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Who We Are

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

The Champions were established to provide the Silver School of Social Work at NYU with a group of volunteer students who have the necessary skills to help new and prospective students throughout their application process and serve as mentors.

How to become a champion

Any MSW student is eligible to become a Social Work 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 University feel welcome, Champions develop interpersonal skills and aid prospective MSW students. Please contact our program cordinator to receive more information.

Activities May Include

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

Current MSW students

Two Year MSW Student

Kate Thomas
Whippany, NJ







Two Year MSW Student
Rutgers University

I chose NYU Silver because I didn’t have to pick a “track” (clinical, community, policy) within the field, but I could get a taste of each area. I also knew I would still be able to engage in a Focused Learning Opportunity with adolescent behavioral health. The 1-credit electives were enticing because of the variety of classes offered in areas I already knew I liked and others I wanted to try. I also loved that the program was placing more emphasis on social justice and that students seemed passionate about both clinical work and larger social issues.

Extended MSW Student

Sharon Davis
Brooklyn, NY







Extended MSW Student
College of New Rochelle

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

Two Year MSW Student

Kristin Wiegland
Chester, NJ







Two Year MSW Student
Syracuse University, Psychology

What originally drew me in to NYU's MSW was the clinical focus. However, I am learning that there many levels of clinical practice, and I am excited to find out what they are over the next two years at the Silver School! My ultimate goal is to work at a legislative level advocating for reproductive rights and sexual health education.

Champions are here to help you in anyway during your journey so do not hesitate to connect with us!


Extended MSW Student

Melissa Rothman
Boxford, MA







Dual Degree MSW/MPH Student
Northwestern University

I love that the dual degree program allows me to take a wide variety of classes.

Two Year MSW Student

Chanelle Spencer
Brooklyn, NY







Two Year MSW Student
Hunter College, Psychology & Public Policy

I am currently placed at Brooklyn Gardens Elementary School. I joined NYU Silver mainly because of the sense of community I felt at the accepted student mixer in the Spring. Prior to that I was attracted to NYU Silver's global learning opportunity, I will definitely cease that opportunity in the future. My long term goals are to work with minority and developmentally disabled students function effectively in the school environment and in their communities, and becoming empowered to succeed in life post-graduation.

Extended MSW Student

Alexis Bleich
Manhasset, NY







Extended MSW Student
Stanford University

The path of the extended student is often full of twists & turns - embrace the unexpected!


Two Year MSW Student

Anahi Galante
Jersey City, NJ








MSW 2015

The Silver School of Social Work at NYU offered me a supportive environment and a challenging intellectual proposition. I felt warmly welcome and I spoke with several alumni and NYU champions, all of them gave me a clear picture of the depth and breadth of this learning community. Joining the NYU Champions program was a way to give back and share my enthusiasm and love for Silver with others. Joining the SLC and student groups such as Next-Steppers, PiP and LSWSO gave me an opportunity to fully connect with some of my many identities such as being an adult student, a member of the LGBT community and a Latina.


Kalisha Carrington
Brooklyn, NY








MSW 2015

When I was applying to school, I definitely utilized the NYU Champions to ask questions about the school, the style of teaching and even the application process. It was truly helpful. I joined the NYU Silver Community because from the beginning, I was supported by many NYU Silver students, staff and alumni and I wanted to be someone like that. Some of my long term goals includes becoming an LCSW and working in a hospital setting. I am currently placed at the Center for Community Alternatives, Youth Program.

Two Year MSW Student

Michael Dalisera








Two Year MSW Student
Pace University, Applied Psychology

I am interested in working with persons with acute or chronic mental illness. My first field placement was with Fort Lee public schools in New Jersey and my second is at the Rockland Psychiatric Center in Rockland County, New York. My main reason to attend the Silver School of Social Work was not only because of the clinical focus the curriculum has, but also because of the supportive student body and welcoming faculty he encountered when visiting the school.

Contact Us

Coordinator of Social Work Champions

Admissions and Enrollment Services
Ikechi Nwankwo, MSW, CASAC-T
Admissions Recruitment Specialist
1 Washington Square North, Room 102
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-998-5910


connect with a champion

If you are interested in getting in touch with one of our Social Work Champions, please email our Program Coordinator and provide general information about yourself or complete our matching tool by clicking here to find the Champion that will be the best to answer your questions.