The USGA provides a forum for student participation in the educational program and offers a channel of communication between students, faculty, and administration. The USGA sponsors social activities, social work forums, and special events for undergraduates.
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is an elected student organization that acts as a liaison between the students and the administration and faculty of the Silver School of Social Work. The GSA also plans several events for the student body throughout the academic year. GSA invites graduate students to bring feedback about the program, suggest events and come to them for direction and assistance. The GSA also plans several events for the student body throughout the academic year, such as student-to-student forums, student faculty meets, informal networking events for social work students, mentoring programs, coffee workshops, end-of-semester celebrations, career panels, and a graduation party.
The PhD Student Association (PhDSA) of the New York University (NYU) Silver School of Social Work (SSSW) is hereby constituted to represent its membership at New York University and in the greater community and to increase the role and impact of its members. The PhDSA is also constituted to create and implement services and activities, which its membership shall consider essential to fulfilling the experience of attending the PhD doctoral program at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University.
Identity-Based Student Groups
This group provides a safe space for Asian Pacific Islander/American (API/A) graduate students to explore identity as developing API/A social workers and to seek support with other API/A Silver School students. Members will engage in activities that enhance their practice as social workers, network with other professionals in the field, and advocate for equitable change in underrepresented communities.
The Black Women's Social Work Coalition seeks to cultivate a space for holistic support within NYU Silver to establish and implement a lively network in the academic program to share information and resources to further our development within the Social Work profession. The coalition strives for sustainability and continuity as members transition from the academic program to other impactful spaces in academia, the community, the workforce and the profession as a whole.
The Chinese Student Support group is an organization created to help international Chinese students with the transition to NYU and the U.S through community and multicultural exploration. The CSSG holds weekly or bi-weekly support group meet ups for its members and they invite you to inquire for more information.
Hidden Voices Coalition is a student group geared towards creating a validating space (many are denied), where people can discuss their mental illness and/or any form of discrimination caused by their other identities. Also, students will have opportunities to advocate against discrimination towards all their “marginalized” identities in Silver. Examples of advocacy opportunities are students collaborating with the administration on the Bias response protocol, and collaborating with a research group. The partnership with the research group focuses on historically marginalized groups changing the narrative within research, by using new measurements centered on historical marginalized experience, not the white gaze.
I Recognize You is a student group geared towards providing peer support to those who identify as Women of Color. IRY recognizes the need for socioemotional support for women of color on campus. IRY is a student group that seeks to bring Women of Color together to share their individual experiences both inside and outside of the classroom around topics such as identity, socioeconomic status, leadership, discrimination, and many others. IRY will run as both a support group where members can seek advice and assistance from one another, and also a self-care group where members can practice mindfulness and wellness techniques. IRY believes in and upholds the core values of integrity, respect, competence and social justice. IRY is a space that promotes inclusivity and bares no judgement. Members are encouraged to come as they are, as they will be able to seek sisterhood within the other members. IRY is committed to the professional development of its future social workers through the practice of self-preservation and community.
The Latinx Social Work Student Organization provides support and guidance to Latinx students attending NYU Silver School of Social Work. The Latinx Social Work Student Organization helps students deepen their understanding of health and social welfare issues facing the Latinx community within NYC, broader United States and globally. Our focus is to provide students and the NYU Silver School of Social Work community with greater opportunities to increase cultural competency and effectiveness in providing services to this diverse and multifaceted community.
The Silver Jewish Community (SJC) seeks to bring together Jewish Silver School of Social Work students and the larger New York City Jewish community in order to provide a space for discussion, connection, and outreach. The SJC is dedicated to combatting social injustice and inequality through the principal of 'tikkun olam' and will use its platform and influence to be a force of good, positivity, and influential change within NYC and the surrounding areas. The SJC understands Judaism and Jewish Identity are deeply personal and on a spectrum and thus respects all facets of Jewish Identity and practice.
