Department of Social Work
Western Connecticut State University
181 White St
Suite 101, White Hall
Danbury CT 06810
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Welcome to the Department of Social Work
The Department of Social Work at Western Connecticut State University, in keeping with the Mission of the University, seeks to educate a diversified student body, and serves as an accessible, responsive, and creative intellectual resource.
The Department of Social Work provides a quality of education that prepares informed, culturally sensitive, skilled generalist social workers, who will provide services that promote and strengthen the well-being of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, and that are consistent with the values and ethics of the profession.
The program operates dynamically in the context of the broad liberal arts education and the particular social service needs of the region.
Fall Brings Flurry Of Activity For Social Work Students
Students, Victor V., Natalie C., Carly D., Melissa S., and Kristina J in New York City looking at MSW programs.
Carly D. and Everett R. helping to plant thousands of American Flags in support of the Student Veteran Organization at WCSU.
Social work majors Matt C., Kristy R., Nick T., and Jessica V in front of the state capital building for the NASW Lobby Day Workshop.
The Fall 2013 semester brought a flurry of activities for social work students. We began the semester with the Professional Development Day in September. All social work majors gathered for a day of workshops about the profession. It was a chance for students to learn about the different fields of practice, become familiar with the work of practicing social workers, and learn about various masters of social work programs. In October, Phi Alpha, the national social work honor society inducted new members. Phi Alpha members not only meet high GPA requirements but also demonstrate distinction in leadership and practice performance. Special thanks to Dr. Deneen Harris for organizing both events.
Social work students also travelled off campus for some great learning experiences. Professor Patti Ivry along with several social work students visited the state capital building to explore lobbying techniques at a National Association of Social Workers workshop. Seniors in the social work club took a trip to New York with Dr. Sharon Young to look at graduate programs. The social work club was also involved in helping the Student Veteran Organization install flags in honor of Veteran’s Day. One of the highlights of social work club activities was the “Who Needs Feminism” event. Social work club members involved the entire campus community in a discussion of the importance of feminism in everyone’s lives. Check out the Facebook page for the event:
The Spring semester will bring more great events and activities for students. Before graduation in May, our students will take part in a poverty simulation, attend the annual social work symposium, participate in education and outreach tables, and so many more activities.