NYU Silver GCSW FacultyConversation

NYU Silver GCSW FacultyConversation


DEAN NEIL B GUTERMAN: So, we
thought that – this is actually something new for the Silver School – We thought that, while we’re orienting you to all the elements of the school itself, that we would also introduce you to some professional level questions. What’s going on in the
profession right now? Actually, what’s going
on at the cutting edge of the profession? So we want to sort of give
you sort of a window in, at least a brief window in to some of the issues, the conversations that many across our entire
profession are having about some of the shared
challenges that we have. And so, you know, you’re going to learn, you already heard a little
bit from several of us about direct practice, working to serve, maybe, one client at a time or family at a time, or maybe one community at a time. As you, I’m sure, know already that many of the questions, the challenges,
the dilemmas, the problems that will come forward
to you are not those that are just individual. They’re oftentimes shared challenges. They’re oftentimes interconnected with other larger problems. And how do we connect the micro
to the macro, if you will? And so many of us have
been discussing, how do we, as a profession, take on some of the, what we call, “Grand
Challenges” for our profession? And, and so, actually, I
had the great privilege of, in 2012, being in a little island retreat off of the coast of Seattle where there was a conversation about some big questions. How do we think ambitiously? How do we think about addressing
and making real progress on some of the biggest problems that we, as social workers, are concerned about? And this notion of a Grand Challenge Initiative
was incubated or hatched at that retreat off, in Bainbridge island. And so what we learned about, what does a Grand Challenge Initiative… actually a number of other
professions have engaged in a framework to help an
entire field, profession, even countries – Canada has its own Grand Challenge
Initiative, for example – tackle some of the big, big questions in a way that we can achieve measurable,
real progress in a big way? And so, for example, the profession of engineering has mapped
out in 2008 such as, how do we make solar energy economical? How do we secure technology to
prevent nuclear terror? How do we, what are the big
questions, issues that we, as a profession, can actually make real
progress on in a big way? And, at that meeting off of, in Bainbridge island, the
current then President of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare was there
and said, “You know what, “this is a great initiative “for the National Academy to take on.” And so what they did is they
essentially, with the members of the American Academy,
which are essentially leaders of our profession, how do we curate a list of the biggest concerns, the
biggest challenges for us as a social work profession? And so they curated a list of 12 Grand Challenges for the coming decade. What can we actually achieve
measurable, tangible progress on in the next 10, maybe 15, years or so? So these are solvable problems,
but we’re not yet there. They may be just over the horizon where we can really move
the needle, if you will. And so I think you can, can
you read that okay, or not? Is that way readable to you? Let me, so some of the Grand Challenges that the American Academy
identified are such things as stopping family violence,
closing the healthcare gap, ending homelessness, and so forth. These are sort of
organized a little bit from micro to macro but they’re, they’re
obviously interconnected on micro macro…connected. Reducing extreme inequality,
promoting smart decarceration, and so forth. These are some
of the big issues of our day that we, as a profession, can take on. And, and so each of
those Grand Challenges, then, began to form networks of scholars, stakeholders,
policymakers, practitioners to then come together and begin
to map out a forward agenda for national progress on each of these. And so one of the amazing things, there are many amazing
things about NYU Silver, but one of the amazing things
about NYU Silver is we have, actually, three of the national leaders on three separate Grand Challenges. And so we thought we’d
just sort of introduce you to a conversation about where those are at on three of the Grand Challenges. And so I’ll briefly overview each of the three faculty leads here. And then we’ll let them to
each talk, just for briefly ’cause we’re really short on time, briefly, about five minutes or so, about each of the Grand Challenges. And then, as time permits, we’ll engage in a bit of a conversation. And then we’ll also present a
way for you all, if you wish, to engage in the National
Grand Challenge Initiative. We have a student-initiated
and student-led competition and we’ll have some of your
colleague students present that and pitch a way for you
to get involved in this. So, first of all, let me very briefly introduce
