Student Organizations and Activities

The Social Work Association

The Social Work Association is a student club representing students' interests in community affairs, fundraising, and social justice issues. As a recognized University Phi Alphastudent organization the Social Work Association receives a stipend to organize five activities each semester: an educational, social, fund raising, co-sponsorship, and community service event. The club has elected officers and all social work majors and minors are encouraged to join.

The Department of Social Work was accepted to the Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society in January 2011. The Department of Social Work's Chapter at Lewis University is Rho Mu. The Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society is for social work majors only. The criteria for membership include:

  • Must be at least a Sophomore with Social Work as a declared Major
  • Completed 8 semester hours of required social work courses
  • Achieved an overall grade point average of 3.0 and 4.0 scale
  • Achieved a 3.25 grade point average in required social work courses.
Social Work Activities

Advocacy Day
For the past two years, social work students have attended Advocacy Day in Springfield, IL sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers – Illinois Chapter. This is a great opportunity for our students to meet with their legislatures and support current legislation and other issues affecting social, public and health policy.

Campus Clubs and Organizations

Lewis University has many organizations represented by the sports, academic, cultural and social interests including service opportunities through University Ministry. Social Work students are encouraged to participate in many of the activities that are relevant to the social work field.

Peer Ministry
If you love helping others and want to serve your community, Lewis' Peer Ministry program might be a good fit. Peer ministers help their classmates with whatever issues they face. They share advice, encouragement and useful resources, while representing God's love. Not only will you build great relationships within the Lewis community, you will gain valuable experience listening, serving and helping.

Best Buddies
Best Buddies is a national organization devoted to enhancing the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Lewis' Best Buddies chapter matches Lewis students with "buddies" to develop one-to-one friendships. By being a buddy you will have an opportunity to help a person with intellectual disabilities gain confidence, build connections outside their home and find fulfilling activities.