Student Organizations

Social Welfare Student Alliance

The UCLA MSW Student Alliance is a graduate student organization that welcomes Social Welfare students of all cultures and ethnic backgrounds. The Student Alliance provides leadership for the Social Welfare department and serves as a channel of communication between students and faculty. We encourage student organizations to host events through inter- and intra-depart- ment gatherings, to network, make social and professional connections, by providing small grants that allow student organizations to plan and implement their unique events. The Student Alliance is a student-driven organization that encourages students to share their knowledge, experiences, and connections.

Co-Chairs: Bex Durant and Tammi Chaparro
Treasurer: Kelly Cooper & Domanique Coronado
Curriculum Representative: Rachel Hirschberg & Ingrid Lobben
Cohort Liaison: Jane Davis
Caucus Liaison: Stephanie Nguyen & Christina Harrison
Campus Liaisons: Sakeena Mirza and Rachel Montoya
Career Center Liaison: Rachel Hirschberg
Communications Chair: Christina Harrison
Social Chairs: Shelby Cornell & Stephanie Nguyen

Email: uclamsw2016@gmail.com

Asian/Pacific Islander Student Caucus (API)

The API Caucus strives to bring awareness to the social issues faced by the diverse communities represented in the Asian (American) Pacific Islander population. These issues include, and are not limited to APIs in mental health, immigration, education, and so forth. We hope to foster community coalition building amongst all API students within the three departments of the Luskin School of Public Affairs, and additionally open our caucus to other students of different cultural and ethnic identities. We hope that unity amongst API students and allies within Luskin can foster an intersectional community to engage in social transformation happening all around SoCal and across the nation. Come learn more about the API community!

Co-Chairs: Phimy Truong, Rachel Chan, Gennie Samala

Black Caucus

The Social Welfare Black Caucus is a student organization established to serve as a network of support for African American students and all interested students in the Department of Social Welfare located in the School of Public Policy building. The Black Caucus will act as a service oriented resource, providing both information and a forum where all students can dialog about social welfare issues as they pertain to the Black community.

Co-Chairs: Chete Enunwa, Evin Capel, James Banks, Ashley Royston, Kimettria Leonard, Adia Ransome, Darian Askew

Christian Caucus

The UCLA MSW Christian Caucus holds a commitment to represent Christ through education, community, and service. Our aim is to glorify God through our words and actions as a caucus. We plan to meet through- out the year for bible study, prayer meetings and social gatherings, as well as present events focused on religion in social work. We hope to collaborate with other caucuses, students and faculty. People of all religious backgrounds and spiritual walks are welcome.

Co-Chairs: Cathy Gomez, Brent McCloud, Jennie Rivas and Joanna Williams

Find us on Facebook: UCLA MSW Christian Caucus

Email: mswcc.ucla@gmail.com

Dialogue Facilitation Caucus

This group was born out of student efforts to enhance their intergroup dialogue facilitation skills. Inter- group dialogue facilitation skills are tools that can be utilized to increase the communication, efficacy, and feelings of safety during discussions around privilege, race, religion, ability, gender, sexuality, and other points of orientation. These challenging discussions prove to be of continuous importance and priority in our world, and with students who participate in IGR efforts (intergroup relations) and/or with students who are just interested in participating in a dialogue, trainings will hopefully be offered and com- munity will most likely be built. To be the best social workers, it is ethical to engage in these discussions and to learn how to do so respectful- ly and openly.

Co-Chairs: Jennifer Moore, Kathleen Baca

Disability Caucus

The goal of the Disability Caucus is to increase awareness of issues and concerns that affect the disabled population. Our mission is to support and encourage stu- dents with a disability to obtain their education- al goals, as well as to promote and implement activities/projects that help bring awareness to this population.

Chair: Christabel Cheung

Diversity Caucus

The Diversity Caucus seeks to work with the Department of Social Welfare in finding solutions to overcome barriers that make it challenging to enroll diverse groups of incom- ing students into the Social Welfare program, and to promote the incorporation of diversity throughout the MSW curriculum and program. In addition to fostering an inclusive and collab- orative community among students from all backgrounds, the Diversity Caucus organizes an annual Diversity Fair in efforts to recruit individuals from numerous diverse backgrounds into UCLA’s MSW program.

Co-Chairs: Celine Gharakhanian, Ambar Guzman, Tania Contreras

Facebook: UCLA Diversity Caucus

Email: diversitycaucus@gmail.com

Feminist Caucus

The Feminist Caucus is a non-hierarchical student run organization that seeks to empower students to cultivate and nourish their feminisms. As an organization we intend: To promote an inclusive academic community that is supportive of feminist thinking, scholarship, and practice. To advocate for social justice for marginalized populations; acknowledging the complexities of gender, social identity, privilege, oppression, and power on womens’ and girls’ experiences. To contribute to building a politically, socially, environmentally, economically just world through feminist scholarship, and activism.

