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Councils & Activities

The NYU Silver School of Social Work student body is active in leadership, advocacy, and community engagement through a wide range of student groups and councils.

Take a look at the mission statements of our current student groups below. You can reach the leadership of any group through the email address listed with the group's description.

Student Councils

Doctoral Student Association

The Doctoral Student Association is an advocacy group for PhD students at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. We are concerned with the overall well-being of SSSW doctoral students and with their participation in the social, academic and professional life of the school. We function as a unifying body for all SSSW doctoral cohorts. We also collaborate with doctoral students from other academic departments, within and outside of NYU, especially with PhD students at other schools of social work in the region. Towards the accomplishment of these goals, the DSA serves as a liaison among SSSW faculty, university administrators and students.

  • Email: ssw.dsa@nyu.edu

Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is an elected student organization that acts as a liaison between the students and the administration and faculty of the Silver School of Social Work. The GSA also plans several events for the student body throughout the academic year. GSA invites graduate students to bring feedback about the program, suggest events and come to them for direction and assistance. The GSA also plans several events for the student body throughout the academic year, such as student-to-student forums, student faculty meets, informal networking events for social work students, mentoring programs, coffee workshops, end-of-semester celebrations, career panels, and a graduation party.

  • Email: ssw.gsa@nyu.edu

Undergraduate Student Government Association

The USGA provides a forum for student participation in the educational program and offers a channel of communication between students, faculty, and administration. The USGA sponsors social activities, social work forums, and special events for undergraduates.

  • Email: ssw.usga@nyu.edu

Current Student Groups

Animal Assisted Therapy in Social Work

The Animal Assisted Therapy in Social Work group provides a forum for students to discuss and explore the variety of animal assisted interventions in the context of social work - from clinical applications and programs, to evidence based research in the field. Activities will include guest speakers from programs currently incorporating animal assisted therapy (AAT), to peer led discussions of current research regarding efficacy of AAT. In addition, we will hold monthly meetings to facilitate networking and information sharing to raise awareness of local and national lectures, events, and conferences, as well as volunteer opportunities. The group is open to all students.

  • Email: ssw.aatsw@nyu.edu

Chinese Student Support Group

The Chinese Student Support group is an organization created to help international Chinese students with the transition to NYU and the U.S through community and multicultural exploration. The CSSG holds weekly or bi-weekly support group meet ups for its members and they invite you to inquire for more information.

  • Email: ssw.chinesesupportgroup@nyu.edu

Gerontology Student Collective

The GSC is dedicated to promoting awareness of the increasing need for social workers in the field of gerontology and advocating for better preparation of students to meet the demographic realities of our aging society. The GSC seeks to accomplish this mission by: encouraging the infusion of aging content and social work competencies in aging in the core curriculum, advocating for opportunities to specialize in gerontology, supporting the recruitment and retention of faculty experts in aging, developing and maintaining geriatric field learning placements, and advocating for financial incentives and scholarships for students to concentrate in aging.

Latino Social Work Student Organization

The Latino Social Work Student Organization provides support and guidance to Latino students attending NYU Silver School of Social Work. The Latino Social Work Student Organization helps students deepen their understanding of health and social welfare issues facing the Latino community within NYC, broader United States and globally. Our focus is to provide students and the NYU Silver School of Social Work community with greater opportunities to increase cultural competency and effectiveness in providing services to this diverse and multifaceted community.

NextSteppers

The Next Steppers - Silver Non-Traditional Students Association is an organization that supports the needs of students who are changing careers and/or returning to school after several years. Activities will include social events as well as monthly group discussions about topics of interest such as: financial aid, new technologies, using what you've learned at work to succeed as a student, how your current skill set translates to social work, balancing family and schoolwork, and much more. In addition, we will pool our unique skills and talents in service to all our fellow students as well as the wider community through volunteer activities and workshops. All students are welcome to join.

