Maria Militano, MSW ’15, serves as the vice-president of the Graduate Student Association (GSA). Maria interned at an outpatient clinic for her first year, providing psychotherapy to a diverse population of recent immigrants. Last summer, she took a class on international poverty and food insecurity through Wagner’s school of Public Service and then remained in Ghana to travel, and met with members of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research to help develop their study abroad program. Currently, she is interning at the Unitarian Universalist, United Nations office, where she is the point person for Every Child Is Our Child. This program, in partnership with the Queen Mothers Association in Eastern Ghana, works to send children who have been orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS to school. Maria has a passion for global social work, both domestically and abroad. She is involved in the creative programming for her internship’s upcoming spring seminar on indigenous rights around the globe. She is a co-leader of the Student Collective for Global Social Work, which received a grant to host a conference on promoting human rights in conflict zones.
Brenda Punsky, MSW ‘14, is graduating from the intensive 16-month program at NYU Silver School of Social Work. A native of Mexico City, Brenda’s tremendous life-long passion for alleviating people’s suffering, for international social justice, and for learning, are reflected on her many academic achievements and vast professional experience. Brenda holds law degrees from both NYU School of Law and Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico), a mediation certificate from the New York Peace Institute, and has studied in Holland, Argentina and Washington D.C. Before joining the MSW program Brenda spent nine years trying to help people in need, doing global human rights and social justice work at agencies such as the Human Rights Commission for Mexico City, the Organization of American States (in D.C.), the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the International Center for Transitional Justice (both in NY). As an MSW student Brenda interned at Roberto Clemente Center and at Jewish Board of Family and Children Services, where she enjoyed providing therapy in both English and Spanish.