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Dean's Welcome

Message from Interim Dean James Jaccard

Dean Lynn Videka

Welcome to the NYU Silver School of Social Work and thank you for your interest in our school. NYU Silver has many strengths, including faculty engaged in rigorous research on the pressing social work issues of our time, a strong commitment to community service (in New York City, nationally, and globally), outstanding teaching by some of the very best instructors in the field, and an exceptionally strong training program for developing high quality, professional social workers. Our approach emphasizes clinical training, social justice, knowledge building, and leadership in the profession. Areas of faculty expertise include clinical practice, poverty, Latino health, children and youth, palliative and end-of-life care, and mental health services, among others. Moreover, NYU Silver faculty are developing new practice models for the integration of health and behavioral health and for trauma-focused practice.

The size and diversity of New York City provide unique training opportunities for students at our Washington Square, Westchester and Rockland County campuses. In addition, MSW students have opportunities to participate in global learning programs on four continents – including a full semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina and a full academic year at our campus in Shanghai, China – as part of NYU’s Global Network University.

Our student body is diverse and dedicated to the core social work values of social justice and the alleviation of human suffering. Students learn about and come to understand social policy, organizational and community change, human behavior, and clinical practice. Our degree programs include volunteer activities, field learning, and opportunities for participating in a wide range of student groups.

Our alumni consist of over 15,000 social workers who are improving the lives of individuals, communities and society by virtue of the training they received at the Silver School. We support ongoing excellence in the profession by offering a robust array of continuing education conferences, webinars, self-study, and certificate programs.

I urge you to explore our website and learn more about the school, our research centers and institutes that examine pressing social issues (the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research; the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health; the Center for Violence and Recovery; and the NYU-ECNU Social Work and Social Policy Research Institute), our strong faculty and programs, and the many opportunities we offer to help you achieve your goals.


James Jaccard
Interim Dean and Professor