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On September 17, 2015, the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, NYU Silver School of Social Work and NASW-NYC hosted a panel entitled, “Putting the Poverty Toolkit to Work: Poverty and Race,” the first in series of discussions on applying NASW-NYC’s NASW-NYC’s toolkit for fighting poverty to address racism, homelessness, hunger, and mental health in New York City. Visit our... Read more
On August 31, 2015, classes began for the Silver School of Social Work’s first full-semester, graduate-level study abroad program – fusing education, research, and practice – in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The program, which the McSilver Institute helped design and implement, enables second year MSW candidates to take the same required courses they are offered at NYU’s Washington Square... Read more
The McSilver Institute is pleased to announce that the September 2015 issue of its peer-reviewed journal, Global Social Welfare: Research, Policy, and Practice (GSW), is now available online, with open access articles by Tricia Stephens , Nana Akua Victoria Owusu, Tyrone Parchment, and Mary McKay (Meeting the Needs of Children and Families with Communication and other Developmental Difficulties in Accra, Ghana—An... Read more
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has awarded a four-year, $3 million grant to McSilver Institute Director Dr. Mary McKay to explore innovative family-centered approaches designed to strengthen the parenting skills of caregivers to effectively help youth with behavioral difficulties.  Persisting behavioral difficulties in childhood often result in significant educational difficulties, substance... Read more
Nearly 200 people filled the Fishman Space at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Fisher Building on Tuesday evening, April 28th, to see five exceptional leaders in the fight against poverty receive 2015 McSilver Awards. After a cocktail hour on the building’s stunning roof deck, which featured a display of photographs taken by students in the McSilver Institute’s Step Up youth development program, the awards... Read more
The 2015 McSilver Symposium—a full day of inspirational and informative sessions—took place at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on April 27th. The free event, emphasizing poverty, trauma and resilience, featured six provocative panels and two documentary films, including the world premiere of Under the Mango Tree, about Tamale, Ghana’s Shekhinah Clinic Food Program, which feeds over 150 homeless people with mental... Read more
An acute awareness of institutional/societal racism and the relationship between race and poverty are underpinnings of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research’s work. The recent spate of videotaped police killings of unarmed black men, from Michael Brown to Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Walter Scott – and countless other never captured on video – ;underscore the imperative to... Read more
On April 29, McSilver Institute Director Mary McKay and Post-Doctoral Fellow Jama Shelton, who is also Deputy Executive Director of the True Colors Fund, were among a select group of researchers, service providers, advocates, youth, philanthropists, and Federal agency representatives invited to a White House policy briefing to discuss the Federal government’s goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020. The White... Read more
On Thursday May 7, eight McSilver Institute staff members and three interns spent the afternoon volunteering in the Williamsburg kitchen of God’s Love We Deliver, an agency that delivers nutritious meals free of charge to home-bound New York area residents suffering from debilitating illnesses. The day of service was organized by communications and policy intern Charlie Tripp, who just completed his MSW with a... Read more
The McSilver Institute is defined by its commitment to anti-oppressive research and practice.  To ensure that this commitment to understand and combat structural oppression and racism reaches all corners of the work, the institute has formed an Anti-Oppressive Steering Committee (AOSC) consisting of members of every department. The AOSC, led by co-chairs Zoila A. Del-Villar and Jayson Jones (pictured above),... Read more