NYU Silver School of Social Work

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The knowledge I gained from my classes and internships is invaluable and will stick with me forever.

Kayla Lesser, MSW ’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
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In New York City, every block is an opportunity for learning.

Kirk Cooper-Johnson, BS ’17
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Every single professor has been willing to put extra time into helping me. The support here is amazing.

Daniel Baslock, PhD Student

Helping People with Serious Mental Illness Make Meaningful Change

As a clinician at Silver Hill Hospital’s 28-day Transitional Living Program, Jonathan M. Coico provides Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to people with diagnoses ranging from borderline personality disorder to bipolar disorder with co-occurring addiction, who typically arrive in crisis, with their lives in chaos and their relationships derailed due to their unmanaged illness. “I form a quick attachment with them so that they feel secure and anchored in me guiding their therapeutic treatment here,” said Jonathan. “One of the benefits of doing DBT work is that you can actually make some very meaningful changes in a short period of time.”

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Jonathan M. Coico
MSW ’19
Transitional Living Program Clinician, Silver Hill Hospital

Creating Partnerships to Enhance the Health and Well-being of Bedford Stuyvesant Families

As a Community Organizer at Bedford Stuyvesant Community Partnership Program, Ebonee Mears both creates strong partnerships with organizations serving the community and connects families in the community to the resources and services partner organizations provide. Said Ebonee, “I think I’ve been able to combine micro and macro in this job because of the strong clinical training I got at Silver as well as the close connections I made with some of the professors who were doing macro work and encouraged me to pursue opportunities that felt right for me.”

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Ebonee Mears
MSW ’20
Community Organizer, Bedford Stuyvesant Community Partnership Program

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.

Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Child Welfare-Involved Families

The communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 are the same ones disproportionately involved with the child welfare system. Associate Professor Darcey Merritt is studying the challenges and barriers the pandemic has posed for these vulnerable families as well the caseworkers who deliver services to them.

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Shaping the Future of Work

McSilver Associate Professor in Poverty Studies and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Robert L. Hawkins has considerable expertise in domestic and international poverty and welfare, social capital use and development, community participatory research, and race and social policy. He was selected to participate in a working group funded by the European Commission that is comprised of 30 senior American and European policymakers, academics, trade union representatives, and civil society leaders to exchange views and best practices on the future of work, with a focus on labor market change and social protection policies.

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