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Champions/Ambassadors

Who We Are

The Silver School of Social Work at New York University, in an effort to create a 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.'

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 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

16-Month Accelarated

Dana Kukin
Englewood, NJ





 



 

16-Month Accelerated
Barnard College
dk2315@nyu.edu


I am currently five months in to the fast-paced 16 Month Accelerated Program and I have loved every minute. The classes, professors, and conversations with peers have been impressive, intellectual, thoughtful and life-changing. My first year placement is at the Montefiore School Health Program where I provide individual, group, and family therapy to students in grades K-5, as well as their parents, at P.S. 8 in the Bronx. I have gained more experience in my first few months than I could have ever imagined. NYU Silver School of Social Work is fantastic and I feel so lucky to be here!
 


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!


Two Year MSW Student

Michael Manacop
Redding, CA


 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Year MSW Student
San Diego State University
michael.manacop@nyu.edu


I chose to attend NYU Silver because I was very interested in the research opportunities through McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, where I had the opportunity to have my first year field placement. Although the program is known for clinical practice, there are also opportunities to learn about macro social work. Moving across the country from California has been quite the experience, and I am always happy to help incoming students who have questions or concerns in regards to that.




Dual Degree MSW/MPH

Patrice Hawkins
Des Moines, IA


 

 

 

 

 

 

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


I came to NYU Silver because I knew I would have the opportunity to be connected to a cause greater than myself or anything I had imagined before. Connected to driven and passionate classmates who make me think, connected to a thriving and challenging city, and a part of an institution where research, practice, social justice, and intellect collide. I have learned so much about New York and the diversity within the social work profession by attending those events that take place beyond the classroom, and even in other schools at NYU. If you can, go to a seminar, attend a lecture series hosted by the school, McSilver, and check your email!


Dual Degree MSW/MPH

Sara Van Eerde
North Haledon, NJ


 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Year MSW Student
Muhlenberg College
sve225@nyu.edu


I chose to attend NYU Silver because it has an unparalleled connection to global opportunities. The intelligence of the faculty and the determination of my fellow students makes for an incredible energy to be surrounded with as I continue to work through the existential crisis of what to do with my life. I truly feel as if the world is at my feet by attending NYU Silver.


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.


Two Year MSW Student

Adriana Ruvalcaba
Los Angeles, CA


 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Year MSW Student
University of California, Los Angeles
acr536@nyu.edu


Campus location, program flexibility and clinical focus.


Two Year MSW Student

Yuan Zhang
Guangzhou, China


 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Year MSW Student
Jilin University
yz2066@nyu.edu


I chose NYU Silver because I thought that diversity of New York and global learning would enable me to engage in different cultures as part of my MSW education. I love this program!


 
 
 
 
Champions Profile for Silver Website (Responses)
 
 
 
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Extended MSW Student

Sharon Davis
Brooklyn, NY


 

 

 

 

 

 

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


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



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.


Two Year MSW Student

Yizhao Sheng
Wuhu, Anhui, CN


 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Year MSW Student
Anhui Normal University
ys2476@nyu.edu


For me, the first year at NYU was unforgettable. I have gained multiple clinical experiences, made amazing friends, and met amazing professors, who given me lots of support and are my strong allies. I am glad that I can have the opportunity study social work at the Silver School. In the next year, I will be in the Focused Learning Opportunity (FLO), focusing on substance abuse. I plan to gain more experiences and learn to how to be a better social worker.


16-Month Accelerated

Jessica Parker
Southampton, NY


 

 

 

 

 

 

16-Month Accelerated
Dublin City University
jp4546@nyu.edu


My time, so far, as a 16 Month student at Silver has been a well-rounded and amazing experience. While I chose Silver for the clinical focus, I have also thoroughly enjoyed learning about research and policy, both of which are so integral to Social Work. Above all, the people at Silver make the program what it is. The professors and staff are knowledgeable and open minded, while my classmates have supported me, helped me grow, and provided a safe place to share. The environment at Silver, to me, has been the most important part of my education.


Recent Alumni

Two Year MSW Student
Roxana Mendez-Rojas
Bronx, NY

Two Year MSW Student, 2016

University at Albany, SUNY
rmr465@nyu.edu


Roxana is currently working at Safe Horizon's Bronx Child Advocacy Center as Clinical Forensic Specialist.



Roxana currently 

Advanced Standing MSW Student



Kate Thomas
Whippany, NJ


Advanced Standing MSW Student, 2016

Rutgers University
kat441@nyu.edu


Kate is currently working with the NYC United Teachers Federation's Community Learning Schools Initiative as a Community School Director.


Two Year MSW Student
Samantha Schaefer
Concord, CA

Two Year MSW Student, 2016

University of California Los Angeles
sschaefer@nyu.edu


Samantha is currently working at Mentis: Napa’s Center for Mental Health Services as a Mental Health Worker.


 
 
 
 
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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
Sunni Jones-Ford
Denver, CO

Two Year MSW Student, 2016

Dillard University
sjf349@nyu.edu


Sunni is currently working at Mount Sinai Hospital as an Inpatient Surgery Social Worker



Roxana currently 

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.


Extended MSW Student

Alexis Bleich
Manhasset, NY


Extended MSW Student, 2016

Stanford University
akb443@nyu.edu


Alexis currently works at The Gateway School as a Lower School Social Development Social Worker.


16-Month Accelerated

Ruth Karasik
New York, NY


16-Month Accelerated, 2016

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
rk1502@nyu.edu


Ruth is currently working at Mount Sinai Hospital as a Social Worker. She is also an editorial assistant for the Clinical Social Work Journal.


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 

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 

Two Year MSW Student
Arya Patole
Los Angeles, CA

Two Year MSW Student, 2016

University of California, Riverside
abp378@nyu.edu


 



Roxana currently 

Contact Us

Admissions Recruitment Specialist


Ikechi Nwankwo, LMSW, CASAC-T
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 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.