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College of Human Environmental Sciences

Council of Student Social Workers

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

CSSW 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. Contact the Student Services Coordinator for more information.

students who attended Student Chat

Student Chat hosted by the Council of Student Social Workers. We had a great turn out! P re-profressional and MSW students attended the event. We discussed managing the responsibilities of school, work and practicum.

Current CSSW Officers:

  • President: Courtney Duncan
  • Vice President: Taylor Ortiz
  • 2nd Vice President: Breanna Townsend
  • Communication Chair: Erin Couch
  • Secretary: Olivia Bahr
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Kayla Barrett
  • Marketing Chair: Sydney Gooch
  • Treasurer: vacant
  • Membership Chair: vacant
  • Activities Chair: vacant
  • Advisor: Kathleen Claxton

CSSW Events

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.


Nacho Bar Trivia Night

BSW and MSW students gathered together to celebrate March being Social Work Month. The Council of Student Social Workers hosted a Nacho Bar Trivia Night. The winners of the event are shown in the second photo; these students were our "little geniuses" of the night.

Trivia Night Participants

Trivia Night Winners

Trivia Night Participants:

Front Row: Cindy Erwin, Natalie Fish, Dani Mondloch, Natalie Chaffee, Christina Pritchett, Ashten Bruckerhoff, Shelby Reed
Back Row: Harly Moore, Abby Keller, Leah Roy, Alison Krause, Angela Shepherd

Trivia Night Winners:

Natalie Fish, Dani Mondloch, Natalie Chaffee, Christina Pritchett, Abby Keller


Food Bank Services

Some of the members of the Council of Student Social Workers spent their Saturday morning volunteering at the Food Bank. They spent their time labeling cans of corn that will be distributed to local agencies to give food to those in need. ​

Food Bank Services Participants

Food Bank Service Participants:
Front Row: LaEabha Shearin, Pax Shearin
Back Row: Phil Graves, Janey Graves, Jennifer Shearin, Melissa Stone, Shelby Reed, Dani Mondloch, Shelby Nace, Satomi Shigemori, Angela Shepherd​