Student Resources, Services, and Groups

Resources and Services

Mugar Library Social Work Section

The school maintains a collection of social work material in the Mugar Memorial Library, the central library for all students and faculty of Boston University. A librarian is assigned to the school to assist students.

Social Work Career Services

To assist students and graduates with employment information, the school offers social work career resources in conjunction with Boston University Center for Career Development. Included are:

  • A website with job information and links to social work employment sites
  • Skill-based workshops
  • Access to a network of graduates willing to serve as career consultants
  • Social work license exam study guides

More information is available at the Career Resources page.

Students of Color

Boston University’s ethnically diverse community includes African American/Black, Latino, Asian American/Pacific Islander, and Native American (ALANA) students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

The School of Social Work actively recruits students of color, and special programs are designed to reach out to interested individuals. The school’s curriculum and field practicum opportunities reflect a strong commitment to multicultural issues.

Student Groups

Student Union

All BUSSW students are members of the Student Union, a student-run organization which serves as a link between social work students and faculty and staff. It is an umbrella organization for several student caucuses and is the mechanism through which students are elected to serve on BUSSW committees with faculty and staff. In addition, students plan group activities and programs, implement ideas, raise issues, and solve problems.

National Association of Social Workers

Students in regular degree programs of the school are eligible for student membership in the National Association of Social Workers. Student members participate in the local chapter’s activities and receive national and local publications.

Alumni Association

The School of Social Work is strengthened by the participation of its alumni in numerous activities. The Alumni Association of the School of Social Work comprises more than 10,000 people from across the United States and throughout the world.

The school’s alumni relations program is designed to reach out to its graduates in multiple ways. Components of this expansive effort have included an educational program, a communications program, a career advisory program, an Alumni Association enrichment program, and a student recruitment program. Other efforts include class organizing projects, regional networking activities, and alumni giving campaigns.

Ongoing communication is maintained with graduates through the publication of an e-newsletter and other regular communications. The Alumni Association holds an annual awards ceremony which recognizes the special contributions of alumni, faculty, staff, and others. An Alumni Association Board serves as the governing body and includes members from 18 chapters covering 33 states, the District of Columbia, Eastern Canada, and Europe.