  • Email: ssw.ntsa@nyu.edu

Phi Alpha National Honor Society - Pi Pi Chapter

Phi Alpha National Honor Society est. 1964 recognizes students in social work for their achievements in academia. The Pi Pi chapter at NYU est. 2009 invites into membership those students who demonstrate academic excellence, as well as those who are committed to providing community service throughout the year. All applicants must complete 9 units in social work courses at the time of application. Graduate students are required to possess a 3.9 GPA, while undergraduate students must possess a 3.5 cumulative and a GPA of 3.75 in all social work courses.

Pride in Practice

Pride and Practice is the student group for bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender students in the Silver School of Social Work at NYU. Pride and Practice works to provide emotional support in a safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons at the Silver School of Social Work regardless of race, ethnicity, or political viewpoint. Pride and Practice is also committed to educating both the Silver School of Social Work community and the community at large about the issues that are important to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

  • Email: ssw.prideinpractice@nyu.edu

Social Workers on Public Policy

Social Workers on Public Policy (SWOPP) works to empower and educate social workers on issues within local, state, and federal government as it relates to the NASW Code of Ethics. SWOPP works to engage social workers and disadvantaged communities through educational events and community activism that reflects issues of the current political climate. SWOPP offers discussion groups, lectures, distributes literature on voter registration and promotes empowerment through political action and awareness.

  • Email: ssw.swopp@nyu.edu

Student Collective for Global Social Work

The NYU Student Collective for Global Social Work (SCGSW) is committed to working with vulnerable populations to address issues affecting the health, well-being and human rights of our global community.

Group Objectives:

  • Generate dialogue about the international roles of social work in clinical, policy, and advocacy capacities
  • Advocate for ethical and culturally-competent practices and policies worldwide
  • Share information about events, conferences and workshops as well as volunteer and job opportunities that pertain to human rights and international social welfare
  • Expand students' knowledge of the various career paths in international social work by bringing professionals from the field.
  • Work in collaboration with faculty in advancing their agenda of an international social work focus
  • Serve as a voice in the community in establishing a social worker's perspective in human rights and social justice issues on an international level

 

  • Email: ssw.scgsw@nyu.edu

Students of Color Collective

The Students of Color Collective (SOCC) works to provide a safe space for self-identified students of color at the Silver School to come together for peer support. SOCC also works with the larger School to create programming and educational opportunities related to racial diversity issues.

 

Inactive Student Groups

If you would like to take on the leadership of one of these groups, please reach out to ssw.studentaffairs@nyu.edu. We'll help get you and the group going.

Silver Atheists, Agnostics, and Secular Humanists

Silver Atheists, Agnostics, and Secular Humanists (SAASH) was organized to create a safe and engaging space for students at the Silver School of Social Work who identify as atheist, agnostic, and/or Secular Humanist. SAASH seeks to develop an atmosphere of mutual aid and support among members and, at the same time, promote discussion on how our professional values as social workers are often connected to our positive moral and ethical values as non-theists and humanists. SAASH is also committed to exploring the ways in which the social, political, and historical foundations of the social work profession were, in many ways, influenced by humanist and non-theistic thinking, and how modern practitioners can revisit and reclaim the secular legacy of social work. Finally, SAASH wishes to promote dialogue between social work students and practitioners who identify as atheist, agnostic, and/or Secular Humanist, those who identify as religious or theist, and those who aren’t sure where they stand, in hopes of enriching the intellectual and academic environment here at Silver.

U+ME

Unity through Multicultural Education (U+ME) is a student group which seeks to educate, question, and challenge each other on topics surrounding diversity and social justice as they relate to the Silver School of Social Work and the social work field at large. U+ME offers critical discussions groups, workshops, movie nights, and other events at the Silver School of Social Work.

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Create a New Student Group

If you want to get involved and cannot find a group that matches your interest, start your own! Contact ssw.studentaffairs@nyu.edu and visit the Student Group Recognition Page for more information.

Resources for Current Group Leaders

 

» NYU Silver Student Group Handbook

» NYU Student Group Recognition