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

Raising HIV/HCV Awareness and Reducing Stigma in the Latino Community

As the Director of Community Mobilization Programs for the Latino Commission on AIDS since he graduated from NYU Silver, Luis Alberto Mares Yáñez, MSW ’17, annually plans, develops, and implements National Latino AIDS Awareness Day and National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day. In his role, he coordinates with partners in every state and U.S. territory to provide education, outreach, training, and create awareness and reduce stigma around these infectious diseases in the Latino community. For his efforts, POZ Magazine recognized him in 2022 as one of the POZ 100 Latino advocates who have made exemplary contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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Luis Alberto Mares Yáñez
MSW ’17
Director of Community Mobilization Programs, Latino Commission on AIDS

Innovating to Support Black Expectant Parents and Reduce Maternal Mortality

Inspired by her Interpersonal Psychotherapy professor, Victoria Juste, MSW ’24, came up with the idea of a gift box product to support Black expectant parents through the course of pregnancy with the overall goal of helping to reduce Black maternal mortality. Her resulting product, Melanated Mom & Pop Box, is one of four winners of NYU’s 2022 Blackstone LaunchPad Ideas Competition. With support from NYU’s Entrepreneurial Institute, Victoria is moving on with other campus-level winners across the country to the Network Round of the competition with the chance to win additional prize money to further develop her idea.

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Victoria Juste
MSW ’24

Facts & Figures

#16
U.S. News & World Report ranking for Best Grad Schools for Social Work
600+
Placement agencies in our network
5
Faculty inducted into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare
93%
MSW grads employed or continuing education six months post-graduation
650K
Hours of service our students provide to vulnerable individuals and families each year
4
Campuses in the U.S. and China
8
Full- and part-time pathways to the MSW
20K+
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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In the Media
NYU Silver School of Social Work Dean Dr. Michael A. Lindsey puts the widespread use of Xanax in the context of societal forces and unmet mental health needs.
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Student News
As a U.S. Department of Education School Ambassador Fellow, NYU Silver DSW alum Marina Badillo Diaz will help to improve the development and implementation of national education policy.
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Faculty News
A noted scholar in gerontology and social equity, NYU Silver School of Social Work’s Dr. Ernest Gonzales was named an NYU James Weldon Johnson Professor.
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