NYU Silver School of Social Work

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Celebrating excellence, embracing the future

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At the nexus of evidence-based, proactive, and globalized practice.

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A community united by a commitment to service and social justice.

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Rigorous social work education and scholarly research that transform lives.

Providing a Lifeline for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence

As the CEO of Womankind, a nonprofit with deep community roots that provides multilingual and culturally-responsive services and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking, Yasmeen Hamza is fulfilling her passion for working with marginalized survivors of gender-based violence.

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Yasmeen Hamza
MSW ’05
CEO, Womankind

Offering Support and Hope to Parents with Cancer


Her own experience with early stage melanoma in her mid-20s led Meredith Ruden 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 to parents with cancer.

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Meredith Ruden
MSW ’09 /DSW ’18
Founder and President, The Feather Foundation

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.

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