New Faculty – Anna Ortega-Williams

Dr. Anna Ortega-Williams is joining the Hunter College Silberman faculty as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Ortega-Williams is a social work scholar, practitioner, educator, and activist. She earned her doctorate from the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, having previously earned her MSW from Stony Brook University (SUNY) and her bachelor’s degree from Hunter College. Dr. Ortega-Williams is interested in the intersections of micro- and macro-level social work practice and aims to contribute to peer-led trauma recovery approaches that include social action. Her research focuses on the experiences and creative strategies of Black youth interrupting systemic violence and social inequities as a form of healing, post-traumatic growth, and recovery from historical trauma. Her dissertation explored the ways in which Black youth organizers in New York City were impacted by their participation in social and economic justice movements. Dr. Ortega-Williams also brings to her academic work 17 years of direct practice experience in individual, group, and family counseling, in addition to 14 years working as a director, program developer, capacity builder, and evaluator at the Red Hook Initiative.