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Greetings from our CSULB Associated Students of Social Work!

By Steve Wilson, Faculty Advisor to the Associated Students of Social Work (ASSW)

As we all begin the 2016-2017 school year, the members of the ASSW Board and I extend a warm welcome to everyone and again invite all graduate and undergraduate students to join our exciting student organization.  Membership is free!  Your active participation in this vibrant student organization is an excellent way to network with peers and faculty, discuss common interests in social work and social justice, get useful information, and participate in our social events and projects.’s a lot of fun.

Starting this Fall semester, we will be ASSW meetings to accommodate both our DAYTIME students and our EVENING students:

  • For our students attending classes during the DAY, General Membership meetings will be held on the 2nd Monday of each month (September 12th, October 10th, and November 14th) from 12:30-1:00pm downstairs in our SPA Building in our Social Work Student Center

  • For students attending classes in the EVENING, we will also have ASSW General Membership meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (September 14th, October 12th, and November 16th) from 4:30-5:00pm downstairs in our Social Work Student Center.  

Also, the following student organizations and groups operate under the auspices of the ASSW: 

  • Asian and Pacific Islander Students of Social Work Association
  • Jane Addams Committee
  • Tessie Cleveland Committee
  • Latino Students of Social Work Network
  • Active Minds
  • Association for Social Work with Groups
  • Macro Social Work Network

Social work students are welcome to join one or more of these Committees and groups.  Please check or ASSW bulletin board and BeachBoard for announcements of each committee’s events throughout the semester.  

Our new ASSW Board is working hard on planning the Fall semester’s exciting events – and we need your ideas!  This semester we held our annual SOCIAL WORK WELCOME gathering on Monday, August 29th from 12:00-2:00 in the SPA Courtyard (and again from 5:00-7:00 in the Student Center) with pizza and drinks, a faculty/staff-student mixer, and other activities later this semester to benefit our school and local social service agencies.  Please come by and learn about our student organizations!

ASSW will continue to sell our awesome “CSULB School of Social Work” t-shirts and sweatshirts and hoodies as our ASSW group fundraiser. You may purchase these items at our meetings or watch for announcements of our t-shirt sales dates throughout the semester. The proceeds from these sales help support the Association’s numerous projects during the academic year helping our local community.  We count on your support for ASSW and our school! 

The ASSW Board joins me in wishing all of you a great and productive Fall Semester in our exciting CSULB School of Social Work!  We hope to see you at our next ASSW meeting!

ASSW Leadership for 2016-2017

President: Ali Jakubczyk

Vice President: Gabrielle Powell

Treasurer: Chelsea Fonseca

Secretary: Viany Mendez

Fundraising Chair: Deeon Price


Historian: Gabriella Figueroa

Faculty and Community Liaison:

Ricky Lemberger

Community Service Chair:

Tahirah McCloyn

College of Health and Human Services Representative: Rosa Lazaro

Join ASSW Today!