Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Student Organizations

The School of Social Work Student Organization (SSWSO) is an organization developed to enhance each student's educational experience while pursuing their social work degree. The organization exists to serve the students' needs as they evolve and change. 

SSWSO organizes social events, community service opportunities, and social justice discussions for classmates to get to know each other, as well as School of Social Work faculty and staff, outside of the classroom. Through participation with SSWSO, students will encounter professional networking prospects, service opportunities within the Chicago community, social occasions, and opportunities to attend certain faculty meetings. 

All SSWSO activities are open to current School of Social Work undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students, as well as alumni. Being a School of Social Work student means you are a SSWSO member!

You already have a voice in SSWSO, but if you want to get more involved, here are some of the ways you can do so:

  • Attend SSWSO events
  • Join a committee: Student Development & Cohesion; Social Justice; Educational Advocacy
  • Become a Curriculum or Fieldwork committee chair, and attend monthly faculty meetings and be an advocate for SSW students
  • Become a SSWSO Board Member

For more information email us at LUCSSWSO@gmail.com

Connect on social media:

SSWSO on Facebook or @lucsswco on Twitter & Instagram


Social Workers of Color Alliance (SWOCA): a School of Social Work student organization that plans networking, social gatherings, and social justice events that reflect diverse populations and perspectives.

Social Workers of Color Alliance (SWoCA) is committed to constructing a community of support in order to enhance our academic experience as students of color. We are devoted to raising discerning voices and seek a transformative change for how social work education is conceived and delivered. 

The purpose of the Social Workers of Color Alliance is to raise consciousness and serve the needs of students of color.  We plan to create a safe space in order to share and bridge unique experiences.  As an organization, we hope to influence the development of a more inclusive curriculum that reflects our diverse population. Through mutual respect and valuing of our varying cultures, we recognize that we have a responsibility to each other and to the betterment of our community.   

All interested undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students as well as alumni are welcome to participate in SWoCA. No student is to be excluded from membership or participation on the basis of his or her race, color, genetic information, creed, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, marital status, political affiliation or physical, mental or medical disability unrelated to the purpose of the organization. 

If you would like to get more involved, you can:

  • attend SWoCA events
  • become a curriculum, internships, or DEI committee member and attend monthly faculty meetings to be an advocate for SSW students of color
  • become a SWoCA board member


Connect on social media

SWoCA on Facebook or @Luc_swoca on Instagram and Twitter


Contact: Ruth Tekeste Dicks rtekestedicks@luc.edu