Undergraduate student Maria Monica Andia’s journey to social work spans 15 years and two continents. Andia, BS ’14, was born in La Paz, Bolivia, and immigrated to the United States when she was seven years old. Her family settled in a suburb just outside of Washington, DC, where Andia was confronted with the isolating effects of ethnic homogeneity.
Maria Monica Andia
Madhuri Jha, MSW/MPH ’15, graduated from George Washington University with a degree in International Affairs. Before coming to NYU Silver, she worked in Washington, DC, for Family Health International, which operates AIDS initiatives in the United States and abroad and is funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Kandra Knowles, MSW, ’14, has had her career trajectory mapped firmly in her head for years. She always assumed that it would incorporate psychology, which she studied as an undergraduate at Bard College.
The New York State Society for Clinical Social Work (NYSSCSW) has awarded Sheena Marquis, MSW '13, a Writing Scholarship for an exemplary paper that illustrates an understanding of theory and ethics. The winning paper is her final paper for last year's Practice II course.
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has awarded Roopa Raman, MSW '13, the Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship. This award was created in the legacy of Carl Anderson Scott, a social worker and CSWE staff member who was known for obtaining financial resources for minority faculty and students to enter social work programs.
Although Christina Ramirez, MSW ’14, was born and raised on Long Island, her parents are from the Dominican Republic. She discovered her passion for youth advocacy while still an adolescent herself: at nineteen, she began spending her summers working at a sleep-away camp for at-risk youth.
Judy Rosen, MSW '13, decided to go back to school and change careers after many years in the business world. Through her own experience, Rosen was inspired to start a new student organization at the NYU Silver School of Social Work, along with fellow student Liz Filburn, MSW '14, called NextSteppers: Non-Traditional Students Association. NextSteppers aims to provide support and resources to career changers and older students. Clinical Associate Professor Peggy Morton is the group's adviser.
For Alyx Steadman, BS ’16, the desire to pursue social justice started early. Steadman grew up in a “very homogenous, small town” in Montana. As a high school junior, he began advocating for increased diversity in the local school district, motivated, he said, because “as a gay man, [I noticed] there was a lack of representation there.”