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2009 Students

Innovation in Social Work Practice Student Award

Jennifer Applegate

Jennifer Applegate is a graduating MSW student, born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. After a study tour to Northern Ireland, where she witnessed the effects of political oppression and racism, she decided to pursue a career in social work. Jennifer's comprehensive literature review of community gardens examines how the gardens have been shown to lessen violent crime, improve health outcomes, and facilitate social participation in neighborhoods. She proposes a five-year, longitudinal study comparing neighborhoods with and without community gardens in the city of Newark, New Jersey.

Her overarching career goal is to promote social justice and work towards equality, respect, and peace. Community gardens and the "green" movement have become topics of great interest to Jennifer. Especially in times of economic instability, she believes that communities must work together and build relationships in order to flourish. Through her experience with community gardens she is able to serve and work alongside marginalized populations, and work towards her vision that human dignity and love will bring us together in respect and peace

Kate Segedy

Kate Price Segedy is a first-year MSW student at NYU. Her field placement is located at the Brooklyn Treatment Court (BTC), an alternative to incarceration program that provides addiction treatment to nonviolent felony and misdemeanor offenders in lieu of jail time. At the Center, Kate helped to create "Parents with a Story," a restorative program that provides BTC residential participants with an opportunity to connect with their children through audio-video recorded storytelling while in treatment.

In addition to her work at BTC, Kate is a rape crisis and domestic violence advocate at Beth Israel Hospital. She also volunteers at Restore, a nonprofit agency that combats sex trafficking in New York City, and with the Community Friends Project at the Jewish Board of Children and Family Services. In the future, she hopes to maintain a private practice in which she works with female survivors of trauma

Silver Spirit Award for Outstanding Social Work Students

Lisa Bednarz

Lisa Bednarz, BS '08, is a graduating MSW student from the Silver School of Social Work's advanced standing program, and an alumna of the Silver School’s undergraduate program. Always committed to the field, Lisa has spent much of her time at NYU immersing herself in the NYU Silver community. From her position as a School of Social Work student blogger to her contributions on the Department Chairs Committee, Lisa demonstrates her pride in NYU and the school of social work in everything she does.

She is a Catherine B. Reynolds Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship and a StartingBloc Fellow in Social Innovation; she believes in modernizing social services through cross-sector collaboration and entrepreneurial principles. She is especially passionate about social epidemiology and working with older adults, and is a student in the inaugural year of the Integrated Geriatric Mental Health program at the Silver School. She looks forward to building on the invaluable foundation that the School has given her.

Karalyn Shimmyo

Karalyn Shimmyo is a graduating MSW student at NYU's Silver School of Social Work, where she founded the NYU Student Committee on LCSW Licensing Issues (October 2008), the leading student group advocating for positive change in New York State licensing requirements. She received her BS in experimental psychology from the City University of New York. She also serves as a current board member for the New York State Coalition of LMSWs.

Karalyn, a longtime resident of Brooklyn, NY, serves as co-chair of the Development Committee for the Brooklyn Community Pride Center. In 2003, she co-founded and incorporated the arts-based nonprofit Artists Paint for Peace, Inc., where she held the position of Development Director for four years. She offers consultation on nonprofit organizational development, as well as grant and report writing services