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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You’re encouraged to work with different people and pursue opportunities to become your best self.

Lauren Jessell, PhD ’20

Advancing Clinical Practice with Fathers to Improve Outcomes for Them and Their Families

As the Executive Director of the HOPE Center Harlem and the Founder and Executive Director of the Akira Center, a social service program focused on fatherhood, healthy relationships, mental health, and promoting open dialogue around the destigmatization of father absence and mental health in men, Dr. Lena Green has had a tremendous impact on countless New Yorkers, particularly on fathers and families, and Black and Brown communities.

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Lena Green
MSW ’01, DSW ’18
Executive Director, HOPE Center Harlem/Founder and Executive Director, Akira Center

Fostering Homeless Families’ Mental Health and Civic Engagement

As a Clinical Supervisor at Win, the largest provider of shelter and supportive housing for New York City’s homeless families, Caitlin Krenn leads a team in meeting the mental health and substance use needs of approximately 600 children and adults each day. Above and beyond her job responsibilities, she organized a “Civic Engagement Day” in Fall 2020 across all Win’s shelters that resulted in hundreds of shelter residents registering to vote and completing the Census, and she was awarded a NSWM Policy Fellowship to focus on the intersection of civic engagement and housing insecurity.

Caitlin Krenn Headshot, photo by Tania Vargas, MSW ’16
Caitlin Krenn
MSW ’16
Clinical Supervisor, Win

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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Addressing an Invisible Crisis

An expert in HIV prevention and care, Professor and Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health Director Vincent Guilamo-Ramos is a leading voice in drawing attention to the largely overlooked HIV crisis among Latinx in the U.S. As an appointed member of the U.S. Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, he provides direct guidance to the Department of Health and Human Services on the country’s response to the epidemic.

AIDS Walk New York