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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

Two Year MSW Student

Samantha Schaefer
Concord, CA


 

 

 

 

 

 

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


Learning about and practicing social work in NYC and at Silver has been a transformative experience. My experience at NYU has been well-rounded with the program’s clinical focus paired with macro-level and global learning. The best part of Silver, by far, are the supportive, caring and passionate students. A cross-country move from California was huge for me, but when I was applying to programs my gut said NYU.


 
 
 
 
Champions Profile for Silver Website (Responses)
 
 
 
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Two Year MSW Student

Roxana Mendez-Rojas
Bronx, NY


 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Year MSW Student
University at Albany, SUNY
rmr465@nyu.edu


NYU Silver was an instantaneous decision for me, I decided to take a non-matriculated semester to check it out and a semester later here I am starting the two year program! The NYU Silver community is downright amazing from the teachers to the students and the admissions staff. I am aiming to become a psychotherapist, I am not sure who my target population will turn out to be but I am interested in international social work as I was raised outside of the United States.

 


Advanced Standing MSW Student

Kate Thomas
Whippany, NJ


 

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Standing MSW Student
Rutgers University
kat441@nyu.edu


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.


Two Year MSW Student

Tania Vargas
Tallahassee, Florida


 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Year MSW Student
Florida State University
tv506@nyu.edu


This program will change your perspective about how you view yourself and how you view the world.


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.


Extended MSW Student

Alexis Bleich
Manhasset, NY


 

 

 

 

 

 

Extended MSW Student
Stanford University
akb443@nyu.edu


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


Extended MSW Student

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.


Dual Degree MSW/MPH

Morghann Sims
Rochester, NY


 

 

 

 

 

 

Dual Degree MSW/MPH
State University of New York, Buffalo State
mds727@nyu.edu


 


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.


16-Month Accelerated

Ruth Karasik
New York , NY


 

 

 

 

 

 

16-Month Accelerated
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
rk1502@nyu.edu


I chose NYU for many reasons; its clinical reputation, its prestige/name and because my friends who went here had a great experience! This advice was given to me before I started and I have held onto it since; before you start school pick one thing that you love to do, that is part of your self care (i.e. reading books NOT for school, going to the gym, dancing, etc) and make sure you do it NO matter what. Schedule it in your calendar like you would classes, field, or work. Ask for help when you need it, make friends, relax, enjoy, do the reading that interests you and be open! Its a great adventure and experience and as champions we are here for you throughtout! Enjoy further NYUers!!!


 
 
 
 
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Two Year MSW Student

Kristin Wiegland
Chester, NJ


 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Year MSW Student
Syracuse University, Psychology
kw1635@nyu.edu


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!

 


Two Year MSW Student

Chanelle Spencer
Brooklyn, NY


 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Year MSW Student
Hunter College, Psychology & Public Policy
cs4152@nyu.edu


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.


Alumni

Two Year MSW Student

Anahi Galante
Jersey City, NJ


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSW 2015
atg240@nyu.edu


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.

ASOS

Kalisha Carrington
Brooklyn, NY


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSW 2015
kc2607@nyu.edu


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
mcd371@nyu.edu


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

Admissions Recruitment Specialist


Ikechi Nwankwo, MSW, 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.