Professor Ernest Gonzales. Actually, Ernest, I think this is your first broad appearance
’cause Ernest just joined us over the summer from Boston University. And so welcome, Ernest. (audience and panelists applaud) We’re delighted you’re here with us. And Ernest’s work has
really focused on the issue of Productive Aging, related
employment, volunteering, and caregiving, as well as questions with health equity,
intergenerational relationships, and related social policy question. Professor Gonzales is, in
fact, the national co-lead on the Advancing Long and
Productive Lives Grand Challenge. So we’ll hear from him
in just a few moments. Second is Professor Deborah Padgett who is, let me, shout out Deborah. (audience applauds) And Deborah has been here a
little longer than Ernest. She is our wise veteran, one of the nation’s leading
scholars on the question of homelessness, where she and some of her colleagues are ushering forth a changing paradigm
approach to addressing the problem of homelessness in the United States. And, in fact, she has recently
published a landmark volume on this question entitled Housing First: Ending Homelessness, Changing Systems, and Transforming Lives,
which was published in 2016 by Oxford University Press,
and she is the national co-lead on the Grand Challenge
to End Homelessness. So we’ll hear very briefly
from Professor Padgett. And then third, we have
Professor Michelle Munson. Michelle is, (audience applauds) Michelle is also our
incoming Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, and is an expert on mental health service
use among emerging adults, those who are in adolescence
and transitioning to adulthood, and has particular expertise
in the interconnection between social structure
and social relationships, and young adults’ decisions to seek professional
mental health support. And Professor Munson is one of the leading intervention researchers on the national Grand
Challenge network focused on reducing social isolation. So what we’ll do, then,
is let each of them briefly overview their Grand Challenge. And then I’ll come over here
and pitch a few questions. And we actually have one or two questions that came in from students. And so we’ll have, as time
permits, a bit of a conversation. So, Michelle, I think you’re up first. MICHELLE MUNSON: So I just also want to start
by welcoming all of you to Silver, to NYU, and, for
some of you, to New York City, and to the social work profession. And, and thank you, Neil, for
that wonderful introduction. The Grand Challenge to Eradicate Social Isolation
addresses the correlation between social isolation
and poor health outcomes, such as increased rates of
morbidity and mortality. It also works to build
social relationships in different ways and reduce loneliness among people across the lifespan. Isolation, as a concept, right,
occurs when individuals do not have others physically around them. And loneliness, on the other
hand, is about feelings. It’s an emotional state of
dissatisfaction in relationship. An example of how these
concepts that we work on in this Grand Challenge are
related but somewhat distinct is that an individual can feel
lonely, extremely lonely, even in a room full of people, perhaps like some of you feel today. The Grand Challenge to
Eradicate Social Isolation came into clear focus as studies
were published reporting things like the magnitude of risk associated with social isolation
is comparable to smoking and other major biomedical risks. You can see that social
isolation has been associated with a whole number of varied outcomes. A couple of examples are having a lack of normative pressures from
social others to engage in healthy behaviors, like
going to doctor’s appointments, for example, and then
more traditional outcomes such as depression and anxiety. Many different organizations
have declared, some repeatedly, that social isolation and loneliness are critical major factors for us to be dealing with today. We know somewhat intuitively,
right, that people do better in community, being part of communities. However, we also know that
so many people struggle to become integrated into community and to develop communities
for themselves, often, because of large macro
level structural factors that many of us care about, like racism, sexism, ableism, xenophobia among many, many others. And, as one of my colleagues who presented on this Grand Challenge in a
previous conference stated, that’s Dr. Sandra Crewe from Howard University,
social isolation is a micro level consequence to macro-level social forces. So we have to be thinking
about it in those ways. So, many colleagues that are involved in this Grand Challenge are
working in different ways. So, just briefly, some of my
colleagues are really working on issues of social measurement. So how do we realize whether
we are actually making change? So thinking about measuring loneliness and measuring social isolation, like our network lead, Dr. Jim Lubben at Boston College’s
Institute on Aging, and, if you’re interested in, in
