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School of Social Work Graduate Student Association (SSWGSA)


Welcome to Rutgers School of Social Work Graduate Student Association (SSWGSA). If you are a graduate student, you are automatically enrolled as a member!

Established in 2005, the SSWGSA is a vibrant association that:

  • Supports and encourages social, academic, and professional development of social work best practice by MSW and PhD students
  • Serves as a conduit for dialogue between students, faculty, and administration
  • Advocates on behalf of the student body to the administration

Community Service

Each year, we provide volunteer hours and financial support to various non-profit and charitable community service organizations.

SSWGSA Executive Council

The SSWGSA executive council meets once a month, September through May. These meetings are generally held in the School of Social Work Building (536 George St.), Room 209.  However, you could also attend via video conferencing. Elections are held every spring and officers serve a 12-month term that begins in May. Interested in holding a council position? Email us at

2019-2020 Executive Council Leadership

Co-Chairs: Brittany Sjaastad and Olivia Kennedy
Secretary: Jenna Tiberi
Treasurer: Katherine Schumacher
Camden Representative: Jacqueline Uveges
Newark Representative: Kevin Tong
Non-Traditional Representative: Kelsey Borden
Community Liaison: Liz Townley
Communication Representative: Joselyn Chavez
First year Representative: TBA
Faculty Advisor: Marian Diksies, MSW


SWAGGER (Social Workers Advocating for GLBTQA and Gender Non-Conforming Equal Rights) is a student run organization, funded by the SSW Graduate Student Association.  SWAGGER was founded by a group of concerned social work students in 2010 in the wake of the death of Tyler Clemente, himself a gay Rutgers undergraduate who committed suicide following an incident of cyber bullying and harassment. SWAGGER provides monthly meetings which serve as opportunities for LGBT students and their allies to discuss issues of relevance including field experiences, job seeking, dealing with microaggressions in the classroom as well as current political events. Additionally, about once a year SWAGGER co sponsors a panel discussion on topics such as bisexuality, transgender health, religion and LGBT concerns as well as the history of the LGBT rights movement. SWAGGER students also successfully advocated for adding our current LGBT Issues course to the MSW curriculum.  All are welcome to any and all of our meetings.

For more information about this group, contact Dr. Michael LaSala at

Graduate Student Lounges (GSL)

There are three graduate student lounges located on the New Brunswick campus:

  • College Avenue, around the corner from Panera at 126 College Avenue, with the entrance under the archway between the RU Student Center and Panera
  • School of Social Work, 536 George Street, Room 209
  • Art History Graduate Lounge, 71 Hamilton Street

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