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2018 Social Justice and Diversity Grant Conference

Walking the Talk: Direct Practice Through a Social Justice Lens

Friday, April 13, 2018 | 8:30am - 4:30pm

Featured Presenters

Gabbie Green

Gabbie Green

The Privilege of Representation

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Sondra Morishima and Hân Nguyễn

Sondra Morishima
and Hân Nguyễn

Asian/Americans: Experiences of Erasure and Reckoning with Anti-Blackness in Direct Practice

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Lisa Schlosberg

Lisa Schlosberg

How Losing 150 Pounds Taught Me About Mental Health

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Nikki Vega

Nikki Vega

Beyond the Binary: A Brief Guide to Gender

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Mia Wilson

Mia Wilson

A Walk in My Father's Shoes

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Cynthia Castillo

Overcoming Language and Cultural Barriers: A Look at Effective Group Model "Si, Yo Puedo" for Working with Latina Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence

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Alex Cooke

Let’s Talk About Sex: The Power of Sex Positivity at 3 Levels of Social Work

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Alexis Connolly

Reimagining Re-entry to Reduce Recidivism: Discharge Planning at Rikers Island

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Fantasia Cordero

Social Workers Needed to Advocate for Forgotten Survivors

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Hali Riley

Language Stigmatization: Implications for Holistic Social Work

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Luisa Lopez & Jasmine Mason

Racial Imposter Syndrome: Who Am I Today?

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Talia Tiffany

The Right to Self-Determination as a Framework for Direct Practice with Gender Expansive Clients

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About NYU Silver's Social Justice and Diversity Grant

NYU Silver Social Justice and Diversity Grant logo

Established in 2012, NYU Silver's Social Justice and Diversity Grant fosters student-designed programs that address a diverse set of local, national, and international social justice issues in social work.

The goals of the grant are to:

  • Support and encourage events that lead to the development of socially just communities
  • Encourage a commitment to cultural humility, social diversity, and inclusion
  • Facilitate the review of personal values and beliefs that may influence decision-making
  • Promote self awareness to eliminate biases in professional practice

For the first four years of the Social Justice and Diversity Grant, NYU Silver held a "Grant Challenge" in which students competed for funding for programs related to the goals of the grant that they designed, promoted and implemented. In the 2016-17 Academic Year, NYU Silver instead held its first-ever, student-to-student Social Justice and Diversity Grant Conference with the theme "Walking the Talk: Bringing Social Justice and Diversity to Direct Practice."

For quick facts on the evolution of the Social Justice and Diversity Grant program from a challenge to a conference, please click here.

What people are saying about this year's conference:

"I thought it was phenomenal how each presenter discussed various topics in social work through a humanistic and personal approach. I laughed, cried and felt inspired. Each presentation reminded me that every individual has a story and that they are the real experts in their lives. This all reminded me of why I chose social work. Looking forward to next year!"

"I enjoyed having the space to process and consider difficult questions within a safe, and academic environment as an important element in the presentations. Taking time to be uncomfortable in those moments as we witnessed others speak their truths is critical for our growth as social workers."

"This is such a necessary space to propel students to tackle and share important ideas and concepts with others. There aren’t many other opportunities for students to share their research and experiences like this."

2018 Social Justice and Diversity Grant Conference Selection Committee

We would like to thank the members of the 2018 Social Justice and Diversity Grant Conference Selection Committee for the time and expertise they have devoted to choosing among the many excellent program submissions: