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Cal State LA Students Create Box City to Raise Money & Awareness on Homelessness

  

The Cal State L.A. Assn. of Student Social Workers (ASSW) planned and organized Box City, an overnight outreach event on campus that raised money and donations for homeless people in LA County.  They also raised awareness of participating students and passersby who stopped to talk, visit and engage in the program that went through the night.

On May 25th student participants built and set up temporary homes of cardboard boxes and tents outside CalState LA’s Student Union.  ASSW was joined by students from the MultiCultural Greek Council and also partnered with EPIC to host a small Resource Fair from 10-2 p.m. following the overnight event.

Students raised over $1400 for Homeless Health Care Los Angeles (HHCLA), a successful harm reduction program that serves individuals who are homeless.  In addition to money, ASSW partnered with Tau Eta, CalStateLA’s chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work, to collect more than 850 pairs of socks, 2000 pieces of clothing, 700 non-perishable food items and delivered them to HHCLA on the 2nd day of the Box City Event. Also on the second day of Box City, ASSW and Tau Eta student officers made and delivered 70 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and 15 blankets to the Union Rescue Mission located on Skid Row.

This overnight outreach event, which took months to plan, exemplifies Cal State L.A.’s mission of engagement, service, and the public good. The university has implemented a general education requirement that will require students to complete two courses that feature engagement with the surrounding multicultural neighborhoods and the greater Los Angeles area. Civic learning and community service will be closely connected to their coursework. 

 

 

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Congratulations to Social Work Faculty Dr. Tasha Willis and her two thesis students, Leslie Chopin and Iliana Ramos for their award of a 100K Strong in the America’s grant for International Service Learning in Costa Rica, July 2015.

 

Two faculty members from the School of Social Work, through CSULA’s College of Professional and Global Education and The National University of Costa Rica’s Extension Programs, are offering social work and other undergraduate students an exciting opportunity this summer to participate in a two-week service learning program in Heredia, Costa Rica in summer 2015 (7/18/15-8/3/15).  20 students will be selected to participate Last day to apply is May 15, 2015.

 

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Cal State L.A. students offer help to Skid Row homeless

Photo of ASSW Students at Homeless Event

The Cal State L.A. Assn. of Student Social Workers participated in an outreach effort that provided shoes, socks, soap and other items to homeless people on Skid Row.

On February 7 student volunteers set up tables outside the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles. They were joined by students from USC and Cal State Fullerton, as well as alumni from the University of Michigan and members of the nonprofit organization Love Equally, Evolve Freely (LEEF).

Students handed out more than 500 emergency kits. In addition to shoes and toiletries, the kits contain a reference guide with information about organizations that assist the homeless.

The faculty advisor for the Assn. of Student Social Workers is Professor Joanne Altschuler.

The outreach effort, which took months to plan, exemplifies Cal State L.A.’s mission of engagement, service, and the public good. The university has implemented a general education requirement that will require students to complete two courses that feature engagement with the surrounding multicultural 

 

Past Events

ASSW Wins Campus-wide Awards
ASSW, our School of Social Work's very active Undergraduate Student Organization, is an award winning student organization.  The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) has honored ASSW with the following fourteen (14) campus-wide awards since 2006:

AY 2007-2008  - 2 awards
Outstanding Student Organization Officer 
Outstanding Student Organization Advisor

AY 2008-2009  - 2 awards
Student Organization of the Year
Outstanding Student Organization Officer

AY 2009-2010  - 3 awards 
Student Organization of the Year   
Outstanding Student Organization Officer 
Outstanding Student Organization Advisor

AY 2010-2011 - 2 awards 
Student Organization of the Year   
Outstanding Student Organization Advisor

AY 2014-2015- 3 awards
Student Organization of the Year
Outstanding Organization Officer 
Outstanding Community Service/Philanthropic Contribution

AY 2015-2016- 2 awards
Outstanding Community Service/Philanthropic Contribution
Outstanding Student Organization Advisor 
 

 

student participation at the Youth Peace Conference hosted by Cal State LA Pat Brown Institute, School of Social Work, and Soledad Enrichment Action

ASSW student participation at the Youth Peace Conference hosted by Cal State LA Pat Brown Institute, School of Social Work, and Soledad Enrichment Action

 

CSULA School of Social Work in Ghana
In summer of 2007, students and faculty from the School of Social Work, together with colleagues from UCLA and CSU Long Beach, spent a month in Ghana doing full-time social work internships at local agencies. They stayed in the dorms at the University of Ghana in Accra, and became acquainted with some of the students and faculty from the School of Social Work there. Field placements included a correctional residence for boys, a general hospital run by the police department, a domestic violence unit of the police department, a street outreach program in the worst sections of Ghana, and a refugee camp for Nigerians, among others. Time was reserved on Fridays for lectures on the history and government of Ghana, and on Saturdays for field trips to the local points of interest, including Elmira Castle.                                                                 

Photo of group of CSULA Social Work Students in Ghana

They returned from Ghana with great respect for the courage and dedication of Ghanaian social workers, and with renewed appreciation for the resources available here in our country. This trip has turned into an annual outing.  For more information, please contact Dr. Dale Weaver