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Office Telephone #: 408-924-5800

Official Website: www.sjsu.edu/socialwork/

Newsletter Archive: https://www.sjsu.edu/socialwork/about/monthly-newsletters.php

General Email Address: socialwork@sjsu.edu

Office Address: One Washington Square (WSQ Room 215) San Jose, CA 95192-0124

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

School of Social Work Evaluation, Suggestion, and Feedback Form (Anonymous): https://forms.gle/hBXzASpfNYHomWEt6

School of Social Work Updates

Looking to apply to the MSW Program? Check this out:

Attention BASW Students:



October marks the observance of Filipino American History Month, initially established in 1988 by the Filipino American National Historical Society. This month is dedicated to honoring the rich history, cultural heritage, and remarkable achievements of Filipino- Americans, who constitute the second-largest Asian American community in the United States. The significance of celebrating this in October lies in the historical landing of the "Luzones Indios" from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza on Oct. 18th, 1587 at what is known as Morro Bay, California, marking their first recorded presence in the U.S.

Akbayan, is a student organization at SJSU, that strives to increase knowledge of the Pilipinx-American culture and share the beauty of the heritage. Akbayan started out with a group of Pilipinx/Pilipinx-American college students from SJSU gaining consciousness about their heritage and culture. The group was inspired to create an organization based on the Pilipinx/Pilipinx-American culture. In 1976, Akbayan was born. Initially, it started out as a social group where Pilipinx individuals had a chance to meet new people. Over the years, it has evolved to become an organization concerned with cultural and community concepts as well.

Check out these upcoming events Akbayan is hosting at SJSU:

The Social Work Experience Podcast

Season 2, Episode 2 - Out Now!

On this episode, Podcast hosts, Tanvi & Jessica are joined by special guests, Julie Black & Maddy Western, & talk about what it's really like to be in Graduate school, specifically the MSW program at SJSU. Julie Black & Maddy Western talk about their experience so far navigating higher education. Then, former Podcast chairs, Pancho & Eric, share reflections of the SJSU MSW Program.

Listen to our newest episode on Apple podcast or Spotify:

Follow us on Instagram: @sjsuswgsa @uswasjsu @sjsusocialwork

Have Questions, comments or suggestions for the Podcast? Email our Podcast chairs at: swgsa.podcastchair@gmail.com


The Social Work Graduate Student Association or SWGSA is a student organization created by and for MSW students at SJSU. All students in the MSW program at SJSU are automatically enrolled as members. ​SWGSA thrives to build connections and enact social change on every level as well as be a voice for the students.


General Email: swgsaboard@gmail.com

President: swgsa.president@gmail.com

Website: https://sjsuswgsa.godaddysites.com/home

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SJSU.SWGSA/

Instagram: @sjsuswgsa


Join us for a fundraiser at Gong Cha! Friday 10/20 from 4pm-6pm

All money raised from fundraising efforts is used for the BASW & MSW Convocation ceremony, workshops & creating new merchandise for students. We hope to see you there!

Office Hours will be held on the 3rd Thursday of the month: October 19, 2023, November 16, 2023, and December 14th, 2023 from 6 pm - 8 pm.

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM will be office hours for First-Year, Second-Year, and Part-time MSW students.

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM will be office hours for all Final-year students, including Advanced Standing.

Office hours allow students to share feedback and concerns or provide insight to the MSW program director, Dr.Sen.

Zoom link: https://sjsu.zoom.us/j/81433094425

We are reaching the middle of the semester, join us for a mindful walk in Los Gatos Creek County Park! Take this time to recharge!

We are excited to announce an upcoming event that promises to be both enlightening and empowering for all those interested in the intersection of advocacy, liberation, and hip hop culture in the realm of social work.

We are thrilled to introduce our distinguished guest speaker from Cal State East Bay, Dr. G.T. Reyes, who will be joining us for an engaging and thought-provoking discussion. Dr. Reyes is a renowned expert in the field, with extensive experience and a unique perspective that combines social work with the transformative power of hip hop culture.

During this event, Dr. Reyes will delve into the following key areas:

Advocacy Redefined: Learn how hip hop culture can be a potent tool for social workers to advocate for change and address pressing social issues.

Liberation through Expression: Discover how hip hop provides a platform for critical race counter-storytelling for marginalized communities to break free from systemic oppression.

Building Resilience: Explore how hip hop culture fosters resilience in individuals and communities, offering strength in the face of adversity.

Creative Approaches in Social Work: Gain insights into innovative strategies that harness the artistic and cultural elements of hip hop to drive positive social change.

We encourage you to join us for what promises to be an insightful and inspiring event. Whether you are a seasoned social worker, a student, or simply someone passionate about advocacy and liberation, this conversation will provide valuable perspectives and tools for your journey.

To RSVP for this event, please click HERE.

Can't make it in person? Join via Zoom, click HERE

Are you an online / hybrid student being affected by the tuition increase? Join us for a conversation with School of Social Work Director, Dr. Lee, Dr. Sen, and other faculty around this matter!


The Undergraduate Social Work Association (USWA) is a student-led organization created by and for BASW students at SJSU. All BASW students are automatically registered as members of USWA. Follow USWA on social media today!

Contact Information

Instagram: @uswasjsu

Facebook Group: Undergraduate Social Work Association

Email Address: uswasjsuofficers@gmail.com

Welcoming the New Officers!

Looking to get involved? Find the open positions below!

Newsletter & Social Media Submissions Form

Would you like to nominate a person to be highlighted in our newsletter? Do you have a story or idea that you would like us to consider? If so, submit your idea to our Student Assistant, Paola Quintanilla, by completing out this google form: https://forms.gle/C4HR6o9q2eFH2QFW9