NYU Silver School of Social Work

Michelle Escamilla Valladares standing with her hand on her hip on a stage in front of an empty auditorium with spotlights shining behind her

Officially an NYU Silver Grad! Woo hoo!!

Michelle Escamilla Valladares, MSW ’22

I am thrilled that we will be convening in person to celebrate our Classes of 2020 and 2021!

Dr. Neil B. Guterman, Dean and Paulette Goddard Professor

What a class and what a year NYU Silver has had!

Dr. Andrew Hamilton, President, New York University

Graduates, the world has never needed us more.

Elisha Mudly, MSW ’21

Developing Skills, Knowledge, and Networks to Influence Social Change

Robert Aviles, MSW ’22, is one of six NYU Silver students in the 2021-22 cohort of NYU’s Social Sector Leadership Diversity Fellowship (SSLD), an 18-month leadership development program for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) graduate students across the University. In the MSW program, Robert’s focus is on clinical social work with a social justice and anti-oppressive perspective. He is passionate about examining the links between policies and practice and how they impact historically marginalized communities. Says Robert, “The ways in which you can intersect your learning and experiences between both the SSLD program and education here at NYU Silver truly distinguishes you and sets you ahead.”

Robert Aviles wears a brown sweater and stands in front of a bookshelf with a electronic keyboard on it.
Robert Aviles
MSW ’22

Providing Support and Hope for Parents with Cancer

Her own experience with early stage melanoma in her mid-20s led Meredith Ruden, MSW ’09/DSW ’18, to leave a burgeoning career in advertising sales to pursue oncology social work. Today, she is putting her NYU Silver education to work as the Clinical Director of a Manhattan group practice and as the Founder and President of The Feather Foundation, which provides online emotional, financial, and practical support for parents with cancer.

Meredith Ruden headshot
Meredith Ruden
MSW ’09/DSW ’18
Founder, The Feather Foundation and Clinical Director, City Center Psychotherapy

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.

Optimizing an Intervention to Support COVID-19 Testing in Vulnerable Populations

Among those at highest risk for exposure to COVID-19 is the large population of frontline essential workers in lower status occupations, in which Black and Latino people are overrepresented. These workers, however, experience serious multi-level impediments to COVID-19 testing. As part of the National Institutes of Health’s RADx® initiative, a multidisciplinary research team led by Professor and Associate Dean for Research Marya Gwadz is using an engineering-inspired framework called the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) to optimize an intervention to increase regular COVID-19 testing for these workers.

Photo of an open COVID-19 self-test on a wooden table with a hand holding the test's swab above the test's solution

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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