aging, in social isolation, I would encourage you
to look up their work. Other colleagues such
as myself and others are really involved more
in developing programs that provide social support,
and you see some of them up here, including programs
we’re working on at NYU Silver and in many other places
throughout the country. And we’re finding that some programs, particularly those up here, that involve mentorship, providing
marginalized young people with mentors, have, in
fact, reduced things like depression, social
isolation, loneliness, among many other outcomes. And then a third area
in our Grand Challenge that’s interesting is led by our other network co-lead, Betsy Tracy. And her expertise is really about examining social networks,
social network analysis, and, in her case, for women
in recovery from addictions. And so that work really
kind of tries to understand how networks are working or not working to help people get to their appointments and engage in their healthcare. A recent study that my new
colleague, Ernest, brought to my attention, using
Medicaid spending data, just to show the impact of this
network work, showed results that suggested, quote, a lack of contacts in older adults’ networks was
associated with $6.7 billion of additional federal spending on services such as skilled nursing for folks who didn’t have natural
supports in their networks. And we’re facing a new set
of intriguing questions that some of us are discussing
involved in this Grand Challenge around the role of technology, which we’ve heard about already
today, things like Twitter and its role in social
isolation and loneliness. Increased colleagues of ours
are studying interventions like mobile health and
online support groups. And technology and social
isolation, when I think about it, I think it’s a double-edged sword. On the one hand, there’s a lot of concern about folks spending hours
and hours on handheld devices and computers at the cost of social connection
and social relationship. But on the other side of that, we know that technology can
provide increased access to community and connection
and, perhaps, reduce loneliness. So I think there’s a lot of new work that needs to be done in that area. And just in conclusion,
it is indeed a time – I hope that this has sparked
some ideas for some of you, and, and you’ve become excited – that’s exciting but also of great concern. I imagine some of you are
reading things coming out about loneliness in our popular presses. So I hope that, while
you’re here at Silver, you’ll get involved in different
ways, because we are called by our mission as social workers to bring those who are
pushed to the margins, who are lonely, and who are
isolated, back into the fold. And how do we do that? We do that through our work, through our practice, and our research. So, again, welcome and
thank you for listening to this Grand Challenge. (audience and panelists applaud) DEBORAH PADGETT: Can you hear me now? It’s okay? Okay, good. So, welcome to all of you. I want to start with a
question and I want to ask you to hold up your hand if
you can remember a time when there were no homeless
people sleeping on sidewalks? Faculty, you don’t have to do this. (audience laughs) No offense, but, see, okay. How many of you were born before 1975? Okay. This tells you something, does it not? It’s a sad reminder
that, on any given day, about 500,000 people are
homeless in this country. And in any given year, 1.6
million people are homeless. Now, it’s not all bad news. In the past seven years, we’ve
had significant decreases in homelessness,
particularly among veterans and among chronically
homeless, but we still have, what is called, an epidemic
four decades later. So, this brings me to
the Grand Challenge of, oh goodness, I’m glad
I get away from that. Thank you. Ugh! Anyway, sorry. I didn’t know that was
up there, I apologize. Anyway, so back to the
Grand Challenge business. So we thought, what better
way to have a Grand Challenge than to talk about ending homelessness? So, this is fairly ambitious,
but I think tailor made for the social work profession. Our goals were to take
the best practices known and use research, policy advocacy,
and social work education to address this particular
daunting challenge. So my, the co-lead is Ben Henwood, who’s a former doctoral student of mine. And I am the co-lead along with him and this Grand Challenge has grown into a national collaboration with the Center for Excellence
in Homeless Services located at the University of Albany. And this is just one of the
example of the partnerships that we brought to bear in addressing this in a national social
work professional way. What the center has done
in Albany is really focus on social work education and including more about
curriculum and resources. So I urge you to go to
some of these websites, if you’re interested, and learn more. There’s webinars, there’s
a lot of resources about ending homelessness. And also, come see me because,
