Update Regarding COVID-19

(Updated March 26, 2020)

The Silberman building is currently closed.

Throughout this public health emergency, we remain committed to our students successfully completing the spring semester and to supporting our faculty’s ongoing teaching, scholarship, and research. All in-person classes and field placements have been suspended and ongoing instruction will use remote methods.We continue to focus on the transition to remote learning and are confident that we can continue to deliver the high-quality instruction that meets our professional standards.

Field Placement Update

In light of the extraordinary public health emergency, we have requested approval from the State to temporarily reduce the field practicum hours required for successful completion of MSW requirements for all students eligible for such a reduction. So far, we have received approval to reduce the number of hours for the two year MSW timeframe graduating students.We are aware that CSWE recently announced a further potential reduction in the minimum required field hours. However, this has not been approved by NYSED. We will provide further information as it becomes available.

Jama Shelton Tapped for Emerging Scholar Award

Assistant Professor Jama Shelton has received the 2019 Emerging Scholar Award from the Association for Community Organization and Social Action (ACOSA). The award, presented at the annual program meeting of the Council on Social Work Education held in Denver, recognizes pre-tenure faculty who are doing meritorious work in the areas of community organizing, planning, social administration, organizational development, community development, social action, and social change.

Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America

Professor Michael Lindsey of New York University’s Silver School of Social Work delivered an invited lecture entitled RING THE ALARM: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America at Silberman on February 4.The lecture, timed to coincide with Black History Month, focused attention on disturbing increases in suicidal behavior among African-American children between the ages of five and eleven. In addition to summarizing a growing body of epidemiologic data, Professor Lindsay discussed efforts he and colleagues are making to bring greater attention to this problem as well as their policy advocacy efforts at the state and national levels.

Child Protection in the Former Soviet States

Associate Professor Ilze Earner served as co-organizer and opening speaker at an international conference on the development of child protection systems in the post-Soviet states held in Moscow. The conference brought together for the first time representatives from thirteen former Soviet states to discuss developments in child protection policy, program and practice that have occurred since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Professor Dan Herman published by The Council on Social Work Education

The Council on Social Work Education has released a Curricular Guide for Addressing Homelessness, the newest addition to a series intended to provide curriculum tools for baccalaureate and masters’ social work programs nationally. The guide was created thanks to a partnership with the National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services, a consortium of schools of social work, and generous funding provided by the New York Community Trust.

Professor Terry Mizrahi to Receive Service and Leadership Award from Council on Social Work Education

The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College is very pleased to announce that Professor Terry Mizrahi will receive the Service and Leadership in Social Work Education Award from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). This award recognizes Dr. Mizrahi’s extraordinary leadership in service to Social Work education and particularly to Social Work students across her entire career. It will be presented to Dr. Mizrahi at the 2019 CSWE Annual Program Meeting, October 24-27 in Denver, CO.

Silberman School of Social Work Appoints Associate Dean of Academic & Faculty Affairs, Dr. Carol Bennett-Speight

The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Carol Bennett-Speight as Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs.

Dr. Bennett-Speight is an accomplished leader in social work education and institutional administration. Since 2011, she has served as Director of the Social Work Program, Associate Professor, and Assessment Coordinator at the Mercy College School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SSBS) in Dobbs Ferry, NY.