Social Workers Approaching God (SWAG) is a socially minded group of students interested in the role of faith-based social work practice. SWAG is committed to the development of well-informed social work practices that are also related to faith and/or religious needs and services, which includes vulnerable and underrepresented population and the broader community. The mission will be fulfilled through information sessions, regular 'bible study'-like meetings, peer to peer talks, and community outreach. SWAG is also affiliated with the greater graduate fellowship of NYU, Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF).
The Students of Color Collective (SOCC) works to provide a safe space for self-identified students of color at the Silver School to come together for peer support. SOCC also works with the larger School to create programming and educational opportunities related to racial diversity issues.
Trans+Queer=Collective is a group for LGBTQ+ students at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work. T+Q=C works toward providing a supportive environment for LGBTQ+ to build community at the Silver School of Social Work regardless of race, ethnicity, or political viewpoint. T+Q=C is committed to providing emotional and educational support around social issues to both the Silver community and the NYU community at large.
White Students Challenging Racism (WSCR) provides a discussion space at Silver for students with a desire to work toward an anti-racist stance in their practice. The group embraces all levels of experience with racial awareness while fostering cultural competency. This peer-facilitated group provides clinical skill building and support for white anti-racist activism in the social work field.
Special Interest and Service Groups
The Animal Assisted Therapy in Social Work group provides a forum for students to discuss and explore the variety of animal assisted interventions in the context of social work - from clinical applications and programs, to evidence based research in the field. Activities will include guest speakers from programs currently incorporating animal assisted therapy (AAT), to peer led discussions of current research regarding efficacy of AAT. In addition, we will hold monthly meetings to facilitate networking and information sharing to raise awareness of local and national lectures, events, and conferences, as well as volunteer opportunities. The group is open to all students.
The mission of NYU Silver's CannaHealth organization is to provide NYU students with the tools and resources needed to positively impact the nascent cannabis industry from a social work perspective. NYU Silver’s CannaHealth group will explore the intersection of cannabis on mental health, social policy, and social justice. Utilizing a biopsychosocial approach, NYU CannaHealth will increase educational opportunities to improve clinical practice and policies in the cannabis space while serving as a unifying body for other healthcare professions' students at NYU to join. Leveraging an extensive network of NYU students and partner organizations, we will develop NYU into a global thought leader in the space, exercising its capabilities to facilitate safety, transparency, and comprehensive quality care.
"Macro practice" is a part of the social work field which emphasizes the "big picture" responses to social justice problems. Where "micro" or "clinical social work" is focused on individuals and their relationships, "macro social work" focuses on organizational-level, community-level, and policy-level interventions, important but often over looked aspects of social work practice and education. The mission of the Macro Social Work Student Network is to develop a geographically diverse network of and for macro-practice social work graduate students in order to: 1. Share and augment macro practice knowledge that is lacking at NYU Silver; 2. Maintain self-awareness of macro practice as a minority method in the social work field; 3. Share our work and raise awareness of macro-social work with the rest of the NYU Silver and social work community. This will be done through discussions and events geared towards macro social work topics, careers, and opportunities for engagement.
Phi Alpha National Honor Society est. 1964 recognizes students in social work for their achievements in academia. The Pi Pi chapter at NYU est. 2009 invites into membership those students who demonstrate academic excellence, as well as those who are committed to providing community service throughout the year. All applicants must complete 9 units in social work courses at the time of application. Graduate students are required to possess a 3.9 GPA, while undergraduate students must possess a 3.5 cumulative and a GPA of 3.75 in all social work courses.
The Radical Social Work Collective seeks to create a space where students can educate themselves in social work practice that is anti-oppressive, meaning anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, and anti-racist. We want to critically engage with the field of social work, addressing the field’s role in perpetuating oppression through the historical and ongoing harm it has done to communities of color and indigenous communities. We are against all forms of oppression (homophobia, ableism, sexism, transphobia, xenophobia, etc,) and advocate self-determination for oppressed peoples across the globe. We commit ourselves to practices that are community-centered and the least harmful to marginalized people and their communities.
