NYU Silver School of Social Work
Class of 2020, though our celebration is virtual, our pride in you is very real.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020. I’m so grateful to be a part of this amazing, strong class.
Ground yourself in our values and leverage the power of your education at NYU Silver.
Class of 2020: You all are needed more than ever. You’re social workers, you’re fierce, you’re warriors.
Celebrating the Class of 2020
Congratulations to our remarkable, resilient Class of 2020! When the COVID-19 pandemic forced all instruction online, our graduates met the challenge of completing their rigorous coursework and Field learning with creativity and grace. Moreover, many of our graduates found ways to serve those most affected by the pandemic. NYU President Andrew Hamilton observed, “Class of 2020, the same qualities that led you to choose NYU Silver as your academic home will help you make a difference in the world as alumni... The world needs your talents as it begins the task of healing, and I can't wait to see the ways you find to make an impact for the better.”
Empowering Immigrant Families to Change the Trajectory of their Children’s Lives
At age seven, Monika Estrada Guzman, MSW ’16, immigrated from Guatemala with her mother. Now, armed with her MSW, she is the program director of an early childhood intervention program that empowers immigrant families to break the cycle of poverty by changing the first 1,000 days of their children’s lives.
What’s Next in Your Journey?
Seeking to Prevent Adolescent Suicide Through School-Based Mental Health Services
Jessica Chock-Goldman, MSW ’12, DSW ’21, is the school social worker at New York City’s highly selective Stuyvesant High School. Since beginning NYU Silver’s DSW program, she has expanded her expertise in adolescent suicide prevention and intervention. Her goal: to restructure how mental health and suicidality are addressed within the New York City Department of Education.
Facts & Figures
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.
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.
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.