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Champions/Ambassadors

Who We Are

The Silver School of Social Work at New York University, in an effort to create dialogue between current and future students, and build on its identity as an intimate educational institution within NYU, has an ambassador program known as the 'Champions.'

Silver Champions is an ambassador program that connects prospective and newly admitted students with a current MSW student or MSW alumni. Champions draw upon their experiences to highlight the opportunities and benefits of an NYU education.

The Champions group was established to provide the Silver School with a group of student volunteers who have the necessary skills to help newly admitted and prospective students throughout the application process and to serve as mentors.

How to become a champion

Any MSW student is eligible to become a Silver Champion. Students are encouraged to get involved early to maintain relationships throughout their time in the program and beyond.

Champions are friendly, committed, and enthusiastic about sharing their NYU Silver stories and experiences. Beyond the satisfaction they gain by making guests to the School feel welcome, Champions develop interpersonal skills and aid prospective MSW students. Please contact our program coordinator to receive more information.


Activities May Include

  • Presenting at information events and panel presentations
  • Corresponding with prospective students
  • Welcoming and congratulating accepted MSW students via email
  • Attending graduate school fairs

CURRENT MSW STUDENTS

Two Year MSW Student

Terceira Molnar
Manitowoc, WI


Two Year MSW
Lakeland College
tam503@nyu.edu



 


Molnar is an AmeriCorps VISTA Alum and Returned Peace Corps volunteer, Indonesia 2014-2016. Her services to America and globally have introduced a commitment to social service and justice. She also has the privilege of volunteering as Sexual Assault and Violence Volunteer at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Her fields of interest are Global Social Welfare, Intimate Partner Violence, and Substance Abuse.

Two Year MSW Student

Delana Simon
Marlton, NJ


Two Year MSW Student
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
@nyu.edu




I chose to attend NYU Silver because of its diverse connections throughout NY State, and clinical focus. I also knew that I would be among peers who would challenge my thinking and value what I have to bring to classroom discussions. Incoming students, do not hesitate to connect with Faculty and Staff. Their involvement in the field goes way beyond the classroom. Take full advantage of their expertise and broaden your social work scope.

Two Year MSW Student

Jon Abelack
Rockville Centre, NY


Two Year MSW Student
State University of New York at Oneonta
jwa229@nyu.edu


 


I chose NYU Silver due to its excellent reputation on the clinical side. I have found the professors to be very bright and they bring their clinical experience into the classroom, which is a great learning tool for students. One piece of advice I have for incoming students is to pace yourself and do not leave assignments to the last minute, otherwise you will find yourselves very overwhelmed.

Two Year MSW Student

Salvador Resendez
San Francisco, CA


Two Year MSW Student
San Francisco State University
srr5@nyu.edu


 


I chose Silver because for its reputation of educating excellent clinicians. I am career changer, and my first year placement at HANAC, a non-intensive outpatient substance use agency, and my second year placement with the harm reduction program at GMHC, along with networking with talented professors, and classmates has given me a promising start to my new career. During the summer, I was a research fellow in the SARET program, an initiative to educate and spur interest among NYU students from diverse disciplines about addiction and the fundamentals of clinical research. I will participate in the Focused Learning Opportunity for Substance Abuse and Co-occurring Disorders to deepen my knowledge in this arena.

 
 
Champions Profile for Silver Website (Responses)
 
 
 
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Extended MSW Student

Luisa Lopez
New York, NY


Extended MSW Student
College of the Holy Cross
ll3118@nyu.edu


 


I chose NYU Silver because of the flexibility I knew I would get as an extended student. I've been able to take classes when it's convenient while still able to work. I wish I had given some thought to the kind of social work I would be interested in doing before I came to Silver; there are so many courses to choose from that I've had a hard time deciding which to pick. The one piece of advice I'd give incoming students is to get very comfortable with advocating for yourselves; if there is club you want formed, do it. If there is a book that should be in the curriculum, ask for it. The school is receptive to students speaking up!

Extended MSW Student

Elizabeth Kenney
Brooklyn, NY


Extended MSW Student
California State University, Long Beach
eak496@nyu.edu


 


I'm a career changer with a 20+ years of experience as a design executive. I loved what I was doing but as a volunteer with neuro-diverse children, I realized there was another calling for me. NYU is a place where I feel at home as an older, non-traditional student with kids. It also offers a great environment for forming friendships with peers and relationships with faculty that support and challenge me in reaching personal goals. With offers from other graduate schools, I ultimately chose NYU because of the many strengths and flexibility of the program and the benefits of doing graduate work with access to the larger NYU academic community.

Dual Degree MSW/MPH

Melissa Rothman
Boxford, MA


Dual Degree MSW/MPH
Northwestern University
mrr463@nyu.edu


 


I love that the dual degree program allows me to take a wide variety of classes. The dual MSW/MPH program at NYU is an excellent fit for me. Having worked in both community health centers and social service agencies before school, I could see the need for professionals with both a macro/health systems background as well as clinical therapeutic training. My first field placement was at an agency working with young men with a history of criminal justice involvement. I had an amazing experience there and was able to see how many of my clients' individual struggles connected to larger health disparities.