I didn’t put my email, but you can find me, because
I’m very interested in this and I have worked with students, both undergrad, and master’s,
and doctoral students. So, little closer to home, I just want to mention
that the Silver School is proudly the home of the
annual National Symposium on Solutions to End Youth Homelessness. This is an annual conference every spring, it will be June 2019,
and it draw, it has drawn over 3,000 providers, youth
advocates, and researchers. And we really seek to feature the latest in ending youth homelessness,
including rapid rehousing, family strengthening, and host homes. So I urge you to consider
that if you have time with all your studies next year. Okay, I’m going to end with a
shameless plug for the book. But I also want to say, this, for me, is the crux of the matter. We actually know how to end homelessness, and that’s to provide people with a home. And Housing First is the
approach that does this. This doesn’t require people
to jump through endless hoops of bureaucracy and
demonstrations of worthiness, but, in fact, gives them
a home as the stability and as the foundation for
recovering their lives. Housing First started in
New York City in 1992. I could spend hours, which I
won’t, of course, talking about what it would take to enact
it, but it has been adopted in Canada, in most
countries in Western Europe and New Zealand as the national policy. And it’s promoted by HUD,
here in this country, to move us away from shelters towards more permanent housing. So Housing First is, for me, the way to address this Grand Challenge. I think the longer-term fundamental causes you’re going to learn
about in your classes, and I know you’re familiar with these structural causes, the lack of affordable housing, the
idea that housing is a right, and that the inequalities we see in our society are producing this phenomenal, sad
epidemic of homelessness. So I’m going to end with something that I take
away from my grad student days, which I won’t tell you how
many years ago that was. But this is Maslow’s pyramid. And it’s come back to be useful to me in really underscoring the
importance of housing to achieving so much else in our clients’
lives, in our own lives, is, for me, housing is fundamental. So, thank you. (audience applauds) ERNEST GONZALES: Good morning. Let’s see where we’re at here. Oh, good, I could switch off that slide. As many of you know, possibly know, we are living longer than we have ever in the history
of mankind, of humankind. And one study suggests that
half of all the children who are born in Western
societies today will live to be a hundred years of age. And the other half are gonna
be pushing the boundaries of 80s and 90 years of age. So the implications of
population aging are profound. And so, you know, our Grand Challenge, it really not only asked the question, how can we maximize the
opportunity to live a long and productive life, but how can we live a
long, productive life that is filled with family, and community, and opportunities, and, just like Nicki had stated earlier, fun? How could we have that kind of life? And how can we not just have it for a few, but how can we have it for everyone? That’s the Grand Challenge
of Productive Aging. Often, when we think about
aging, a number of words that start with the letter D come to mind. And, indeed, that is a
deficits perspective. Productive Aging, which
has really been led by social workers, introduces
the notion of assets and strengths-based approach. And it asks us, what are the
implications for our research, for our education, for our
practice, for our advocacy when we let go of a deficits
perspective of population aging and we adopt an assets,
strength-based approach to it? So we define Productive
Aging as any activity that produces a good
or service for society whether paid for or not. And we could have a very,
very long conversation of what activities would fall
under this very big umbrella. But for the purpose of
our Grand Challenge, we really narrowed it to employment, volunteering,
and caregiving. And, as we continue to
develop the scholarship here, we have been steadfast to, to, what I believe, are social
work core values, values of inclusion, of equity, of
intergenerational cohesion, of choice, because we know, so often, that many individuals don’t
have choices for the occupations that they engage in, for the caregiving, or don’t have opportunities
for volunteering. So we’re constantly pushing
forward these core values. Under the right conditions, and, I have, you know, similar to Deborah,
we could go on for hours of, like, what does it mean, right conditions, but under the right conditions, we can yield multiple benefits
across a number of levels. So there’s emerging research to suggest that the type of work we do early in life and mid-life could reduce the
risk of Alzheimer’s disease. You know, that’s a silver
lining in population aging. Another study suggests
that formal volunteering by older adults saves our
