The Champions program is the Silver School of Social Work's graduate student ambassador program. Our Champions come from a variety of programs and are here to speak with you about their experiences at NYU Silver. If you would like to connect with a Champion, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Champions program is actively seeking student ambassadors to join us for the 2019-2020 academic year. MSW students from all programs and campuses are encouraged to apply.
Champions in Full Time Programs
Allison Jurjens | Sydney, Australia | Two Year Program
Undergraduate Institution: Southern Cross University
NYU's MSW program offered the clinical experience I wanted after completing an MA in Psychology. NYU is recognized internationally and has wonderful resources including Mindful NYU. I love the diversity, downtown vibe and quality of easily accessible lifestyle resources. Email Allison
Kelly Ancharski | Tuscon, AZ | Two Year Program
Undergraduate Institution: University of Arizona
At the core of my academic and work experience is the same pursuit of multilateral,interdisciplinary, and collective involvement integral to the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. This program has expanded my capability to empower queer youth by combating underlying causes of disenfranchisement and providing tools to increase cultural,economic, political, and social accessibility. Since partaking in varying degrees of feminist activism during adolescence, I have persistently delved into sustainable community developmentas a process of deconstructing heteronormativity, classism, and racism. While completing myundergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona, my activism withgrassroots development reinforced the importance of cultural, intergenerational discourse, andsocial services that balance the needs of individuals, allocation of resources, and viability. By building advocacy coalitions in partnership with Albanian youth as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I recognize that comprehensive global innovation relies on a dimensional approach linking stateformation and civil society. In witnessing and shaping mobilization in Arizona and Albania, my practical knowledge illustrates how gender-based and cross-cultural engagement stimulatecommunal agency. Through pursuing a Master of Social Work, concentrating on social policyand macro practice, I seek to continue this trajectory of subverting proscriptive norms.
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Daisy Burns | Toronto, Ontario | Two Year Program
Undergraduate Institution: Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada)
I chose NYU Silver because I wanted to gain social work experience while outside of my comfort zone and learning from renowned professors who were passionate about the work they were doing. I wanted to learn in an environment while surrounded by people with different points of view and experiences that would help me grow into a well-rounded social worker. Email Daisy
Rachel Kahn | Red Bank, NJ | Two Year Program
Undergraduate Institution: American University
I chose NYU because I loved its location in New York City, and felt that the student body matched my interests and needs. I felt as though NYU could provide me with the network I would need post graduation. Email Rachel
Marisa Kopa | Fort Pierce, FL | Two Year Program
Undergraduate Institution: University of Florida
Attending NYU has been an amazing experience for me! It's not easy quit your job, pack up everything you own, and move across the country to go back to school in your late 30s, but I'm really glad I took that leap. NYU has been a super welcoming environment. The professors are exceptionally caring individuals, and my fellow students continuously amaze me with the depths of their care and compassion. Email Marisa
Rachel Lippin- Foster | New York, NY | Two Year Program
Undergraduate Institution: Bates College
I chose to attend NYU Silver for its emphasis on a international learning and clinical social work. For my first-year placement, I worked in a middle school doing one-on-one counseling with students. Currently, I am placed at the Children's Day Unit at New York State Psychiatric Institute where I work with clients and their parents to ensure they receive comprehensive treatment. I have really enjoy my experience at Silver and feel grateful to be part of this community. Email Rachel
Champions in Part Time Programs
Natalie Asalgado |Miami, FL | Extended Program
Undergraduate Institution: Brown University
Natalie chose to attend NYU Silver because of its flexible curriculum through the Extended program and historical focus on clinical field placements. She is currently placed at the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, where she advocates for the best interests of unaccompanied immigrant children. This placement has urged her to learn more about how social workers can organize alongside community stakeholders to enact changes at the macro policy level. On campus, Natalie is secretary of the Latinx Social Work Student Organization, which aims to create a supportive community among Latinx students at Silver. She is also a member of the Student Leadership Council, which fosters leadership skills through professional and academic development opportunities. Further, Natalie manages a mentorship program for first-generation college students of color through NYU’s Center for Multicultural Education because she is passionate about helping others navigate higher education and beyond. Email Natalie
Chris Vargas | New York, NY | 32 Month Program
Undergraduate Institution: CUNY Brooklyn College
Christopher Vargas is a proud Dominican Graduate Student working on obtaining his Master’s in Social Work at the NYU Silver School for Social Work. He is currently in the 32 Month Program for Working Professionals. His experience at NYU has been a tough but very enjoyable ride. Chris always knew he wanted to help people in some way, but didn’t know how he wanted to do it. He aspires to be a clinical psychotherapist or a medical doctor. Because of his busy schedule, working full-time at Planned Parenthood of New York as CAPP Sexuality Educator and Trainer, as well as volunteering at Mount Sinai Hospital, he was worried he wouldn’t be able to have enough free time to attend graduate school. Out of all the programs he searched for and found, this program fit best. It also helped that the school was located a couple of blocks away from his job. During his tenure at NYU, Chris feels he has procured a great amount of knowledge relevant to the mental health field; learning mental disorders, therapeutic methods, the importance of research, and more! Chris also feels that he’s gaining a lot of therapeutic experience at his field placement at the Ali Forney Center, which is a crisis center for LGBTQ homeless youth. His thoughts on the program overall: the classes challenge you, the professors are amicable and encouraging, the students are inspiring and friendly, and the program is one of the best programs out there for aspiring mental health professionals! Email Chris
Casey Scott | Queens, NY | Extended One Year Residency Program
I live and breathe Social Work! NYU has given me the front seat to micro, meso and macro work in the classroom, in the institutional structure and in field. The professor I have had are knowledgeable, supportive, understanding, patience and encourage learning both in and out the classroom. They brought real life to every social work concept, theory and framework. My experience was more than what I expected and I am truly grateful, I applied to NYU!