Dual Degree MSW/MPH

Morghann Sims
Rochester, NY


Dual Degree MSW/MPH
Buffalo State College, SUNY
mds727@nyu.edu


 


Being at NYU as an MSW/MPH student has been a tremendous journey. The classes and the career skills I am gaining are helping to fuel my passion, while the people I interact with, help enrich my academic experience. At NYU, I do not feel like a number but a significant person that can actively contribute to society. With this in mind, I have crossed barriers and discovered new experiences I never thought imaginable. The atmosphere, opportunities for learning, and the love I have for advocacy in the health realm has empowered me, and so far, made my experience at NYU an unforgettable one.

Extended MSW Student

Kimberly Hong
Rancho Palos Verdes


Extended MSW Student
University of California, San Diego
kh2325@nyu.edu


 


What attracted me the most to NYU Silver were the amount of support given to students and the flexibility of the program. Coming from a large public undergraduate school, I have never felt so much encouraged and advocated for in a program. I especially love the flexibility of classes and specific populations you are allowed to choose, as NYU Silver is very good at allowing you to have the social work experience you want. The NYU graduate community is another big factor in why I chose to come here, as the transition from California, born-and-raised, to New York City was very difficult for me. Everyone is very warm and welcoming here!

Two Year MSW Student

Ashleigh Hertzig
Mountain Lakes, NJ


Two Year MSW Student
Arcadia University
amh930@nyu.edu



 


I chose NYU because of the clinical program. I have loved everything about my experience thus far. Each course provides new concepts and ideas that interest and intrigue me. Prior to attending NYU I expected to think of the program in only an academic lens, but since then have realized Silver is a family and am now thinking of the program and my experience of a community building opportunity (that's what social work is all about!). One piece of advice would be to take a first year field placement outside of your desired area/population. You never know what opportunities are available until you explore them.

Two Year MSW Student

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stryker
Big Timber, MT


Two Year MSW Student
Montana State University
eas858@nyu.edu

 


I chose NYU Silver because of the clinical focus of the program, with the ability to pick electives based on my interests. Moving to NYC was an enormous change for me, and the community at Silver has been very welcoming. My advice for incoming students is to trust yourself, and jump in with both feet!


32-Month Program

Chris Bowman
Bay Area, CA


32-Month Program
New York University
chris.bowman@nyu.edu



 


Silver offers a diverse range of coursework and an even broader range of field placement opportunities throughout New York City. I came to NYU for the 32-Month Program for Working Professionals, which allows for the continuation of full-time work while attending classes and field placement. The School’s explicit focus on social justice and social work practice with an emphasis on empowerment and caring human relationships provides a solid floor to begin a career in social work, a profession needed by our communities now as much as ever.

Dual Degree MSW/MPH

Becca Zukowsky
Armonk, NY


16-Month Student Accelerated
University of Maryland
rz758@nyu.edu


 


The 16-Month Accelerated Program allows me to obtain an LMSW faster than any other program I applied to in NYC. Between my professors and field placement, I feel fully supported and I am confident that I will have many resources to turn to when applying for jobs come graduation. My one piece of advice for incoming students would be to welcome the new opportunities and experiences Silver has to offer. In my time here, I have been pushed beyond my comfort zone, which has resulted in an enormous amount professional and personal growth.

Two Year MSW Student

Jermaine Salum
Porterville, CA


Two Year MSW Student
University of California, Irvine
jks471@nyu.edu


 


I decided to attend New York University for my masters in social work because I knew that I would be learning from, and working with, knowledgeable professors and a diverse group of students. The one piece of advice that I have for incoming students is to participate in class discussions so fellow classmates/professors to hear and understand your perspective. As for field placement experience, be willing to learn new ways of doing things that are familiar to you in-order to better serve your clients.

Accelerated 16-Month Student

Claire Kaiser
Stratford, CT


16-Month Accelerated
Emerson College
cck326@nyu.edu



 


I chose NYU because I wanted to learn about social work in a vibrant and diverse urban environment. I want to use my degree to bring arts programming to young people in under-served communities. I did not realize how clinical the program was going to be but I think that my clinical training is going to make me an even more empathetic and effective service provider when I graduate.

Two Year MSW Student

Kevin Chan
San Diego, CA


Two Year MSW Student
Harvard University
kevin.chan@nyu.edu



 


 

Extended MSW Student

Sharon Davis
Brooklyn, NY


Extended MSW Student
College of New Rochelle
ab6336@nyu.edu

 


Social Workers are needed worldwide, I chose NYU to be apart of the Global initiative.

Two Year MSW Student

Cynthia Magana
Los Angeles, CA


Two Year MSW Student
California State University, Long Beach
cim258@nyu.edu


 


 

Recent Alumni


Two Year MSW Student
Dana Kukin
Englewood, NJ

16-Month Accelerated, 2017
Barnard College
dk2315@nyu.edu
 
Dana works at Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) as a Psychiatric Social Worker.

