Associate Professor Alma Carten and Silver School Alumni Honored by NASW-NYC

The New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-NYC) held its 5th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner last week and NYU Silver School of Social Work faculty and alumni were recognized for their work and leadership.

Associate Professor Alma Carten, a past president of NASW-NYC, was named a Top Leader in the Profession. Her research focuses on family preservative programs, child survivors of HIV/AIDS, maternal substance abuse, and independent living for adolescents. She has published on the planning and design of preventative services for African-American families, neighborhood-based services, dimensions of child abuse among Caribbean families, mental health services and African-American communities, and culturally competent practice with new immigrant families.

Kevin Queen, BS '01, and Andres Hoyos, MSW '04, were honored as Emerging Leaders. Hoyos is the director of center wellness at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in New York City and an adjunct lecturer at the Silver School. Queen is the vice president/director of programs of New York Foundation for Senior Citizens and is enrolled in the Silver School's post-master's certificate program in executive leadership.

Silver School adjunct faculty Michael Schmidt and Matthew Wofsy were recognized as Mid-Career Leaders. Schmidt, the executive director of American Jewish Committee's New York Regional Office, is also an adjunct associate professor and a member of the School's Undergraduate Program Committee and Undergraduate Community Advisory Committee. Wofsy, an adjunct lecturer, is the director of best-practice and evidence-based treatment initiatives at the Institute for Community Living.

NASW-NYC President Susan Nayowith, PhD '00, offered opening and closing remarks at the December 1 awards ceremony. Gary Parker, deputy director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU Silver, served as the master of ceremonies.

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