Co-Chairs: Melissa Hunt, Javi Espinoza, Eva Ray

Contact: UCLAfeministcaucus@gmail.com

Gerontology Caucus

Gerontology Caucus: Older adults are a severely underserved population with unique strengths and needs. The Gerontology Caucus will open a dialogue between students and professionals currently working in the field to  increase interest in and raise awareness about the issues and  opportunities in this growing and changing field.

Co-Chairs: Lily Abt and Nina Shenkar

International Social Welfare Caucus

The purpose of the International Social Welfare Caucus is to: Create understanding on the role of social welfare in the international community. Raise awareness of areas of social concern and interest impacting the world. Explore overseas social work services and development activities. Promote international experiences for social welfare students. Provide information to social welfare students on volunteer opportunities for international social work locally and abroad.

Elizabeth Salcedo, Chair

For more information, please email: ucla.iswc@gmail.com

Latina/o Student Caucus

The mission of the UCLA Department of Social Welfare Latina/o Caucus is to support and supplement the edu- cation of social workers interested in working with Latino populations. We fulfill our mission through social, educational and political activities. Some of the activities we engage in include: The Social Services in the Latina/o Community Conference. Informational sessions on topics relevant to the Latino population and social services field. Workshops facilitated by social work profession- als and leaders in the community. Fundraisers. Social gatherings and many more activities. Also, the caucus provides a safe and welcoming environment where students can receive support and resources in their journey to becoming great social workers.

Co-Chairs: Sandra Cervantes, Christina Hernandez, Corina Lopez

Email: LatinosdeUCLA@gmail.com

Macro Social Work Caucus

The mission of the MSW Macro Caucus is to provide 3 pillars of support to MSW and dual degree students seeking to pursue macro level education. These pillars include:

1) Peer Support: Allow students to find similar minded individuals that can provide deeper insights and encouragements within the program, increase and encourage peer to peer networking, and exchange of knowledge and best practices

2) Career Connections: Provide guest speakers and career panels to explore post-graduate career options, aid students in identifying useful and applicable macro related skills to take to the job market, and explore difference in licensures/ other relevant job certifications

3) Academic Enhancement: Raise visibility of macro studies within the department, explore how macro studies fit within different disciplines and create specific recommended courses based on various discipline focuses, advise the depart- ment on best practices relating to macro studies and curriculum options, and provide workshops or other lunchtime or after hours learning opportunities.

Co-Chairs: Lily Aguirre, Emily Bush, Yadira de Anda, Tania Contreras

Email: LuskinMacro@gmail.com

PRIDE at UCLA Luskin

PRIDE at UCLA Luskin serves to encourage education, social justice, and activism around issues affecting the LGBTQI community. The student organization also exists to provide a welcoming and inclusive community for LGBTQI students and allies in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Co-Chairs: Adrian Cotta, Mario Marquez, Christopher Mann

Find us on facebook: UCLA LuskinPRIDE

Contact email: PrideLuskin@gmail.com

School Social Work Caucus

The School Social Work Caucus aims to support students who are interested in pursuing a social work career in a school-based setting. The caucus will guide students through the process of obtaining their PPS credential, review the required coursework, and provide a platform for members to share ideas with one another in a fun and supportive environment.

Co-Chairs: Hannah Epstein, Beth Faitro

Self-Care Caucus

This caucus helps promote self care among MSW students through various events and activities. Our goal is to remind students to take time for themselves to enjoy and relax. We aim to promote wellness through tips and workshops and by connecting students to others who share interests and self care activities. We also encourage using the skills and habits we learn to care for ourselves in working with our clients. We are here to motivate and remind each other that we need to take care of ourselves before we can take care of others.

Co-Chairs: Naaz Mirreghabie, Taylor Lambert

Social Justice/Community Action Caucus

The Social Justice/Community Action Caucus connects graduate students at the Luskin School of Public Affairs to social justice issues at UCLA and in the greater Southern California communi- ty. The Social Justice/Community Action Caucus will create a space for collaborative dialogue and learning about social justice through educational opportunities, volunteer experiences and com- munity actions.

Co-Chairs: Phimy Truong, Vanessa Morelos, Lily Yu, Liliana Galdamez, Dianica Torress

Email: sjca.ucla@gmail.com

Spirituality Caucus

The Spirituality Caucus provides an opportunity for MSW students to discuss and share the role of spirituality in our lives and how it influences our approaches to social work. The caucus will also serve to inform students about the place of spirituality in clients’ lives by inviting speakers from various spiritual traditions to talk about their traditions and the implications for social work practice with clients within those traditions.

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