as well as in the larger community
Increase leadership capabilities to make a difference in communities of color
The NIA Mentoring Initiative is focused on increasing the success and retention of students of color within SUSSW by providing a forum for exploring and sharing their unique college experiences. Furthermore, the initiative provides social support and promotes professional development among participants. The title NIA comes from the 5th principle of Kwanzaa which means Purpose. We focus our collective work on building and developing community and professionalism.
NIA Guiding Quote
“If you have a purpose in which you can believe, there is no end to the things you can accomplish.” ~Marian Anderson (Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient)
Email: Allessia P. Owens-King, PhD., LMSW- Clinical (Michigan), Initiative Advisor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Social Workers for Racial Justice is a club founded and led by Salisbury University social work students to educate, elevate, and empower the community in a safe and inclusive space. The club mission is to dismantle systemic racism and white supremacy by facilitating anti-racist conversations that address the reality of race-related stigma. Through advocating for justice for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, the club members work towards developing a campus and community that embraces diversity and encourages change.
Social Workers for Racial Justice was established to provide a safer space for students, faculty, and community members to process racial injustice after a series of racist and violent graffiti messages were written on the Salisbury University campus in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. Due to the stigma and controversy surrounding racial injustice in the United States, the club founders aimed to create an environment for open dialogue where students can express themselves and talk about their experiences regarding race without feeling like they will be criticized or excluded for “saying the wrong thing.” Given that white supremacy is a fundamental pillar of the United States and the social work profession, the founders recognized that there is a need for further education and empowerment among social work students. While SWFRJ was initially created to help further anti-racist education for social work students to facilitate their work with diverse communities, the influence of the club has now extended to all campus and community members looking to further educate themselves.