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2010 Student Awards

Silver Spirit Award for Outstanding Social Work Students

Kathleen Crehan

Kathleen Crehan

Kathleen Crehan is a graduating senior at NYU Silver and has been involved with the School's community since coming to NYU as a freshman. Her involvement with the Silver School of Social Work, the NYU community, and New York City at large is best expressed in the words of President Barack Obama, who said, "We have a stake in one another, and that what binds us together is greater than what drives us apart, and that if enough people believe in the truth of that proposition and act on it, then we might not solve every problem, but we can get something meaningful done." Through her service as president of the Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA), the organization has worked tirelessly to have a meaningful presence in the School and the city through our involvement with organizations like the Starlight Foundation, Publicolor, and Relay for Life at NYU.

Kathleen's field placement is at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), where she works to advocate for children in the foster care system ensuring that they receive proper services and care. She is also working as the director of operations for Powerhouse (formerly Baby's First Home), a student-led not-for-profit dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness and welfare dependency for teenage mothers outside of the foster care system

Janet-Michelle Cuevas

Janet-Michelle Cuevas  

Janet-Michelle Cuevas is a graduating MSW student at NYU's Silver School of Social Work's 16-month accelerated program. Janet-Michelle feels that her MSW degree compliments her background and studies in international development and administration, women's human rights, government, non-profit administration, and client advocacy. Janet-Michelle received a BA degree in international relations from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, an MPA degree from the NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, and a JD from the City University of New York School of Law. As an attorney, Janet-Michelle represents and advises physicians, non-profit organizations, elderly, women, and low-income clients. She also serves as a guardian ad litem to the Civil Court of the City of New York and is a certified arbitrator and mediator. Janet-Michelle serves as a current board member and member of the Legislative Committee of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work. She is excited about joining a profession that is dedicated to making the world a more compassionate, humane, and just place.


Social Justice Award

Shane Crary-Ross

Shane Crary-Ross

Shane Crary-Ross is a junior at the Silver School of Social Work, double-majoring in social work and economics. She is interested in how public policy can promote a just society, healthy planet, and strong economy. Shane is the NYU program coordinator of Project HEALTH, an organization that seeks to break the link between poverty and poor health, and the co-chair of RISE, a grassroots collective of NYC social workers committed to social action through political education. She also works in the NYU Sustainability Office, and does her field placement at FEGS Center for Women and Families, which provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence. In addition, Shane has contributed to the intellectual community at NYU Silver by founding a student organization called Sustainable Silver and serving as an official student blogger for the past two years. Her favorite activities are gardening and eating samosas.

Josie Harris

Josetta "Josie" Harris

Josetta "Josie" Harris is a graduating MSW student at NYU Silver. Her social work interests include clinical practice with substance abusers and contemporary issues with LGBT and transgender communities. Her drive for social justice is visible through her community organizing and service to the NYU Silver and greater New York City community. Josie has a keen ability to engage her peers by her mobilization and contributions to social justice principles. Josie was the administrative liaison and venue coordinator for RISE: Social Work in an Era of Change, a student organized social justice conference. She is also a reproductive rights leader with her organizing and advocacy work with the New York Coalition for Abortion Clinic Defense. She also serves as secretary of the NYU Silver Graduate Student Association, where she organized several educational social justice program and efforts. In addition, Josie celebrates her academic excellence as a member of the Phi Alpha National Honor Society, an academic society for social work students.


Dean's Award for Innovation in Social Work Practice

Shalyse Henderson

Shalyse Henderson  

Shalyse Henderson is a graduating senior at NYU Silver. She was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Although she began her undergraduate study at New York University in 2006, she did not transfer into the Silver School of Social Work until 2008. It was at that time that she truly began to believe she had found her niche. While she enjoys working with a variety of vulnerable populations, her passion lies in providing services and support to children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. In May of 2009, she was admitted into the Child Welfare Scholarship Program, which has given her the opportunity to spend the last two semesters interning with the Administration for Children's Services. She will be obtaining her bachelor's degree in social work in May of 2010 and as she has been admitted to the advanced standing master's program at the Silver School of Social Work. She looks forward to beginning her graduate studies in the Fall of 2010.

