NYU Silver School of Social Work

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I welcome your interest in our vibrant academic community dedicated to equity, accessibility, responsiveness, and impact.

Dean Michael A. Lindsey
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My NYU education has helped me secure jobs that reward my skills and provide opportunities for growth.

Sally Martir, MSW ’20
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Every single professor has been willing to put the extra time into helping me. The support here is amazing.

Daniel Baslock, PhD Student
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In New York City, every block is an opportunity for learning.

Kirk Cooper-Johnson, BS ’17
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Silver's demonstrated commitment to pursuing social justice aligns directly with my experience and efforts.

Solimar Santiago-Warner, DSW ’22

Building Community for BIPOC First Generation Students

Diane Valle, MSW ’23, is a Mexican-American, first generation college graduate and graduate student who is a passionate advocate for other Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)  first generation students. With support from Silver’s Office of Inclusive Engagement and Student Life, she founded First Gen Students of Color, NYU Silver’s newest student organization, which connects BIPOC first generation students to one another as well as to resources at the school and the wider university.

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Diane Valle
MSW ’23
Founder, NYU Silver First Gen Students of Color

Following her Heart to a Second Career in Social Work

At NYU Silver’s Class of 2022 convocation ceremony, Nadine Raia led the academic procession, carrying the school banner into the historic United Palace theater. One month later, she was already fulfilling her dream as a therapist at New York Center for Living, working with adolescents and young adults with substance use and co-occurring mental health issues. She has come a long way since she entered Silver’s 16-month MSW degree pathway in January 2021, three decades after she earned her undergraduate degree in journalism.

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Nadine Raia
MSW ’22
Primary Therapist, New York Center for Living

Facts & Figures

U.S. News & World Report ranking for Best Grad Schools for Social Work
Placement agencies in our network
Faculty inducted into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare
MSW grads employed or continuing education six months post-graduation
Hours of service our students provide to vulnerable individuals and families each year
Campuses in the U.S. and China
Full- and part-time pathways to the MSW
Alums who have elevated lives

Advancing Social Justice

While earning his degree at Silver, Michael Sanders (front row center), MSW ’19—father, army veteran, and entrepreneur—was the vice president of the NYU Military Alliance, an NYU Social Sector Leadership Diversity Fellow, a Silver Student Leadership Council Fellow, a member of the Students of Color Collective, and one of two students on the School’s Social Justice Praxis Committee. Michael, who is now a Social Service Advocate at the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Boston, observed, “Being a social worker means fighting for social justice and never forgetting our responsibility to our clients, to ourselves, and to society as a whole.”

Pioneering Research & Evidence-Based Solutions

The Silver School Faculty is Examining Society’s Pressing Problems.

Ringing and Answering the Alarm About Black Youth Suicide

As chair of the working group of experts supporting the Congressional Black Caucus Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health, Dean Michael A. Lindsey led the production of a report titled Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide, which informed the bipartisan Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act. Now he’s leading an National Institutes of Health-funded  study testing a system of care for Black youth presenting at NYC hospital emergency departments that combines suicide risk screening with an intervention to help connect at-risk youth to quality mental health services.

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Inspiring Young Adults with Mental Health Challenges in to Engage in Care

Professor Michelle R. Munson has made it her mission to help the mental health system better respond to marginalized young adults whose mental health challenges, if left untreated, impede their ability to form relationships, hold jobs, live independently, and function well in society.

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Student News
Motivated by her own experience in the workplace, Fatima Mabrouk is centering her research on Black women social workers in NYC’s not-for-profit sector.
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The four-year, nearly $740,000 grant will enable Dr. Moore to adapt and test a mental health services engagement program for minoritized young people.
Silver News
Dean Michael A. Lindsey announced the intent to align MSW students' field placement hours during NYU Silver School of Social Work's 2023 graduation ceremony.
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