Phi Alpha

Phi Alpha was established in 1962 to “provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideas.” Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and extends membership to social work students who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work. Presently, there are more than 400 chapters in schools across the globe, including Walden University’s Tau Sigma Chapter for graduate-level social work students. As Phi Alpha members, students are provided with many opportunities to participate in humanitarian activities and service projects, network with other professionals, and explore future career choices.

To be considered for membership and participate in the quarterly induction ceremony, social work students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program in Walden University’s Barbara Solomon School of Social Work and Human Services.
  • Complete a minimum of 20 credit hours and 2 quarters of required social work courses.
  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Tau Upsilon Alpha

The National Organization for Human Services Honor Society, Tau Upsilon Alpha (TUA), recognizes Walden students in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences who demonstrate integrity, academic excellence, and dedication to empowering people through education and service. The purpose of TUA is to honor academic excellence; foster lifelong learning, leadership, and development; and promote excellence in service to humanity.

Walden’s Chapter

The Alpha Chi chapter of Tau Upsilon Alpha was established in 2013 by organizer and student president, Irena Glover. Under the current 2016 leadership of Dr. Gregory Hickman, faculty advisor; Vanessa Barnes-Bey, chapter president; Patricia Lynn Smith, vice president; Demetra Hutchinson, treasurer; and Elaine Barclay, secretary; with support from Dr. William Barkley, program director of Human Services, Alpha Chi seeks to expand and support the professional growth and development of Walden human services students. The chapter offers students the opportunity to:

  • Participate in research geared toward addressing current issues facing individuals within human services.
  • Engage in activities that support them in their quest for academic excellence, lifelong learning, and promoting social change.
  • Network with fellow human services students and faculty at residencies as well as national and regional conferences.
  • Receive valuable information related to human services through the Alpha Chi newsletter and quarterly meetings.

For information related to Walden’s chapter of Tau Upsilon Alpha chapter, contact Vanessa Barnes-Bey at

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  • About Alpha Chi

    “It is an honor to serve as President of Alpha Chi. By working together, we can ensure that our chapter grows its membership, involvement, and social change effort. My goal is to provide the leadership, transparency, integrity, and support necessary to uphold our mission and foster lifelong learning and academic development.”

    Vanessa Barnes-Bey, BSW, MSW
    PhD in Human Services student
    President, Tau Upsilon Alpha, Alpha Chi Chapter

  • About Alpha Chi

    “Alpha Chi provides opportunities for scholars to work together to promote social change. Through our research efforts, work in the community, and workshops, we aim to support the mission and vision of this organization.”

    Sherlina Stephens
    PhD in Human Services Student
    Tau Upsilon Alpha, Alpha Chi Chapter Secretary