NYU Silver School of Social Work is excited to share updates on #NYUSilverUp4TheChallenge, a student competition grounded in the principles of the Grand Challenges for Social Work. After launching at Orientation in August, the competition received an enthusiastic response from students, who also attended the info sessions and brainstormed on concepts during the fall. A total of 14 concepts were received, and reflect the unique and powerful ways that social workers are positioned to address these challenges. Topics range from the development of non-profit and programming seeking to eradicate social isolation, to examining food insecurity and instability in a changing environment. Concepts came from students in NYU Silver’s MSW, BS, and DSW programs across Washington Square, Westchester, and Rockland Campuses. Of the 14 submissions, 6 finalists have been selected to present their concepts at a culminating event on March 5, 2019. After the finalists’ presentations, the grand winner will be named a GCSW Scholar and will receive a monetary award.
The 12 Grand Challenges are focused on improving the well-being of individuals and families and are designed to strengthen the social fabric, in order to create a more just society. With our education, training, and commitment to the ethics, values and principles established by the profession, social workers are on the front-lines of this dynamic social agenda. This unique opportunity allows participants to explore the Grand Challenges and their connection to social work values, while exercising creative and effective means for dealing with social problems.