Roxana currently 

Two Year MSW Student
Patrice Hawkins
Des Moines, IA

Two Year MSW Student, 2017
University of Iowa
pch300@nyu.edu

Patrice is a Program Analyst for the Youth Justice Programs at Good Shepherd Services.
Two Year MSW Student
Jessica Parker
Southampton, NY

16-Month Accelerated, 2017
Dublin City University
jp4546@nyu.edu
 
Jessica works at Mount Sinai Hospital as an Inpatient Social Worker.

Roxana currently 

Two Year MSW Student
Adriana Ruvalcaba
Los Angeles, CA

Two Year MSW Student, 2017
University of California, LA
acr536@nyu.edu

Adriana works at New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center (NYPCC) as a therapist.

Roxana currently 

Two Year MSW Student
Monique Mundle
Nottingham, England

Two Year MSW Student, 2017
The University of Nottingham
mrm675@nyu.edu

Monique is a Behavioral Health Clinician with the Mental Health Service Corp

Roxana currently 

Two Year MSW Student
Sara Van Eerde
North Haledon, NJ

Two Year MSW Student, 2017
Muhlenberg College
sve225@nyu.edu
 
Sara is currently working at Global Kids as a Senior Trainer.

Roxana currently 

Two Year MSW Student
Yuan Zhang
Guangzhou, China

Two Year MSW Student, 2017
Jilin University
yz2066@nyu.edu
 
Yuan works as a Research Assistant Dr Eva Lu at NYU Silver School of Social Work.

Roxana currently 

Two Year MSW Student
Jasmine Braithwaite
Kenosha, WI

Two Year MSW Student, 2017
University of WI - Madison
jb5542@nyu.edu
 
Jasmine is currently working at HELP USA as a Social Worker.
Two Year MSW Student
Sunni Jones-Ford
Denver, CO

Two Year MSW Student, 2016
Dillard University
sjf349@nyu.edu
 
Sunni works at Mount Sinai Hospital as an Inpatient Surgery Social Worker.

Roxana currently 

Two Year MSW Student
Roxana Mendez-Rojas
Bronx, NY

Two Year MSW Student, 2016
University at Albany, SUNY
rmr465@nyu.edu
 
Roxana is a Clinical Forensic Specialist at Safe Horizon's Bronx Child Advocacy Center.

Roxana currentl

Two Year MSW Student
Monique Evans
Bronx, NY

Two Year MSW Student, 2016
Hunter College, CUNY
mbe246@nyu.edu
 
Monique is currently working at Ackerman Institute as a Family Therapy Trainee.
Two Year MSW Student
Samantha Schaefer
Concord, CA

Two Year MSW Student, 2016
University of California, LA
sschaefer@nyu.edu
 
 
 
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Two Year MSW Student
Arya Patole
Los Angeles, CA

Two Year MSW Student, 2016
UC Riverside
abp378@nyu.edu
 
Arya is currently working a Mount Sinai Hospital as a Social Worker.

Roxana currently 

Two Year MSW Student
Kristin Wiegand
Chester, NJ

Two Year MSW Student, 2016
Syracuse University
kw1635@nyu.edu
 
Kristin is currently working at Jersey Battered Women's Service as a Client Advocate.

Roxana currently 

Extended MSW Student
 
Alexis Bleich
Manhasset, NY

Extended MSW Student, 2016
Stanford University
akb443@nyu.edu
 
Alexis works at The Gateway School as a Lower School Social Development Social Worker.
Two Year MSW Student
 
Tania Vargas
Tallahassee, FL

Two Year MSW Student, 2016
Florida State University
tv506@nyu.edu
 
Tania is currently working at New Alternatives for Children, Inc. as a Bilingual Home Finding Social Worker.
16-Month Accelerated


Ruth Karasik

New York, NY


16-Month Accelerated, 2016
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
rk1502@nyu.edu
 
Ruth is a Social Worker at Mount Sinai Hospital and an editorial assistant for the Clinical Social Work Journal.
Two Year MSW Student

Tina Tomomi Tsai
Los Angeles, CA

Two Year MSW Student, 2015
University of California, Irvine
ttt273@nyu.edu
 
Tina is currently working at AHMC Healthcare as Clinical Project Coordinator.

Roxana currently 

Advanced Standing MSW Student
 


Kate Thomas
Whippany, NJ

Advanced Standing MSW Student, 2016
Rutgers University
kat441@nyu.edu
 

Contact Us

Admissions Recruitment Specialist


Ikechi Nwankwo, LMSW
Admissions Recruitment Specialist
1 Washington Square North, Room 102
New York, NY 10003
Email: silver.champions@nyu.edu
Phone: 212-998-5910

 

connect with a champion

If you are interested in getting in touch with one of our Silver Champions, please email our Program Coordinator and provide general information about yourself or complete our matching tool by clicking here.