MSW Scholar Life & Engagement

The M.S.W. Program at CUNY York College offers a variety of opportunities for MSW scholars to participate in formulating and modifying policies affecting academic and student affairs and to organize events around their interests.

Engagement

The York College graduate study body plays an active role in every aspect of program leadership, advocacy, and community engagement including though college committees, including curriculum development, academic standing, and ad hoc committees, councils and student groups to provide scholars with opportunities to participate in shared governance with faculty members. In addition, scholars are invited to provide input and concerns during monthly faculty meetings with M.S.W. Program at CUNY York College. 

The Chi Sigma MSW chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society 

MSW scholars are given the opportunity to become members of the Phi Alpha Honor Society, Chi Sigma Chapter of York College of the City University of New York. The Chi Sigma MSW chapter of Phi Alpha National Honor Society was charted in February 2018 to, provide a closer bond among scholars of social work and to promote humanitarian goals and ideas. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work. MSW membership is open to graduate majors who maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher.

A Phi Alpha Honor Society, Chi Sigma Chapter pinning ceremony will be held to recognize graduate majors. Members of Phi Alpha Honor Society, Chi Sigma Chapter are also invited to participation at the annual York College Honor’s Ceremony. The honor cords and Phi Alpha are worn during annual commencement.

Associations and Clubs

In addition to Phi Alpha Honor Society, York College has over 40 registered student organizations that represent academic interests, professional associations, special interest groups, Greek-letter societies and clubs. The York College Student Government Association sanctions student organizations. Per the York College website, student organizations are chartered by the Student Government Association (SGA).  Scholars have opportunities to organize in their interests (i.e. Legislative Action Day Social Work Lobby Day in Albany, NASW national conference, experiential community service opportunities, and professional development, clothing and food drives), through collaborations with the department of social work, YC S.W.E.E.T. [Social Work Empowering and Encouraging Together] Club, other York College student organizations and support services (i.e. Counseling Center Annual Depression Screening, Women’s Center Domestic Violence Awareness, Men’s Center Suicide Awareness Walk), throughout higher education institutions and surrounding Queens communities.

Additional information about student life at York College is described in Club mission statements, Student Club Handbook, and Department of Student Development.