We will encourage discussions related to the radical leftist tradition in social work on the micro, mezzo, and macro levels and explore how to incorporate anti-oppressive values in our future practices. We want to create a space to study decolonial theory and imagine alternative futures of care rooted in transformative justice and mutual aid. We believe there are many ways to explore these topics, including reading decolonial, anti-racist literature, attending or hosting panels and speakers, and potentially engaging in direct action as a collective. We want the RSWC to be rooted in accountability to each other, the communities we work with, and to ourselves.
As Angela Davis said, “Radical simply means grasping things at the root.” We define radical as going further than addressing the symptoms of the violent systems we inhabit and actually addressing why issues like racism and poverty persist. This means learning about social divisions as being intentional creations with material motivations, that will only cease to exist once we abolish class society.
The guiding beliefs of the RSWC are decolonization, anti-racism, and anti-capitalism. We commit ourselves to enact these beliefs in not just rhetoric, but in practice. Thus, participants will be asked to consider their positionality within the white supremacist, settler-colonial United States, the RSWC, and social work as a whole. People that are afforded more privileges due to their identities (white students, cisgender students, able-bodied students, men, and economically-privileged students) will center the voices of others. This will be a collaborative space of non-judgemental learning, but white students and students of privileged identities will not rely on their marginalized peers as unpaid and unreciprocated sources of labor and knowledge because privilege affords the ability to educate oneself about oppression.
This club will be as accessible as possible for students with disabilities, jobs, and/or children. Meeting times will be made as accessible as possible, taking into consideration members' varying schedules. Members' children will be welcome to our club meetings. If we are watching a video, it will be captioned. Any printed material will available in accessible forms (such as large print, for example) and will be provided to people for free. Readings will be suggested and not mandatory in consideration of people's schedules and capacities. To the best of our ability, we will work to ensure that our meeting spaces will also be accessible to people who may use mobility aids. Additionally, we want to be able to provide food for members as our meeting times may happen during lunch or dinner hours.
Lastly, we want this club to be non-hierarchical, meaning that no student's voice will be counted over another's. Instead, knowledge will be shared horizontally and reciprocally. We hope that with time, the facilitation of meetings will rotate to ensure no one person becomes the leader of the group. Any roles or responsibilities will be rotated based on people's capacity and interests. We recognize that all people are experts in their own life experiences.
The Silver Mindfulness Collective is a group and support system for those in the MSW program that wish to learn more about what mindfulness is and how to implement mindful and holistic techniques into both their practice and everyday lives.
We know through research that practicing mindfulness brings about an improved sense of self-awareness, decreases stresses levels, exercises empathy, helps concentration, improves emotional intelligence and overall and mental clarity.
Our goal is to provide future social workers the skills, self-confidence and tools to acquire further knowledge of these benefits through meetings, workshops, yoga practices, speakers, service and other learning opportunities. We hope that by discovering the benefits of mindfulness that it will enrich the lives of future social workers.
The Silver Psychoanalysis Forum provides a space for the Silver community to explore the application of psychoanalytic tools and theory to the practice of clinical social work. This community also offers an opportunity to network and exchange ideas on the topic of psychoanalysis as a practice and as a potential career path.
The content of the forum and readings will focus on contemporary trends in the discipline, as well the history of psychoanalytic thought. We take special interest in psychoanalytic perspectives as they relate to current social justice frameworks.
Silver Peer Support seeks to provide a safe space for graduate level students to come together to discuss relevant and pertinent issues experienced throughout the graduate years. The organization will hold weekly meetings to facilitate discussion on the field placement experience, social justice issues, current events, and other experiences that impact the student experience as a Master of Social Work candidate at New York University. Silver Peer Support aims to provide extra support at a very critical time in the emerging social worker’s career.