Student Groups

  • Mandel Council for Student Community Leadership The Mandel Council is comprised of elected officers and leaders from Mandel School student groups. It provides recognition and funding for groups, coordinates student activities, and ensures student representation on the faculty and other Mandel School committees. The Mandel Council also strives to enhance social welfare and alleviate social problems through leadership in social policy advocacy, scientific inquiry, and excellence in social work practice.
  • Mandel Allies Mandel Allies endeavor to create an environment where Mandel School students can develop an understanding of LGBTQ issues and provide opportunities to become advocates for change.
  • Black Student Association (BSA) The Black Student Association is committed to the enhancement of the student of color’s experience while pursuing a graduate degree by promoting cultural diversity for the entire Mandel School community through educational seminars and workshops. BSA also acts as a liaison to appropriate community resources and highlights relevant and pertinent issues in the black community. All students are welcome and encouraged to join and participate in BSA events.  For more information, contact Dr. Mark Joseph, Faculty Advisor.
  • Student Run Free Clinic Social work students join their counterparts at CWRU’s medical and nursing schools to volunteer two Saturdays a month providing free acute medical care to underserved Clevelanders at the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland. This is a unique interprofessional experience that fosters collaboration with future medical professionals. Visit to learn more.
  • Local International Konnections (LINK) LINK facilitates a mutual understanding and sharing of information on cultural practices, philosophies, and ideologies among those throughout the world who enact the values and practices of the social work profession. It also provides:
    • Acculturation, support, mentoring and positive experiences for international students at the Mandel School, in Cleveland and the U.S.;
    • Opportunities for sharing and learning about diverse experiences and serve as personal and professional development; and
    • Events that bring students and community members together.

    Membership is open to anyone interested in active participation. Contact Kimberly McFarlin, LINK Faculty Advisor, for more information.

  • Student Leaders Advocating for Mental Health (SLAM) SLAM gives students with interests in mental health practice the opportunity to enhance their knowledge, as well as that of the Mandel School and greater community, as it relates to the policies and practices that impact individuals and families living with mental illness. We are currently seeking student leadership and always welcoming new members. Contact Assistant Dean Andrea Porter, Faculty Advisor, for more information.
  • And more!