country $40 billion a year. Informal caregiving saves
our country anywhere between a hundred and $500 billion a year. So we could do more to maximize
these positive outcomes through our scholarship, and our education, practice, and policy. Social work researchers
and you all, our students who graduate from our
programs, become the leaders that conceptualize programs, that implement those programs,
evaluate, and disseminate. It’s with you all that we
start to advocate on The Hill. It’s with you that we make
that impact with older adults. And so, in closing, I welcome you to NYU as well as my other colleagues. This is your new academic home. I challenge you to bring it. Bring your intellectual curiosity. Bring your sensibility to
diversity and inclusion. Bring your passion for the populations that you’re interested. And, you know, here are the
Grand Challenges and we will be with you for the next
two years and beyond. We continue to have good relationships with our students afterwards. So, welcome, that’s just a
little teaser, Productive Aging. And look forward to meeting each of you. (audience applauds) GUTERMAN: Okay, so we
have a little bit of time to have some, a little back
and forth conversation. I’m actually going to go
right, given the limited time, I want to sort of go right to the heart of, sort of
the present moment, right. So when, I mentioned, and
I think many of you know with me on stage, that the
Grand Challenges Initiative itself was really established
about five or six years ago. And your, each of your Grand
Challenges were mapped out about five years ago. In the way the world works now, five years is a long time ago. And so, I’m just thinking about
the national conversations, for example, around immigration, or around gender identity, or around race. How, are you thinking differently now than you did five or so years ago about your Grand Challenge? Is your network ajusting,
thinking differently, acting differently given where we’re
at at the current moment? PADGETT: I wish I could say
that homelessness has gotten so much better in the last five years. And we could, I, I will say, I think, that the Grand Challenges
were intended to capture as much as possible, sort of the sense of movement, forward movement. But I’d be the last person to
say we shouldn’t be flexible and looking ahead and
addressing these issues. And I think a lot of us among the Grand Challenges have talked about crosscutting issues. And immigration, and
racism, and social justice really underlies so many of these. So I think that’s, that’s
our Grand Challenge is how to integrate these newer issues. GONZALES Well, you know this
current political landscape, we could, this conversation
could get muddy very quickly. But just to, you know, think
about Michelle Obama when, you know, they go low, you go high. The issue for us, we’ve, you know, prior to this administration,
we had been observing that policymakers were
becoming very astute to evidence-based practice. And, you know, so we loved
that, we welcomed that, we started to do some
really rigorous research at the population level to
introduce the health benefits, what’s in, what’s needed in organizations to help older adults work. And what we’ve noticed
recently, however, is that policymakers, and I’m thinking about Dr. Martin’s introduction here, we have some policymakers who are not really reading
the literature anymore or simply reading the abstract and not going into real depth. And so, we have spent
over a decade documenting, you know, the institutional arrangements that do yield positive outcomes in work, and volunteering, and caregiving. But some politicians
across the nation have used that evidence to tie
the receipt of Medicaid to working, and that’s not the point. You know, they just simply say, well, because working is health-producing, now, in order to receive Medicaid, you have to demonstrate that
you’re searching for work. That is what we’ve never stated. So we’ve always been pointing to the organizational
mechanisms that yield that. And so now that we do lobby work, now that we are disseminating
this information, we’re happy to really sit
down with policymakers and almost go into the
guts of the research, which we didn’t typically
have to do in the past. So that’s a, a new thing. MUNSON: And I would just add
briefly, one of the first areas of the work of social isolation that I got involved with was
actually just a few years ago when we wrote a policy brief and we highlighted three
policies that folks wanted to focus on as part of
the Grand Challenge. And one of them was to
provide quality childcare to young families and
children because the data is so strong that that impacts
children and parents. Also a second was to focus on
reforming solitary confinement because of the damages that it’s shown. And, as I think about that question, as I listen to my colleagues, many of us are talking about,
yes we need to continue on with those key policies for loneliness and social isolation, but
