Student Association of Social Workers (SASW)
|Internal Vice President:||Vacant|
|External Vice President:||Kayla Villegasfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Membership:||Laura Eli Reyesemail@example.com|
|Senior Senator:||Cristina Schaffinofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Junior Senator s:||Monica Vasquezemail@example.com|
|Junior Senator s:||Jessica Moralesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Faculty Advisors:||Marina Gallardoemail@example.com|
|Faculty Advisors:||Alma R. Armendarizfirstname.lastname@example.org|
The Student Association of Social Work (SASW) at the University of Texas at El Paso recognizes and believes that student participation is a necessary component to complete the social work learning experience.
The SASW at the University of Texas at El Paso is an organization aimed at:
- Enhancing the students’ learning and skill development in social work
- Encouraging social change through production of and involvement in university projects and events
- Promoting social and economic justice through participation in the multicultural and bi-national community of El Paso
PURPOSE & GOALS
The SASW at the University of Texas at El Paso sets forth the following purpose and goals:
- To encourage the empowerment of students’ professional identity as social workers.
- To promote student participation in the university and community life by:
- encouraging student involvement in the University of Texas at El Paso through participation in various university activities,
- promoting participation in community activities that are in accordance with SASW philosophy, and
- providing additional training/instruction opportunities with the specific focus of social work in the border region.
- To have an elected Board of Officers who will represent and coordinate student activities within the university and community.
- To promote student awareness of the Social Work program within the university, the social work profession and the community.
Membership is open to UTEP students enrolled in the UTEP Social Work Program. Student must remain in good standing in the program and pay an annual membership fee due each academic year. All members are encouraged to participate in as many SASW events as possible but are required to participate in a minimum of 6 participatory/donation activities and 6 volunteer activities during their time of membership. Additionally, members are required to attend a minimum of one general meeting per semester during their time of membership.
- The membership fee is required of all members and will be paid upon acceptance into the organization. Changes to dues amount will be determined for the following academic year at any time by the Board, and must receive a 2/3 majority vote of the Board in to take effect. Membership dues are not refundable.
- Each member shall be entitled to one vote in conjunction with the election of Board officers. The Board shall decide all other matters in conjunction with the administration and operation of the Association’s affairs.
- Each member who fulfills the commitment of participation in three participatory activities and three volunteer activities shall be awarded the SASW Cord for graduation ceremonies.
- The Board may suspend or expel any member of SASW for cause after an appropriate hearing with the Board, and by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of the Board, present at any regularly constituted Board meeting. Cause may include but is not limited to disciplinary action, unethical behavior, violation of University policies.
- Any member may resign by filing a written resignation submitted to the President and filed by the Secretary, but such resignation shall not relieve the member resigning of the obligation to pay any assessment or other charge theretofore accrued and unpaid.
- Membership in the Association is open to all students meeting the criteria for membership regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, culture, disability, sexual orientation or beliefs. The Association will support the cultivation of an inclusive membership that reflects the diversity of the program.
The Student Association of Social Work does not discriminate against qualified members of the University on the basis of their ability, age, color, creed, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status and abides by the Non-Discrimination Policy set in place by The University of Texas at El Paso and the UT System.
Julissa Corona is a second year MSW student and a graduate assistant with the Department of Social Work. She graduated in 2014 from Methodist University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a Counseling/Clinical concentration. Her interests include disabilities, mental health, and macro practice. At UTEP, she continues to develop skills of grant management and macro practice. She is also the co-host of Salud y Cultura Fronteriza (Health and The Borderland Culture), a 13-week radio program in which the culture of the border region is embraced and resources are shared with the community. She is currently serving as the SASW treasurer and seeks to enrich the community through her work and dedication.
Michael Shibley is a senior in the BSW program, originally from Vacaville California. After joining the military in 2009 and later retiring in 2014, he enrolled in the Social Work Program at UTEP, where he has served as the SASW External Vice President and Internal Vice President. Upon completion of the BSW program he hopes to be accepted for the MSW program. He plans on taking the education received and continuing his service to military personnel who are struggling with the physical and mental scars endured through their selfless service to our country.
My name is Jessica Morales a Graduate student on Social work with a Bachelors of Social Work. I am currently the senator of the Student Association of Social Work for my second consecutive year and a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Criminal Justice Department at UTEP. I am a social work intern at the El Paso County Public Defenders office and a passionate researcher and advocate for the homeless community of El Paso.
Neida Rodriguez is a second year Master Student of Social work at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her educational background includes an Associates of Applied Science in Social Work and Criminal Justice, a Minor in Women’s Studies, and a Bachelor of Social Work. She is currently the secretary of the Student Association of Social Work. Her passion is to serve others. She believes that people can overcome challenges when they are given the proper guidance to build on their strengths and reach their full potential. She strives to provide an atmosphere of love, compassion, and support to individuals in need.
Laura Eli Reyes
Laura Eli Reyes is an ambitious and innovative aspiring social worker. She has a B.A. in psychology from UTEP where she graduated with honors in 2012 as president of her honor society. A native El Pasoan, she has devoted her time towards the fight for environmental justice. Her goal is to incorporate the arts in her therapeutic interventions with future clients. She has a passion for helping others and hopes to do so in a clinical social work setting, promoting positivity and hope throughout the lives of the youth in our city. She will graduate May 2018 from the UTEP Social Work department. As Membership Chair she encourages everyone to do their part in helping the community thrive and prosper to its full potential, helping everyone access the necessary and available resources when possible, and creating solutions when those resources are not yet available.
My name is Monica Vasquez and I am a junior in the bachelor of social work program. I am also the Junior Senator for the Student Association of Social Work here. I am honored to work alongside some of the most passionate and dedicated students and advisors here at UTEP. I chose social work as my major because I want to be voice for ones who cannot be heard.
My name is Kayla Villegas, I'm 24 and I'm UTEP's SASW External Vice President! I was born and raised here in El Paso, TX. and graduated from Bel Air High School. I love to advocate and help those in need. I'm a Court Appointed Special Advocate for CASA of El Paso, a Consultant/Empowerment Educator for Women, and a Precinct Clerk for the El Paso Elections Department. I strive to the best of my ability to make a positive change in others live.