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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.

School Leadership Opportunities

Student Councils

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Social Workers Approaching God (formerly Student Collective for Faith-Driven Social Work Practice)

Social Workers Approaching God (SWAG) is a socially minded group of students interested in the role of faith-based social work practice. SWAG is committed to the development of well-informed social work practices that are also related to faith and/or religious needs and services, which includes vulnerable and underrepresented population and the broader community. The mission will be fulfilled through information sessions, regular 'bible study'-like meetings, peer to peer talks, and community outreach. SWAG is also affiliated with the greater graduate fellowship of NYU, Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF)

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.

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.

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.

White Students Challenging Racism (formerly Challenging White Privilege Through Action and Awareness)

White Students Challenging Racism (WSCR) provides a discussion space at Silver for students with a desire to work toward an anti-racist stance in their practice. The group embraces all levels of experience with racial awareness while fostering cultural competency. This peer-facilitated group provides clinical skill building and support for white anti-racist activism in the social work field.


Feminists of Silver

The Feminists of Silver's goals are to create a community for feminist social workers and give a voice to those social workers dedicated to helping women and female-identified individuals.

Asian Pacific Islander / American (API/A) Social Work Students for Change

This group provides a safe space for Asian Pacific Islander/American (API/A) graduate students to explore identity as developing API/A social workers and to seek support with other API/A Silver School students. Members will engage in activities that enhance their practice as social workers, network with other professionals in the field, and advocate for equitable change in underrepresented communities.


Inactive Student Groups

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.

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.

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.

Silver Society

The mission of the Silver Society is to foster our Silver community. We will focus on two things: Boosting attendance and awareness of Silver and Campus wide events. Developing and hosting events by empowering members to create their own. The focus of our events will be on self-care, connecting first and second year students, as well as easing the transition into New York City and graduate living. Our overall goal is to create a safe space where students can grow as Social Workers.  

Knock Knock Give A Sock

Knock Knock Give A Sock is college started initiative dedicated to collecting socks for those in need and getting communities to work together to help those experiencing homelessness.

This organization seeks to engage college students and have them think of creative ways to work together and meet new students on campus to collect socks for those in need.

NextSteppers Westchester

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.

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.


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.

Sexual Violence Awareness Committee

The Sexual Violence Awareness Committee is a group of students dedicated to raising awareness on campus about sexual violence. Through education, community organizing and event planning, SVAC encourages student collaboration and demonstrates a commitment to anti-violence.

Open Space Collective

We aim to create a safe space at NYU Silver to explore difference as well as commonality through examining how race, sexuality, gender, etc. manifest through different cultural lenses in order to develop and foster a greater understanding and appreciation of diversity, as well as to deepen our own individual sense and perception of self as social workers working and living in the diverse city of New York.

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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 and visit the Student Group Recognition Page for more information.

Resources for Current Group Leaders


» NYU Silver Student Group Handbook

» NYU Student Group Recognition