because of the current moment, we meet, may need to be
working on a parallel process because data is emerging that people of color are
way disproportionately in solitary confinement. And we know with our
administration’s social policy, even if for a short while,
separating children and parents, that we’re gonna have to work
extra hard to engender trust and to get those folks to reach out, ’cause it’s hard enough
for an immigrant parent to reach out sometimes for
services and resources. So I think we need to remain
focused on those policies that we put forth, but really center them to the current moment in some ways. GUTERMAN: Thank you. Actually, I wanna go to the,
there was a question that one of our students sent in and I want to have you have
a chance to respond to. That’s Susan Scarangello,
who’s in the MSW class of 2020. Are you here, Susan? Oh, there you are. We’ll, actually, maybe have
your question coming up. There you are, look at that. (laughs) Did you know that was gonna happen? (Guterman laughs) I hope you’re comfortable
with that. (Guterman laughs) And, if not, we’re all just
uncomfortable from time to time. (Guterman and audience laugh) Having said that, let’s, let, I think your question is up here so we’ll just read that out. How has the development of the grand, 12 Grand Challenges
change your own approach to your work in the social work field? GONZALES: Productive Aging
is a relatively new concept and we need a lot more
development when it comes to, on, you know, lifelong training,
professional training, how do we implement it
into the curriculum, how can we disseminate this to employers and to volunteer organizations, et cetera. So we have what, one of the cool metrics that I think we could claim
with the Grand Challenge is that for the very first time, all
of the major institutions in social work have
come together and agreed on what the issues are. And to come to that consensus between the Academy, SSWR, CSWE, NASW, that is
already a big achievement, and it’s challenged us to think about, okay,
what are the implications not just for scholarship and
for research but, you know, for training, and for
education at the BSW, at the DSW, you know, all these other. So it’s really expanded our
thinking of the implications. PADGETT: Okay, so about a
year and a half ago, a group of NYU undergrads approached
me, and they had formed their own nonprofit to help the homeless. And they were doing
outreach, and giving food, and tampons, and blankets, and socks. But they said, I dunno how
they came across my book, and they said they really
wanted to do some research or make a difference in policy. So fast forward a year and
a half later, I’m working with those students, now
some of them are alumni, I’m working with some doctoral
students, and we’re really, we’ve done a street survey, we’re trying, we have some ins with city council members that we worked really hard to develop. And this is the kind of thing
for me that took me so long to get to this stage where I
could actually have some hope. These young people are doing
it, and it’s really given me just a whole lot of energy
around this issue is really working in this
kind of collaboration. MUNSON: Just briefly, I
think these leaders who, who came onboard in 2012 when I was a more junior
faculty member really shaped for the field, as Ernest
indicated as well, sort of, where can we focus? And having those things emerge
helped a younger scholar to think more clearly about
my work and how does it align with other folks. And that helped to
create, sort of, synergies across the nation, across
the world on people who are really trying to
enhance social relationships. And I think that’s, you
know, it’s a small outcome but I think also really
is needed in order to push this work forward in meaningful
ways and get things done. GUTERMAN: Okay, thank you. Maybe, perhaps, most relevant
to our incoming students, I’ll get to the point
a little bit, which is, how might Silver students
potentially engage in the Grand Challenges initiative either locally or nationally? And what, you have thoughts about that? MUNSON: I’ll start on this one. So I think, we have just
this great opportunity that our colleagues with
students put forward for Get Up for the Challenge
that you’re gonna hear about, and I just really encourage
you to get involved with that. Get involved with all of us and all of our other faculty here. Also, I would encourage
you to take a look at the book about the Grand
Challenges, articles that you have on your syllabus,
not just to read it, folks, but to think about, as your professors are up
holding discussions with you, for instance with, with
the work I’m doing, every case you get, whether it’s a neighborhood,
a community, a family, ask yourself, is this family isolated? What is causing that social isolation and how can I be a change
agent and a leverage to make a difference? We know you got into this world
class program for a reason and those are really meaningful ways that you can start
