The Graduate Student Organization of the University of Connecticut (UConn), School of Social Work exists to create and strengthen a beneficial environment for its members, matriculated students. The GSO observes and celebrates diversity in all forms through student-led educational and social programs, community service projects, and advocacy opportunities. In accordance with the UConn School of Social Work’s mission, the organization’s function is to augment the student’s’ academic experience. In pursuit of this mission, GSO models its conduct in accordance with the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics.
The Graduate Student Organization serves as the umbrella organization for the graduate student interest groups, concentration committees, and representatives to various school-wide committees. It provides and approves funding for these interest groups and concentration committee activities and promotes building a community.
The Graduate Student Organization is composed of all matriculated students at the School of Social Work. Those students who choose to be active in Graduate Student Organization may serve as officers and/or members of Graduate Student Organization (the umbrella organization), the interest groups, concentration committees, or other various school-wide committees. The level of student involvement and the strength of its active members generally determine the agenda for the year.
The Graduate Student Organization serves as the channel through which students voice their concerns. Students are encouraged to bring issues to the meetings where they may: a) be given clarification through discussion with other students or the dean, b) be directed to a pre-existing committee appropriate for handling the concern, and/or c) formulate an alternative action plan to solve the issue. The Graduate Student Organization is recognized by the faculty and administration as the voice of the student body and an appropriate channel for communication and change.