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2016 Alumni Awards

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Outstanding Recent Alumni Award

Tamara Harris Robinson

Tamara Harris Robinson, MSW ’12

Tamara Harris Robinson is a pioneer in the field of divorce coaching, advising clients in the US and internationally on strategies to become better champions for themselves and their children. She serves her clients with a unique blend of skills and competencies in business, finance, coaching, and social work, and draws on the experience of successfully navigating her own complex protracted divorce. She is currently an adjunct lecturer at NYU Silver and has taught at the Montclair State University Center for Child Advocacy.

Prior to establishing her firm, Ms. Harris Robinson had a successful career in international finance in the Hong Kong offices of Citigroup and Deutsche Bank, and at the Prudential Asset Management Group in the US. She received her BA in Economics and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. She also earned dual master’s degrees from NYU Silver and NYU Wagner School of Public Policy.

An art collector and philanthropist, Ms. Harris Robinson serves on the board of The Second Stage Theatre. She is also a member of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Global Council, the Apollo Theater’s Women’s Committee, and the Davis Museum at Wellesley College’s Director’s Council.

Ms. Harris Robinson has served on the boards of educational organizations assisting low-income and minority students, including the United Negro College Fund (vice-chair and head of the development and investment committees) and the New Jersey Advocates for Education (co-founder and former president), where she raised more than $1 million to fund merit- and need-based collegiate scholarships for promising students. She has served on the advisory board of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties in NJ.

Ms. Harris Robinson splits her time between residences in New York and Miami.


Making A Difference Award

Jacob Toll

Jacob Toll, MSW ’08

Jacob Toll earned his MSW at the Silver School before becoming a real estate developer in Brooklyn. With his four siblings, he is a co-founder of the Five Together Foundation (5TF), which is based on the shared values of justice, equal opportunity, and compassion.

Since 2007, Mr. Toll has been deeply involved with the organization Seeds of Peace, which inspires and cultivates new generations of global leaders in communities divided by conflict. From working as a counselor at the Seeds of Peace Camp to spearheading the organization’s Peace Market and Stand Up for Peace events, serving on the Alumni and Young Professionals Committee of its Global Leadership Council, and promoting its Expanded U.S. Program, which aims to tackle issues of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia, he has played many roles to advance the organization’s mission.

Mr. Toll is also engaged with NYU’s Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership, a pioneering initiative devoted to educating and inspiring religious and spiritual leaders to utilize multifaith dialogue and service as a force for positive social change. He has worked with Of Many on initiatives combating the new rise in Islamophobia in local neighborhoods and spoken at classes taught by Imam Khalid Latif and Rabbi Yehuda Sarna. Through 5TF, he has provided grant funding for Of Many’s Alternative Break program, through which Muslim and Jewish students travel to underserved areas of the country hit by storms, floods, and other natural disasters and partner with local organizations for a week of relationship-building, learning, and service.

These are just two of the many organizations Mr. Toll supports directly and through 5TF. As a result of his efforts, he is creating lasting change in the areas of youth empowerment, education, economic equality and social justice.


Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Pamela B. Brewer

Dr. Pamela B. Brewer, MSW ’84

Pamela B. Brewer graduated from NYU Silver with the honor of being the first African American and first social work student in the history of NYU selected to deliver the student address at the University-wide graduation ceremony. She went on to receive her PhD in social psychology from what is now Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

A psychotherapist in a private practice in Bethesda, MD, Dr. Brewer works with adult individuals and couples on a range of issues including trauma, depression, and relationships. She has served on the Legislative Subcommittee of the Montgomery County Victims Services Advisory Committee in Rockville, MD, and the Davis Memorial Goodwill Industries Board of Directors in Washington, DC. Her faculty appointments have included University of Maryland School of Social Work and George Mason University Department of Social Work. She has presented numerous workshops on topics including healthy relationships, living well together, personal red flags, and anger management.

Dr. Brewer’s passion for spreading information and hope, and broadening awareness and perspectives about mental wellness and mental illness, has been manifested through media appearances in New York City, Washington, DC, and beyond. For 21 years, she has been the executive producer and host of "MyNDTALK with Dr. Pamela Brewer," which is now a daily relationship health and mental health radio program available to the national Pacifica Radio Network and via podcast at www.myndtalk.org.

In 2014, Dr. Brewer established MyNDTALK as a non-profit entity and made the program available online to several venues, as well as www.myndtalk.org and via the MyNDTALK app (free on iTunes). Listeners have repeatedly said that MyNDTALK has given them new ways to think about their lives — a new energy to be the best they can be for themselves and others, and a reminder that they are not alone, in their joys, struggles, questions, and more.

Denise Rosario

Denise Rosario, BS ’80, MSW ’81

Denise Rosario is the founding executive director of the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services, a community-based organization serving over 7,000 Latino and African American children and families annually in North Brooklyn and Queens. She has over 30 years of experience in mental health and child welfare services to children and families in urban communities of color. She has served as a consultant to non-profit organizations in the development of needs assessments, supervision, training, cultural competence and program development.

Ms. Rosario has served as a member of various boards and advisory committees for agencies and organizations including the NYC Administration for Children’s Services, the Bushwick Agenda for Children Tomorrow, the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health.

Ms. Rosario is a recipient of numerous awards including the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Award, the New York Women’s Foundation Neighborhood Women Leadership Award, and the NASW-NYC Chapter Top Leader Award.

Born and raised in El Barrio (East Harlem), New York, Ms. Rosario is proud to be a graduate of the NYC public school system. She received her Bachelor of Science in 1980 and her Master of Social Work in 1981 from NYU Silver. She is the proud mother of two sons, Daniel and Darian and two stepsons, Nicolas and Andres.

About the Awards

Outstanding Recent Alumni Award

Nominees for the Outstanding Recent Alumna/us Award exhibit a strong commitment to social change; leadership in an agency or a community; creativity in non-traditional or innovative approaches to practice; contributions to the field through research and publications; an effective advocate for the social work profession; and/or involvement in professional, civic, or community organizations.

Nominees must have earned an undergraduate, masters, or doctoral degree from the NYU Silver School of Social Work within the past five years.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Nominees for the Distinguished Alumna/us Award demonstrate extraordinary professional success and achievement over the span of his/her career in social work. Achievements may include exemplary leadership in an agency or a community; contributions to the field through research and publications; an effective advocate for the social work profession; and/or involvement in professional, civic, or community organizations.

Nominees must have earned an undergraduate, masters, or doctoral degree from the NYU Silver School of Social Work.

Making a Difference Award

The Making A Difference Award recipient embodies the elements of visionary leadership, unwavering commitment, and meaningful, continued support of social work education at NYU Silver.

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