Athens, Ga. – The UGA chapter of Phi Alpha, the honor society for social work, welcomed 47 new members at an induction ceremony on March 18.
The campus chapter, which was revived last year after a period of inactivity, is advised by Assistant Professor Tiffany Washington. Washington welcomed the new members as “our best and brightest social work students, who represent our future workforce, are leaders in social change and are agents for social justice.” Through the chapter, said Washington, students have gained access to grants, awards, scholarships, conferences and an extensive alumni network. Currently, the organization has 400 chapters across 48 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and Canada.
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In her remarks to attendees, Washington also commended the chapter’s executive board, which includes members from the BSW and PhD programs, and MSW students from the Athens and Gwinnett campuses. Thanks to their diligent work, she noted, this year the chapter established a book scholarship for Phi Alpha members in financial need. The scholarship was funded by sales from t-shirts that feature the new School of Social Work logo.
“This executive board exemplifies leadership and teamwork. This is the legacy they are leaving; this is the legacy of an honor society,” said Washington.
Assistant Professor Jane McPherson, director of Global Engagement for the School of Social Work, gave the keynote address. She drew from personal experiences to inspire the students to think outside the box. In one example, McPherson described a creative project that she was involved with to raise awareness of past and ongoing acts of genocide and mass violence. The One Million Bones Project combined art and activism to produce a large-scale installation that was displayed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and also helped fund assistance to people in Somalia and the Democratic Replublic of the Congo.
“Embrace your creativity,” she told the new members, “because you will need it as humanitarians and change-makers.”
For more information about UGA’s chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society, contact Lauren Siegel, email@example.com.