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

Gaining the Skills to Provide Rural LGBTQ Youth the Supports He Didn’t Have

Graduate Student Association President Eric Pratt, MSW ’23, was born and raised in rural Maine. His long-term goal is to start an organization for LGBTQ youth in his home community – an organization he wished he’d had growing up. Eric is gaining critical skills to help him in that quest through his Field placement this year at the Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest non-profit providing shelter and comprehensive support services to homeless LGBTQ young people.

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Eric Pratt
MSW ’23
Graduate Student Association President

Seeking to Expand Mental Health Care in Her Home Country

As an undergraduate psychology student at Nigeria’s Covenant University, Ololade Oketunbi came to see that her fellow citizens accepted mental health professionals little and understood them less. “There is a dearth of mental health professionals in the community, and people don’t trust their work,” she said. With her MSW from NYU Silver under her belt, she is now gaining clinical experience in Washington, DC with the goal of returning to Nigeria with skills and knowledge in mental health care to help bridge the societal divide.

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Ololade Oketunbi
MSW ’22

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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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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In the Media
As a Visiting Scholar at NYU Silver, Jennifer Jones Austin will help develop curricula and initiatives relating to social work policy and poverty.
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