Professional Organizations

Child and Family Studies Organizations:

Social Work Organizations:

Student Organizations

Baccalaureate Social Work Student Association (BSWSA)


Founder: Ann Gilbert
President: Haley Kraus
Vice President: Bre Foster
Secretary: Lilly Chapman
Treasurer: Mallory Carpenter
Historian: Bethany Guillory

Faculty Advisor: Catherine "Kelly" Moon, PhD

National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) LSU Student Chapter

Open to any MSW or PhD student, this student organization is committed to enhancing the quality of life and empowering people of African ancestry through advocacy, human services delivery, and research.

Officers--NABSW LSU Student Chapter

President: Keondra Francis
Vice President: Rachel Dunn
Secretary: Taylar Claiborne
Treasurer: Kourtney Butler
Historian: Stephonie Rodgers

Staff Advisor: Jada Thomas-Smith, LMSW

NABSW Mission Statement
The National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc., comprised of people of African ancestry, is committed to enhancing the quality of life and empowering people of African ancestry through advocacy, human services delivery and research.

The National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc. will work to create a world in which people of African ancestry will live free from racial domination, economic exploitation, and cultural oppression. In collaboration with national, international, and other appropriate groups, NABSW will continue to leverage its collective expertise to strategically develop capacity of people of African ancestry to sustain and flourish. NABSW’s vision is guided by the Principles of the Nguzo Saba, which are Unity, Self-determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith, and the Seven Cardinal Virtues of Ma’at, which are Right, Truth, Justice, Order, Reciprocity, Balance, and Harmony.

(NABSW official website, 2017)

The NABSW LSU Student Chapter is an all-inclusive organization. This group seeks opportunities to engage in service activities that benefit communities of color.

Phi Alpha

National social work honor society open to students with a minimum 3.8 GPA.


President: Katelyn Rodriguez
Vice-President: Heather Kuntz
Secretary: Kathleen Pollard
Treasurer: James Osborne
Social Media Manager: Sheena Stevenson

Faculty Advisor: Catherine Lemieux, PhD

Social Work Student Association (SWSA)

As a social work student, you have recognized how you can make a difference in the life of others. With your training, you understand how to help others navigate through difficult times in their lives with information and assistance. Because you are a graduate student at the LSU School of Social work, you value the power of education in leading, transforming, and empowering the community around you. We share your passion and celebrate your efforts. 

You can count on us to help you forge a deeper commitment to your beliefs by supporting your goals through your career. We are a student-run organization. We provide you with opportunities to develop skills that will help you succeed as a graduate social work student. When you become actively involved in with us, you will:

  • Develop a network with your peers now that can sustain you well after graduation
  • Get to interact with faculty and develop a different perspective of their activities
  • Participate in events that are not only fun, but make you a part of our social work community
  • Because our umbrella organization is NASW, you can start developing the kind of ties to your field that will help you advance in your chosen career as a social worker and in your personal life

Community events we have organized or participated in include:

  • Thanksgiving canned food drive
  • helptheshelters blanket/supply drive

Connect to a spectrum of services available through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW):

  • Job Opportunities
  • Insurance Protection
  • Professional Development
  • Specialty Practice Sections
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Government Relations
  • Continuing Education
  • Publications
  • Discount Programs

Specialist-Year Officers

President: Johnny Ballance
Secretary: Kaitland Simpson
Treasurer: Aidan Morse
Social Chair: Jade Delaney
Diversity and Outreach Chair: Jeanne Marie Gilbeau
Historian: Piper Ellis

Generalist-Year Officers

Vice President: Brittany Dorsey
Secretary: Open
Treasurer: Open

Faculty Advisor: Elaine M. Maccio, PhD

Social Workers Advocating for Equality (SWAE)

Raises awareness and advocates for causes affecting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community


President: Heather Küntz
Vice President: Jakryra Williams
Secretary: Kaitland Simpson
Treasurer: Julie Liu

Faculty Advisor: Elaine M. Maccio, PhD