Student Social Work Association

Student Social Work Association (SSWA)


What is the SSWA?
  • The SSWA is a growing student organization from the Social Work Department full of students who want to learn more about the profession.
  • The SSWA brings in speakers and organizes events that help students to become informed and active int he community and with those practicing Social Work.
Why should you join the SSWA?
  • To learn more about social work
  • To meet others with the same interests as you
  • To get involved helping others both on campus and in the community

What is the time commitment?

  • You can put as much or as little time as you like into your membership. Sign-up sheets are passed around for each event and if you don't think you have the time, there is no pressure to sign up to help out. Because all of these activities are dependent upon member involvement the only thing we do ask is that if you do sign up to help at an event that you stick it out until the end, or let us know right away if something comes up.

Visit the UNI SSWA facebook page at Students can post volunteer opportunties, ask questions of their peers and learn more about past volunteer projects. If you have any questions about the SSWA, you can email



SSWA Officers:

Co- President:

Courtney Klein

Hometown: Orange City, Iowa

Year: Junior

What made you choose social work as a major?  I love policy and seeing how various systems work.  I also have a huge love for helping people, and I thought social work would be a great major to combine these two passions. 

Why do you enjoy being a SSWA member?  I enjoy helping other students and seeing them thrive – I think I can offer a different perspective, so by being a SSWA member, I’m another resource that students can use to succeed.

Dream job?  Immigration attorney or global policy/international organizations coordinator

Fun/Random Fact: I am currently involved with 15 organizations on campus with several leadership roles! 


Ashlie Pruden-Xayavong

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Year: Senior

What made you choose social work as a major?  The idea that I would be able to provide and give back to the diverse community I live in from the education and experiences I gained at UNI made me feel warm-hearted and I knew this was the path I wanted to take.

Why do you enjoy being a SSWA member? The opportunity to work with other social work students to learn, share, and spread social work throughout campus and the community (when we volunteer and meet).

Dream job?  A social worker in a medical setting

Fun/Random Fact: I have been to Mexico twice, Las Vegas twice, and the Bahamas once!


Brittany Greig

Hometown: Spirit Lake, Iowa

Year: Senior

What made you choose social work as a major?: I took a career test and was matched with Social Work. I researched what social workers do and fell in love instantly. I began taking classes as a Freshman and developed a desire in helping others. 

Why do you enjoy being a SSWA member?: I love being a SSWA member because it allows me to connect with other members and agencies throughout the community.

Dream job: Social Worker in a Children's Hospital

Fun/Random Fact: My grandma and grandpa own 2 miniature horses on their farm!


Elizabeth Schropp

Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa

Year: Senior

What made you choose social work as a major?  I have always had a passion to help others, and social work offers me the perfect opportunity to create change and make a difference.

Why do you enjoy being a SSWA member?  I enjoy how SSWA allows me to connect with others who have the same major and interests as I do.

Dream Job?  My dream job would be to work as a School Social Worker in an elementary school.

Fun/Random Fact: I love to travel, and have been to 8 different countries - my favorite is Germany!

Student Representative:

Mikayla Cardenas

Hometown: Fruitland, Iowa

Year: Senior

What made you choose social work as a major: Ever since I was little I have known that I wanted to help others and I felt that social work was the right fit to do that!!

Why do you enjoy being a SSWA member?  I enjoy being a SSWA member because I enjoy connecting with other students within the major.

Dream job?  My dream job is to advocate for kids whose parents are going through a divorce

Fun/Random Fact:  I'm an only child.

Faculty Advisor:

Jim Hanson, Ph.D.



SSWA Accomplishments for 2012-1013 academic year.

SSWA Accomplishments for the 2011-2012 academic year.