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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 Kathleen Claxton at for more information.

Current CSSW Officers:

  • President: Taylor Ortiz
  • Vice President: Ann Baker
  • 2nd Vice President: Bailey Ferree
  • Communication Chair: Rachel Wahle/Michelle Alvarado
  • Secretary: Rachel Bryan
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Caroline Emmitt
  • Marketing Chair: Melissa Maddox/Catherine Mahoney
  • Treasurer: Krystal Rhodeman
  • Membership Chair: India Woods
  • Activities Chair: Onoleigh Pommier
  • Advisor: Kathleen Claxton

CSSW Member of the Month

This month’s CSSW Member of the month is Onoleigh Pommier! Onoleigh is from Mahomet, Illinois (about 15 minutes from the University of Illinois). She is also involved in Greek life- Kappa Kappa Gamma, running club, a waitress at Olive Garden, and the Fundraising Chair for the School of Student Social Workers. Onoleigh is in the Bachelors of Social Work Program, and will continue on to work towards her Masters. She says she would like to be a social worker because she has always felt a deep connection with helping people. Onoleigh says, it not only brings her joy, but knowing that others can live a better life because they received some help along the way is priceless to her. She believes everyone deserves a chance!

~Fun Facts~ Onoleigh was born on an Ostrich farm in New York. She says she is undefeated watermelon eating champion (3 years running), and her uncle is John Oates from the band 'Hall & Oates'!

CSSW Events

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

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.

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​