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Dean's Welcome

Message from Dean Lynn Videka

Dean Lynn Videka

Welcome to the NYU Silver School of Social Work website! I am delighted to introduce you to social work at the Silver School. Our approach to social work education highlights excellence in clinical practice, strong commitment to social justice, and knowledge building and leadership for the future of the profession. We are proud of our faculty’s strong research focus and the mentored research opportunities available for students. The diversity and vitality of New York City and global learning opportunities available to students as part of NYU’s Global Network University are core strengths of our program.

Our outstanding faculty conduct research in a range of areas, including children and families, issues related to poverty, and mental health and clinical science. They are developing innovative solutions and interventions for today’s pressing societal problems and improving the practice of social work. Some areas of special faculty research expertise include poverty, Latino health, children and youth, palliative and end-of-life care, and mental health services. We are developing new practice models for the integration of health and behavioral health and trauma-focused practice.

We recruit a diverse group of high-achieving students dedicated to the social work values of social justice and the alleviation of human suffering. In their studies at the Silver School, students integrate understanding of social policy, organizational and community change, human behavior, and research with a strong clinical practice preparation. Our active student body is deeply engaged in the New York metro area through field learning, volunteer activities, student groups, and the formation of new initiatives and ventures. Students and faculty share similar commitment, energy, and goals. We work together as a community, and students will graduate from the Silver School with lifelong friends and professional colleagues. The School’s alumni—more than 15,000 strong—demonstrate the powerful impact social workers make every day in every field of practice. They work directly with individuals, groups, and families in need and in leadership roles that make professional social work effective.

I encourage you learn more about our faculty and programs, and I hope you will join us in our work.

Lynn Videka
Dean and Professor