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Social Work Organizations

Phi Alpha Induction

Within the social work department there are three student organizations designed to foster camaraderie, teamwork and practical social work experience among social work majors.

Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society is the social work profession’s national honor society and is represented at North Carolina Central University by the Nu Gamma Chapter of Phi Alpha. Membership is by application and acceptance of qualified applicants. The criteria to apply for membership is acceptance into the social work program, completion of at least 12 hours of core social work classes, an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall, and 3.2 GPA within the social work department, completion of a personal statement and application packet, and at least two references that can speak to the candidate’s leadership, scholarship, and service. For graduate students the requirements are similar, however the departmental GPA is 3.8. Induction is held twice yearly during the fall and spring of each academic year. In addition to a one-time payment of national dues, members pay minimal chapter dues each semester.

Some of Phi Alpha’s recent projects include sponsoring, planning and hosting the Social Work Month Conference in March and establishing the Gregory C. Gibbs Memorial Scholarship in 2013 in honor of Phi Alpha member and active social work department student leader Gregory Gibbs. The faculty advisors are Dr. Gertrude Jackson and Dr. Takeisha Wilson George.

The Undergraduate Social Work Society is open to all undergraduate social work and pre-social work students who maintain at least a 2.0 average and express an interest in participating.

The Social Work Society plans and completes several community-service projects throughout the academic year geared towards expressing social work in action and giving social work majors hands-on experience in developing and carrying out practical social work. Some of their major projects have included food drives for the Northeastern North Carolina Food Bank, clothing drives for Durham Urban Ministries, building with Habitat for Humanity, and Christmas toy drives for Triangle-area foster children. They have also carried out community awareness drives on issues such as child abuse, domestic violence, and voter registration. Membership is non-exclusive: other than maintaining a 2.0 GPA overall and paying minimal dues each semester there are no other criteria. The faculty advisors are Dr. Vanessa Hodges and Ms. Hattie Moore, MSW.

The Graduate Student Association mirrors the Undergraduate Social Work Society at the graduate student level. The two organizations merged in 2012 to avoid duplication of community-service projects and to foster closer relationships between undergraduate and graduate students. Although each organization has its own officers, they share the same faculty advisors and work together on projects sponsored by social work department students. The faculty advisors are Dr. Vanessa Hodges and Ms. Hattie Moore, MSW.

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