The Social Work Club provides a vehicle for student cohesiveness and professional identity with the social work profession. The Club is a student led organization designed to increase awareness of social issues within the University and the wider community. It provides opportunities to gain knowledge about the social work major and issues related to the profession of social work. It also offers volunteer opportunities, leadership experiences, career exploration and fellowship with students and faculty.
Although the club has faculty sponsorship, it functions as an autonomous student organization. The Club elects its own officers, carries on fundraising activities, and allocates its own funds. In recent years club members have chosen to donate excess funds at year-end to local social service programs selected by Club members.
The Club has its own constitution and by-laws and is registered with Illinois State as a student fee fund organization, which means that it receives student fee money. As a registered organization, the club has the privilege of using various campus services and equipment, the use of University facilities for its meetings and activities and access to special services for organizations. The Club has co-sponsored activities with the School and various social service agencies in the community which makes it possible for these groups to use University facilities.
The Social Work Club provides all baccalaureate students, both majors and non-majors, with an opportunity to be involved in social work related activities and projects. Opportunity for involvement goes well beyond these meetings. Social Work Club members have been very involved in developing programs, fundraising, and "friend-raising." Over the last few years there has been substantial interest in the Club as students have experienced the benefits of participation.
Examples of events sponsored by the Social Work Club include: