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Mizzou Council of Student Social Workers

The Mizzou Council of Student Social Workers (MCSSW) is an organization devoted to the unique interests of MU social work students. Membership provides opportunities for support, collaboration, leadership, and service.

MCSSW hosts many activities that are beneficial for students. Guest speakers from various fields provide insights into their areas. Events are planned each semester to enhance communications between students and faculty. Members also work to better the community with such activities as the United Way Day of Caring and the Voluntary Action Center’s Holiday Food and Gift Drive. CSSW helps inform local youth about the profession and assists with various School-sponsored functions.

Membership is open to all undergraduate and graduate students in the School. A membership fee of $2.50 each semester helps to fund events and activities. Please contact Tammy Freelin at for more information.

Current CSSW Officers:

  • President: Ann Baker
  • Vice President: Stephanie Fox
  • 2nd Vice President: Jessica Livingston
  • Secretary: Lauren Reisman
  • Volunteer Coordinator: India Woods
  • Marketing Chair: Melissa Maddox/Catherine Mahoney
  • Treasurer: Krystal Rhodeman
  • Activities Chair: Danielle Dodd

CSSW Member of the Month

Jessica Livingston at golf courseThis month’s CSSW Member of the month is Jessica Livingston! Jessica is from the Chicago suburbs north Aurora and is a junior in the BSW program. She is currently the executive director of the Women's Leadership Conference, and the new 2nd Vice President of the Mizzou Council of Student Social Workers! Jessica has volunteered for many organizations including Haley's Playground and the United Cerebral Palsy Development Center. She has also participated in four mission trips in New York, Oklahoma, Detroit, and Chicago.

In her free time, she loves to golf, sew, and paint. During her senior year in high school, she was the captain of varsity golf and coordinated the spring fashion show, along with having her own collection.

CSSW Events

Read about the latest events and activities of the CSSW in the 2016-2017 Newsletter (PDF).

Adopt a Family

The Mizzou Council of Student Social Workers adopted a family this holiday season Fall 2018 through the Voluntary Action Center. Due to generous donations collected from the BSW, MSW, and PhD students we were able to provide a meal and gifts for the family. Mizzou Council of Student Social Workers hosted a bake sale and a popcorn sale this semester to assist a family in need. Through these endeavors along with their t-shirt sales they were able to adopt a family. The family will receive a $50 gift card from Walmart store to purchase their holiday meal, $20 gift card to obtain the milk that Mom had listed as a priority, diapers, wipes (over 1100 wipes), a baby bouncer seat, personal hygiene products, Disney movies, books, board games, shoes, boots, bath towels, clothes for her 5 year old daughter and clothes for her newborn baby, baby dolls, hair accessories and a host of other items. The Mizzou Council of Student Social Workers, MSW, and PhD students assisted in making the holiday season brighter for another family in the community.

As an organization, the Mizzou Council of Student Social Workers have definitely served their motto: To support, collaborate, provide leadership and service to our community.

CSSW members with wrapped gifts

CSSW members with wrapped gifts

Taste of the Tiger

The Mizzou Council of Student Social Workers partnered with the Columbia Missouri Food Bank on October 4, 2018 for the "Taste of the Tiger" event at the East Concourse of the University of Missouri Stadium.

The event, presented by UMB Bank. Taste of the Tigers takes place under the east concourse at Memorial Stadium. Event attendees will enjoy tailgate-inspired bites from Mid-Missouri eateries, local favorite brews and signature sips. Tiger Talk featuring Coach Barry Odom and Mike Kelly will be broadcast LIVE from the event, giving participants a unique behind-the-scenes experience. Guests will have the opportunity to vie for exciting auction items such as autographed Mizzou memorabilia and one-of-a-kind experiences. Check back for more information on this year's vendors, auction items and more. All Funds were to assist in feeding the hungry in Missouri that is operated by the Missouri Food Bank. CSSW members were provided a gold Missouri T Shirt to score for the hungry.

Taste of the Tiger attendees

Second Row: Leah Donahue, Danielle Dodd, Stephanie Fox, Toni, Melissa Maddox, Catherine Mahoney, Ann Baker
First Row: India Woods, Kathleen Claxton, Krystal Rhodeman

Second Row: Leah Donahue, Stephanie Fox,Toni the Tiger, Krystal Rhodeman, Catherine Mahoney
Front Row: India Woods, Melissa Maddox, & Ann Baker

Melissa Maddox and Kathleen Claxton

Welcome Home Kitchen Patrol

On May 5, 2018 the Mizzou CSSW partnered with the MU Nutrition and Exercise Physiology's Dietetics program students to hold its final service event of the semester - Welcome Home Kitchen Patrol.

working in the kitchen

working in the kitchen

working in the kitchen

working in the kitchen

MU School of Social Work Achievement Banquet

On April 27, 2018 an Achievement Banquet was held to honor MU School of Social Work students. Kasey Schaumburg from First Chance for Children and Tanaii Hunter provided BSW Graduate perspective.

Kasey Schaumburg

Tanaii Hunter


Mizzou CSSW Partners with MU Dietetics Program

On April 7, 2018 the Mizzou Council of Student Social Workers (BSW/MSW students, Alumni & Friends) partnered with the MU Dietetics Program to help feed the Veterans at Welcome Home in Columbia, MO.

helping to in kitchen at Welcome Home event

Social Justice Training

social justice training attendees

social justice training attendees

Trivia Night

trivia night attendees

trivia night attendees

trivia night attendees

trivia night attendees

Hunger Drive

After the first snow and the excitement that Christmas Break brought, we dive back into our studies in the School of Social Work. The New Year allows us to look back at our accomplishments from 2017 and imagine the possibilities 2018 has in store. Our Annual Hunger Drive led by CSSW fundraising chair, Onoleigh Pommier, collected and donated 256 Ibs of food to Tiger Pantry. Tiger Pantry serves students, faculty, and others associated with the university, distributing anywhere from 3500 lbs to 5000 lbs of food a month (Tiger Pantry, 2018). Hunger and food insecurity impacts close friends, neighbors, and co-workers. According to the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Insecurity, "About 17 percent of Missouri households were food insecure last year, compared with 14 percent nationwide." By continuing to put forth efforts such as those from the Annual Hunger Drive Pommier successfully planned and executed, even more contributions can be made to reduce these statistics regarding the reality of hunger and food insecurity in Missouri.

Adopt a Family

The Council of Student Social Workers adopted a family this holiday season through the Voluntary Action Center. Due to the generous donations collected, they were able to provide a holiday meal for a family from bake sale proceeds and complete the family's wish list, with the exception of a Go Fish Aquarium, wall décor, rainboots for one child, and belts for the boys. The children received 4-5 outfits, cool remote control cars, family games, coloring books, reading books, CD player, football, basketball, Ninja Turtles, cars, trucks, planes, legos, blankets, comforter, hats and gloves, coats, snow boots, etc. They also were able to provide Mom with shower curtains, towels, candles, canister set, pots and pans.

As an organization, the Council of Student Social Workers have definitely served their motto: reaching one person, one family, one community at a time. They are making a difference for the lives of people in this community!

bake sale table

bake sale table

CSSW Bake Sale

bake sale table

All proceeds will benefit a family for Voluntary Action Center's "Adopt a Family" for the holiday.