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Champions/Ambassadors

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, globally, and to America have cemented 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
das648@nyu.edu




I chose to attend NYU Silver because of its diverse connections throughout NY State, and clinical focus. I knew I would be among peers who would challenge my thinking, yet value what I bring to academic 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 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 because of its excellent reputation for clinical study. The professors are bright and they bring their clinical experience to 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 for the last minute, otherwise you will get 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.

 
 
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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 (Kim) 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



 


I was drawn to NYU by its clinical reputation as well as the diverse social work experiences that are possible in New York City. I am particularly grateful for the connections I have made with fellow students who inspire me in their commitment to social justice. I would encourage all incoming students to get involved in student groups and other school organizations. In such groups, I have found venues to act on social issues, explore my identities, and receive the support needed to get me through those difficult times we all face in this work.

Two Year MSW Student

Karen Garrido
Bronx, NY


Two Year MSW Student
University of Connecticut
kag582@nyu.edu


 


Social Work is powerful to me because it provides a platform where l can incorporate my organizing and activist skills to support and protect my communities in the struggle. My black, brown and indigenous people in the struggle continue to suffer and we must fight back, that is what I do. It is not simply a passion for me, it is a lifestyle l am proudly a part of. A true revolutionary will operate through these lens and fight through this system to make Social Justice/Work happen everywhere. All Power To The People <3

Two Year MSW Student

Cynthia Magana
Los Angeles, CA


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


 


Cynthia, a Los Angeles, California native, has a background as academic adviser for first generation college students, qualitative researcher for sexual assault survivors, and mental health care professional for youth in foster care and adoptions systems. Cynthia chose to attend New York University to experience NYU Silver’s enriched perspective on social work education. In her first year, Cynthia interned at MFY Legal Services where she advocated for New Yorkers to receive equitable representation on their court cases. This year, Cynthia is a primary care social worker at Mount Sinai and continues support women’s empowerment and wellness.

32-Month Student

Mavis Smith
New York, NY


32-Month Student
SUNY, Old Westbury
mys265@nyu.edu



 


NYU Silver has enabled me to grow professionally, and personally. I have written papers that have challenged me to self-reflect, to understand myself. This self-exploration has been paramount in my understanding of 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 chose NYU to be a part of the Global initiative.

Two Year MSW Student

Aretha Clark
Pine Bluff, Arkansas


Two Year MSW Student
Metropolitan College of New York
agc435@nyu.edu


 


I chose NYU Silver because of the classroom size. I wanted to connect with other students the same way that I did at my undergraduate institution, where I felt as if I belonged, and was not treated like a number. What I wish I knew before I started is the supportive nature of the NYU. My advice for field placement is to make sure that you are receiving excellent supervision.

Two Year MSW Student

Danielle Whistler
Laguna Niguel, CA


Two Year MSW Student
California State University, Fullerton
dw2252@nyu.edu


 


I chose NYU Silver School of Social Work because I knew it would be the best program to fulfill my goal of developing a theoretical foundation paired with intensive clinical work training. Also, the NYU Silver School building is this historical 19th-century townhouse located right outside Washington Square Park that provides an environment that makes you eager to learn the second you walk through the doors! My advice to incoming students is to build relationships with everyone around you since your peers and professors can serve as a community of inspiration and support.

Two Year MSW Student

Anna Nathanson
Teaneck, NJ


Two Year MSW Student
McGill University
anathanson@nyu.edu


 



Prior to starting at Silver, I worked as a case manager at HomeBase, a New York City eviction-prevention program, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon. I chose NYU for its New York City location, its reputation for excellent clinical education, and because I was invited to be a Peace Corps Coverdell fellow. My first year placement is in an international high school and my interests include immigration, adult mental health, and post-traumatic growth. At NYU, I also work in a lab that researches sexual violence and public health and I am a Know Your Rights student facilitator

32-Month Student

Asia Marchaman
Harrisburg, PA


32-Month Student
West Chester University
jam39@nyu.edu



 


As a student at NYU Silver, I am able to learn alongside individuals that are truly dedicated to social justice and empowering the disenfranchised. The school is filled with professors that will enlighten and frustrate you (in the best way possible) by encouraging you to be a skilled advocate for social change. As a working professional, NYU Silver provides the flexibility and consideration for students that need to split their time between work and school. I encourage students to build relationships with their peers and professors during their time at the school and soak in as much learning as possible!

Two Year MSW Student

Shamire Juste
Brooklyn, NY


Two Year MSW Student
St. Joseph's College - Brooklyn
smj467@nyu.edu


 


I chose to attend NYU because of its reputation, and its clinical focus. NYU Silver has challenged me in ways that I have never been challenged, and I am grateful for that. It allows me to self-reflect and become a better social worker for the historically underserved and disenfranchised populations that I plan to serve. One piece of advice I would give to incoming students is to take advantage of everything NYU has to offer and participate in school events or programming. Sometimes that one panel can lead to an interest you never thought you had or a connection to your dream job.

16-Month Accelerated

Elaine Gottesman
Englewood, NJ


16-Month Accelerated
Barnard College
eeg267@nyu.edu


 



Elaine currently works as a Behavioral Health Care Intern at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital. She worked at University Settlement's Older Adults Program in her first year at Silver.

Two Year MSW Student

Breanna Drew
Yonkers, NY


Two Year MSW Student
Seton Hall University
bd1381@nyu.edu


 



I am a first-year graduate student and I commute from Westchester, which is an hour away, to the Washington Square Park Campus. I chose NYU Silver because of its clinical focus, and the small class sizes. The study abroad programs and electives, which are hard to choose from since they are all so interesting, also aided my decision to attend Silver. One piece of advice for incoming students would be to take advantage of all that NYU has to offer.

Two Year MSW Student

Jessica Holt
St. Croix, Virgin Islands


Two Year MSW Student
University of Maryland, College Park
jhh458@nyu.edu


 


NYU Silver and the opportunities to grow professionally and personally in such a remarkable city, captivated me. I encourage future students to jump right in and get involved by attending campus events or joining student groups. The tremendous support and inspiration I have received from fellow students has helped me to get through difficult times and to stay accountable in this work. Take advantage of the academic world and challenge yourself to think outside the box to interrupt and improve the systems and institutions in the greater NYC community.

Two Year MSW Student

Unique Starks
Queens, NY


Two Year MSW Student
Brooklyn College
ucs203@nyu.edu



 


I chose to attend NYU because of its vast network and history as a strong clinical-based program. My experience at NYU has been unique. I have gained so much knowledge and built a robust network that has and will help me through-out my social work career. I recommend incoming students to soak in every moment and NETWORK with their peers, faculty, and staff while at NYU.

Two Year MSW Student

Isabelle King
Cleveland, OH


Two Year MSW Student
St. Joseph's College - Brooklyn
iek223@nyu.edu


 


I chose NYU for several reasons: I found that the curriculum was extremely flexible-- an important component to me since I knew I wanted a taste of many different areas of social work while in school. In addition, the NYU community is tightknit and the collaboration between Silver and other graduate schools, New York City and globally, was apparent. Lastly, the students and faculty at NYU are diverse and passionate, which is very representative of the profession and ethics of social work. Overall, NYU has exceeded my expectations, which is why I could not be happier to be a Silver Champion and represent the amazing MSW program!


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