applying what might seem somewhat abstract into your classes, into the field immediately. So I would encourage you to do that. GONZALES: You know, I think that when we drafted the Grand Challenges, we really wanted students to run with it. You know, you all are the
makers and the shakers of our society for years to
come, along with us, absolutely. So, you know, initiate your
intellectual curiosity. You know, cross the boundaries
between Productive Aging and homelessness or, you
know, social isolation. Really make it your own and, and I’m excited to see
what you all do with it. GUTERMAN: Super. Actually, so one of the things
that some of the students in the room have done is
initiated a student-led competition and even branded it, NYU SilverUp4theChallenge: Connecting with the Grand Challenges. As far as we know, we think
this is the first school of social work in the United States to have a student-led initiative around the Grand Challenges. So this is an example of
stepping in, getting engaged, and moving forward. And so I’d like to ask Mary
Burns and Elijah Thompson who are both MSW Class of 2019. They can introduce you to the Up4theChallenge initiative. (audience applauds) MARY BURNS: Hello, everybody. Oh, can you hear me? Yes, okay. So thank you, Dean Guterman,
Dr. Padgett, Dr. Gonzales, and, of course, Dr. Munson. My name is Mary Burns. I am an continuing two-year MSW student. ELIJAH THOMPSON: My name is Eli Thompson, and I’m incoming Advanced
Standing student. BURNS: Elijah and I are
pleased to be associated with this great initiative
and feel privileged to share the details with you about the NYU SilverUp4theChallenge
Student Competition. THOMPSON: With an emphasis
on innovation, collaboration, and evidence, students,
you all, will be able to utilize critical thinking
to exercise creative and effective means for addressing social
problems and opportunities. We are very excited to
invite all students, new and continuing, to become
engaged and develop concept ideas that are designed to address
the most pressing social issues through application of the
Grand Challenges principles and social work values. Participation in this
challenge can be individual or group-based. Although a Silver student is required to be the project lead,
we allow and encourage those involved to engage
in cross-collaboration with students from different NYU programs such as Global Health and Law. In this competition,
students will be not only, not restricted to only
the Grand Challenges previously covered by our
wonderful faculty, but encouraged to explore all 12 Grand
Challenges based on your interest. BURNS: Yeah, so starting in September and throughout October, we’re going to be giving you more details about the competition,
including hosting in-person and online concept and idea workshops and information sessions. That’ll give, you know, all of you who are gonna be interested
a chance to brainstorm, learn more about the Grand Challenges
initiative, and hang out with Eli and I, which I
know is the real reason we’re all doing this. (audience laughs) So concepts are gonna be due in November when the Student Competition Review Panel, who are gonna be comprised of faculty and students like Elijah and
myself, who are going to review your concepts towards
the, towards the New Year, you know, you have some time, the Review Panel will select finalists who will then be assigned a faculty mentor who will help support your progress throughout the initiative. Then, towards the later end, towards the next semester,
chosen finalists are going to prepare a three-minute
poster presentation to be presented at the NYU SilverUp4theChallenge Student Competition
Presentation and Exhibition in April 2019. I know it’s a mouthful. So not only will all of the chosen finalists
receive monetary awards and recognition for participation, but the Student Competition
Scholar Selection Panel will designate one well-executed presentation as the Grand Challenges Scholar, who’s going to receive
additional awards and accolades. THOMPSON: Now please be
advised, more details will be made available in
mid-September through direct email and on-campus outreach. Please direct all questions,
thoughts, and concerns to our Grand Challenges alias,
which is [email protected] So in closing, we would just like to offer all incoming students a very
warm welcome to NYU Silver. We are very excited to work with you and engage with you throughout the year. We look forward to engaging
in this exciting opportunity through the GCSW competition. And without further ado, I
will turn it back to our dean. Thank you very much.
BURNS: Thank you so much. (audience and panelists applaud) GUTERMAN: Super. Okay, now I hope some of you
are up for the challenge, and you’ll be hearing more about it. And, so thank you also to
the faculty leaders on this. I think it was really fascinating as beginning conversations, and I’m hoping we’ll have
more as the year progresses. So thank you all very much.

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