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2018 Social Justice and Diversity Grant Conference

Walking the Talk: Direct Practice Through a Social Justice Lens

Propose a Topic for the 2nd Annual Social Justice and Diversity Conference!

To All Silver Undergraduate & Graduate Students,

Silver Student Affairs is excited to announce the second annual student-to-student conference on Social Justice, Diversity, and Social Work Practice, titled "Walking the Talk: Direct Practice Through a Social Justice Lens." The conference will take place on Friday, April 13th, and attending will be free of charge to all students. With permission from your field agency supervisor, attending the conference may also count as field hours.

This conference is the only one of its kind, not just at Silver but at any NY-based school of social work: a singular opportunity to turn your ideas regarding the ways that social justice should inform direct practice into a polished, professional, and compelling presentation or poster, and share your passion with your peers.

We are looking for students who want to develop a 40-minute, multimedia, interactive presentation or create a visually-stimulating, information rich poster (the FAQ contains more information on both) on any topic of your choice that relates to the impact of social justice and/or diversity on direct practice. Topics can include anything related to the intersections of social justice and diversity and direct practice at the micro, meso or macro levels, including but not limited to the impact of race/skin color, ethnicity, citizenship, homelessness, ability, age, body size, gender, sexual identity, language, education, socioeconomic status, privilege/power/ally-ship, legal representation, segregation, or mental health. If you can make an argument for its relevance to direct practice, we'll consider it.

Only five (5) presentations and eight (8) posters will be chosen for the conference among the proposals we receive, and we will give priority to those that are most clearly explained, impact-rich and widely-applicable to participants.

Ready to apply? Click here to access the proposal form.

Want more information on presenting a topic or a poster? Click here for the conference FAQs.

The final deadline for proposal submission is Monday, December 4th at 9am.


We are so excited to hear your ideas and help make this conference happen!

Many thanks,
Jessenia Acuna, MSW '18, Social Justice & Diversity in Higher Education Intern
Mara Gottlieb, PhD, LMSW, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Courtney O'Mealley, MSW, Assistant Dean of Student & Alumni Affairs

About NYU Silver's Social Justice and Diversity Grant

NYU Silver Social Justice and Diversity Grant logo

Established in 2012, NYU Silver's Social Justice and Diversity Grant fosters student-designed programs that address a diverse set of local, national, and international social justice issues in social work.

The goals of the grant are to:

  • Support and encourage events that lead to the development of socially just communities
  • Encourage a commitment to cultural humility, social diversity, and inclusion
  • Facilitate the review of personal values and beliefs that may influence decision-making
  • Promote self awareness to eliminate biases in professional practice

For the first four years of the Social Justice and Diversity Grant, NYU Silver held a "Grant Challenge" in which students competed for funding for programs related to the goals of the grant that they designed, promoted and implemented. In the 2016-17 Academic Year, NYU Silver instead held its first-ever, student-to-student Social Justice and Diversity Grant Conference with the theme "Walking the Talk: Bringing Social Justice and Diversity to Direct Practice."

For quick facts on the evolution of the Social Justice and Diversity Grant program from a challenge to a conference, please click here.

What People are Saying about NYU Silver's First Social Justice and Diversity Grant-funded Conference:

“It was a fantastic event! I am looking forward to attending next year's conference.”

“While each presentation had a ‘clinical’ frame at times, these were largely focused on non-pathologizing/non-medicalized ways to forward justice in practice.”

“Personal stories. Inspiring stories. Unique approaches to traumatized people.”

“The cultural and experiential diversity of the presenters was great. I feel like I learned a lot and had my assumptions/opinions challenged by the presentations and by those at my table during discussions.”

“I loved that the conference was made up of presentations by students. It felt like more of a conversation rather than being taught. “

“As a first-year student, I was encouraged deeply by seeing these six students standing on the stage provided by my own school. This is a good demonstration and practice opportunity for MSW students.”

“I love the fact that the sessions were led by my fellow students. It really gave an approachability to the material and made me more excited about the ways that my generation is contributing to this cause.”  

2017 Social Justice and Diversity Grant Conference Selection Committee

We would like to thank the members of last spring's Social Justice and Diversity Grant Conference Selection Committee for the time and expertise they devoted to choosing among the many excellent program submissions:

2017 Conference Presenters