The School of Social Work at Florida International University Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work received a National Chapter Service Award for the 11th consecutive year from the Phi Alpha Honor Society, social work’s largest honor society.
Stempel College’s Delta Iota students are repeatedly recognized for upholding the tenets of social work and for their outstanding commitment to community service.
“Consistent recognition of our college’s extraordinary social work program is a testament to our faculty’s dedication,” said Dr. Tomás R. Guilarte, dean of Stempel College. “They nurture our students to become the compassionate leaders they were destined to be, while truly making an impact in our communities.”
This year, students immersed themselves in areas across the state that need the most support through multifaceted events. Many of the initiatives were interactive and in the field. Highlights include a dance for disabled adults; food rescue at the Food Network’s South Beach Wine and Food Festival; Relay for Life; LEAD in Tallahassee advocating for social justice; a toiletry drive for the women’s shower program at Camillus House; a clothing drive for Becca’s Closet to help underprivileged teens attending prom; and, a food drive for the student pantry at Florida International University.
Hundreds of chapters across the country participated in the competitive application process, and judges deemed Stempel College’s social work students their top choice. The chapter will attend the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting in November in Atlanta.