Amanda Raposo

Amanda Raposo

Amanda Raposo is a junior at the NYU Silver School of Social Work with two minors - one in public health and policy and the other in social entrepreneurship. As a previous intern at both Momma's House and at Housing Works, she has had extensive experience studying and working around issues involving homelessness in New York. She is employed at the Educational Alliance as a mentor for inner-city youth and as a teaching assistant for NYU's Advanced Course in Social Entrepreneurship. Amanda has been chosen to be a Youth Venture Ambassador where she serves as a spokesperson for the idea that young people can identify problems and create their own powerful and lasting solutions. Her volunteer experience with Project Health at Bellevue Hospital inspired her to found a two-year supportive housing program for homeless teenage mothers - Baby's First Home. Her lessons learned from the innovative and social entrepreneurial model at the Mah Fah Luang foundation in Thailand helped to inspire the model for Baby's First Home and bring the idea to life.

Lauren Tetenbaum

Lauren Tetenbaum

Lauren Tetenbaum is a dual-degree student at the NYU Silver School of Social Work and Cardozo School of Law. As a native New Yorker and daughter of a Cuban immigrant (and NYU SSSW alum), she has always had the desire to help the underserved. Since beginning her JD/MSW, Lauren has focused on reproductive rights and relationship abuse. She leads Cardozo's Law Students for Reproductive Justice chapter and Advocates for Battered Women club. She has interned for an employment discrimination firm, DoSomething.org, NARAL Pro-Choice NY, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, and SAFER (Students Active For Ending Rape). In 2009, she won the NASW Political Action for Candidate Election Scholarship. Throughout Lauren's yearlong field placement at the Children's Aid Society, she provided clients with therapeutic counseling, advocacy, and group and individual psycho-education. She also ran the 2009 Coalition on Working with Abusive Partners' Conference, for which she wins this Award.


Outstanding Student Program

RISE

RISE: Social Work in an Era of Change

RISE: Social Work in an Era of Change Conference is an annual interdisciplinary conference intended to empower students and recent professionals to become effective agents of social change. It focuses on creating strong coalitions, increasing interdisciplinary dialogue, and developing our skills in order to transform institutional social problems. RISE is grounded in a 21st century approach to social justice work, which focuses on the challenges of intersectionality and institutional oppression. In its inaugural year, the planning and execution of the event was supported by several NYU Silver students and student groups: Shane Crary-Ross (conference co-chair), Josetta Harris (venue coordinator), Sustainable Silver, and the Graduate Student Association. The conference consisted of 18 separate workshops, lectures, and trainings and was attended by about 150 participants.


Dianne Greenstein Memorial Fellowship

Sara Kahn

Sara Kahn 

Sara Kahn is a doctoral candidate at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. She is currently a trauma therapist and staff wellness consultant for international humanitarian organizations. She has been deployed to Liberia, Afghanistan, Jordan, Uganda, Tanzania, and Northern Iraq to provide psychological support to national and international staff in the aftermath of traumatic events. On the domestic front, Sara serves as an expert witness on behalf of asylum seekers, immigrant survivors of domestic violence, and families threatened with deportation. In the 1990's, during the conflict in the Balkans, she helped establish a local Bosnian NGO. As a consultant with Physicians for Human Rights, Sara developed community-based projects in Bosnia, Kosovo, Cyprus, and Greece during exhumations of mass graves. From 1999-2008, she directed psychosocial programs at the International Institute of New Jersey, where she helped launch their Program for Survivors of Torture. Sara has been an adjunct professor at Hunter and NYU Schools of Social Work and has served as teaching assistant to Dr. Deborah Padgett in the Global Public Health Program at NYU.


Robert Moore Award for Excellence in Scholarship

Jo Rees

Jo Rees

Jo Rees is a doctoral candidate at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. She is an independent social work consultant, researcher, and adjunct professor based in New York City. She holds a master’s in social work (eq.) from the University of Bristol (1995), and a master’s in criminal justice policy from the London School of Economics (2000) in the United Kingdom. She has a specific interest in policy-responsive social work research, through the creation (and sustaining) of academic and community-agency collaborative relationships. Her dissertation research (titled: Experiences of Trans Youth involved in Sex Work in New York City) was conducted concurrent to the development of legislation transforming the response to commercially sexually exploited youth in New York. She is currently identifying and developing a range of communication strategies to disseminate the study results to trans youth, service providers, and state and city policy-makers.

