Student Organizations

Student organizations give you the opportunity to learn leadership skills, organize events, build a network and meet students from all over campus.

Phi Alpha Honor Society

The purpose of Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideas. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.

There are many benefits to joining the Phi Alpha Honor Society.

  • Recognition of academic excellence
  • Respected by employers, social workers and college admissions
  • National presentation opportunities
  • Lifetime membership
  • Membership certificate and lapel pin

Eligibility for membership in the Nu Lambda Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society

  • Last semester in the MSW program
  • GPA of 3.75 or higher
  • Have no unfinished incompletes, unresolved behavioral allegations and no pending academic hearing

The cost of membership (cash or check, made payable to UMKC)

  • New members - $38
  • Current members - $23

To apply for membership, submit the application with an unofficial transcript that includes the grades from your last Fall semester to the School of Social Work.

Questions? Email faculty advisor Sarah Pilgrim.

Masters of Social Work Student Organization (MSWSO)

The MSWSO is a UMKC student organization open to and including all MSW students. This organization offers an opportunity for students to actively be involved with the School of Social Work, build networking relationships with peers in the program and gain additional skills and experiences to enhance their social work career.

Throughout the academic year, the organization sponsors events such as a licensing information seminar, social gatherings and licensing exam preparation courses. The MSWSO also gives students input into the School of Social Work decisions through service on faculty committees and participation in the faculty meetings.

Please contact the Social Work office or the current president of the MSWSO to become involved. Programs and events are announced via the list serve email.

Questions? Email faculty advisor Adriana Paez.

Student Representatives to School of Social Work Committees

Student representatives are encouraged to serve as advisory members to School of Social Work faculty committees. Student representatives ensure that student voices and opinions are taken into consideration as decisions are made regarding the School of Social Work.

These committees are typically active during the academic year:

  • Curriculum
  • Field Advisory Board
  • Ad hoc committees appointed by the director