NYU Silver marked the start of the 2018-19 academic year with a new program of activity to engage students in the Grand Challenges for Social Work, a nationwide initiative harnessing social work’s science and knowledge base to forge real progress on 12 of the country’s toughest social problems.
As part of orientation for nearly 600 incoming students, the School held a panel discussion on the Grand Challenges featuring NYU Silver faculty members who are national leaders on the initiative. A closed captioned video of the discussion, which was streamed in real time for returning students and other interested parties, may be viewed below.
The School also announced the #NYUSilverUp4theChallenge Student Competition. Officially launched in fall 2018 and concluded in spring 2019, the student-led competition was designed to inspire students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to propose concepts or projects that utilize the core Social Work values to address the pressing social issues included in the Grand Challenges. Finalists worked with members of the faculty to support their progress and received a monetary award. At the competition finals on April 2, 2019, Anna Nathanson, MSW '19, was designated as the inaugural NYU Silver Grand Challenges Scholar for her concept that addressed the Grand Challenge "End Homelessness" with a focus on how New York City can and must take an anti-racist stance in its efforts towards homelessness prevention. More information about the competion are available on the Grand Challenges Student Competition page.