Rebecca Rivera

Rebecca Rivera

Rebecca Rivera is a doctoral candidate at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. She received her master of science in social work from Columbia University School of Social Work. She has 15 years experience practicing as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York City where she has worked in community-based outpatient mental health serving children, youth and families, juvenile justice, and higher education settings. She is currently employed as a counselor and instructor in the SEEK Department at the City University of New York (CUNY) at The City College of New York (CCNY). Her dissertation research (Title: Narratives of Relational Aggression and Violence Among Urban Adolescent Girls) was a qualitative study exploring girls' narratives of relational aggression as a precursor to violence in their peer relationships and friendships with other girls. Her research interests include qualitative methodologies, juvenile justice and gender-specific programs, and youth violence.

Previous Student Honorees

about the awards

Dean's Award for Innovation in Social Work Practice

This award honors a current student who demonstrates creativity and innovation in social work practice through a project, proposal or paper. The project, proposal or paper should include an assessment to identify change or growth potential in an agency or community and a creative plan for implementation of that improvement. To be considered for this award, projects must have been implemented or be in the process of being implemented. Students are encouraged to nominate themselves for this award by submitting a paper or written description of their own innovative service project. This award includes a $150 prize.

Students nominated for this award should be in good academic standing. Further qualifications include status as an undergraduate or a graduate student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Diane Greenstein Memorial Fellowship

Diane Greenstein Memorial Fellowship is a $5000 cash award presented to a doctoral student who has completed an exemplary dissertation proposal. The Fellowship was established in 2001 by the family, friends, and colleagues of Diane S. Greenstein, a social work PhD candidate at New York University who died in 2000 before she was able to complete the doctoral program.

Excellence in Homeless Services and Research Award

New for 2017, this award honors a current student who is devoted to advancing education and professional leadership in ending homelessness nationwide. This award is made possible by a grant from the New York Community Trust to the National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services (NCEHS) of which the Silver School is a participating partner.

Excellence in Leadership Award

The Excellence in Leadership Award honors students who have displayed outstanding leadership and whose work directly contributes to the Silver School’s academic, professional, and social community. The #SocialWorkersRock Award recognizes a group of students for their Excellence in Leadership.

Global Social Work Award

The Global Social Work Award honors current members of the student body who reflect the character, values, and ideals of the Global Network University. Awardees, whether international or domestic students, will demonstrate a commitment to sharing knowledge, information, and understanding across boarders; promoting diversity and social justice; and engaging in international scholarship and practice whether at home or abroad.

Students nominated for this award should be in good standing with the Silver School of Social Work. Further qualifications include status as an undergraduate or a graduate student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Outstanding Student Program Award

This award honors one program, event, or initiative facilitated by a student organization that promoted the mission of NYU Silver while enhancing the community and improving student life at the School. This program, event, or initiative has exemplified dedication to enhancement of student well-being by successfully carrying out its purpose.

Sponsoring organizations nominated for this award should be a registered organization with the Office of Student and Alumni Affairs.

Robert Moore Award for Excellence in Scholarship

Robert Moore Award for Excellence in Scholarship is a $1000 cash award presented to a doctoral student whose defended dissertation meets high standards of scholarship. The Award was established in 2009 in recognition of the many contributions to the PhD Program and the Silver School made by Dr. Robert Moore, a faculty member at the Silver School of Social Work who died in 2008.  

Silver Citizenship Award

The Silver Citizenship Award honors current members of the student body who demonstrate exemplary dedication to a community, professional, and/or national organization through their personal commitment of time and energy, volunteerism, and leadership. Awardees will be honored for their outstanding work on behalf of an organization or cause outside of academics or field placements.

Students nominated for this award should be in good standing with the Silver School of Social Work. Further qualifications include status as an undergraduate or a graduate student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Silver Spirit Award

The Silver Spirit Award honors current members of the student body whose involvement throughout their careers at the NYU Silver School of Social Work demonstrates exemplary pride in and dedication to the School through their personal commitment of time and energy, volunteerism, scholarship, and leadership – thus reflecting positively on fellow students and the Silver Social Work community at-large.

Students nominated for this award should be in good academic standing. Further qualifications include status as an undergraduate or a graduate student; a GPA of 3.0 or higher; leadership in co-curricular activities; and actions that embody the spirit of the Silver School as an active volunteer and leader.

Social Justice Award

The Social Justice Award recognizes the student that best exemplifies the values of the Silver School of Social Work: to advance the cause of social justice and promote the ideals of a humane society. This student has demonstrated a commitment and dedication to social justice by promoting knowledge about oppression and diversity, equality of opportunity, meaningful participation in civic life, and social change efforts.

Students nominated for this award should be in good academic standing. Further qualifications include status as an undergraduate or a graduate student; a GPA of 3.0 or higher; and actions that embody the spirit of social justice.