GSO is responsible for identifying students to serve on the concentration committees which operate under the umbrella of the Graduate Student Organization. Each concentration, administration, casework, community organization, group work and policy practice should be represented. Each group receives funds which can be budgeted for specific educational and/or social events, guest speakers, food, etc.
GSO is responsible for nominating and appointing students to serve on various school-wide committees. Students have the opportunity to participate in all but a few of the School’s standing committees. These committees are responsible for policy development, student affairs, etc. The school-wide committees are:
Educational Policy Committee (EPC)
The Educational Policy Committee serves as the school-wide curriculum committee. It is responsible for all curriculum policy recommendations that are submitted to the faculty as a whole. The EPC also has responsibility for evaluating all educational policies, including policies related to advisement, retention, and graduation of students. New programs or other curriculum initiatives, including new courses, are reviewed by this committee.
Committee membership consists of representation from all curriculum units and two students (at least one present at each meeting). The committee meets once per month, typically on the third Monday, and it may meet additional times as needed. Students serve one-year terms and are eligible for reappointment.
Educational Review Committee (ERC)
The Educational Review Committee is responsible for the professional gate keeping function of the school. It makes recommendations to the Dean’s Office regarding administrative actions that pertain to the student’s standing in the MSW program.
It has dispositional and consultative authority to review students in academic difficulty or charged with academic or non-academic misconduct in accordance with the School and University’s policies.
The Director of the MSW Program acts as chairperson or convener of this Committee. Committee membership consists of four faculty members, the Director of Field Education, and two student representatives (at least one present at each meeting if requested). The Committee meets once per month, typically on the fourth Monday, and it may meet additional times as needed. Students serve one-year terms and are eligible for reappointment.
Field Education Advisory Committee
The Field Education Advisory Committee considers practicum issues as they impact agencies, students, and the School, and it serves as an important vehicle for reflecting the professional community’s outlook on the field education experience.
Committee membership consists of 16 people, including two student representatives. The Committee meets twice a year, typically the October and April Friday morning meetings of all field instructors. The committee usually meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Students serve one-year terms and are eligible for reappointment.
International Center Advisory Committee
The International Center Advisory Committee provides advice and support to the Center for International Social Work Studies and oversees the International Issues Focused Area of Study. The Committee is made up of faculty, staff and two students. It meets three times per semester, typically on Mondays. Students serve one-year terms and are eligible for reappointment.
Just Community Student Sub-Committee
As a student sub-committee, we work in conjunction with the main Just Community Change Starts Here Committee to develop a welcoming and inclusive environment where all members of the school community have equal opportunity to thrive. We strive to do so by creating a space for courageous conversations, and providing educational programming in various formats.
Our overall mission is to encourage the development of personal and professional student growth in the area of cultural competency. Additionally, as a sub-committee we aim to give all students the opportunity to share their feedback, experience, and concerns to ensure their needs are heard and present to the main Committee.