Student Groups

Get involved in student government and the alliances at Silberman!

The Student/Faculty Senate is comprised of students who are elected by their peers to serve as senators each year. The student senators set an agenda for meetings typically held on the four Common Times each year. They work with the administration of the school to raise student concerns and seek solutions.

Each year there are an array of student groups at the School of Social Work developed based on the interests of past and current students. The active alliances in the recent past have been: the Anti-Racist Collective at Hunter College (ARCH); the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GASA); the Students of Color Collective (WOCC), the MindBodySpirit Alliance, the Multi-Faith and Spirituality Group, Men at Social Work, the OYR Student Alliance, and the Board of Student Representatives (BSR) which serves as an umbrella organization to the other alliances, coordinating student-led events.

If you are interested in becoming a member of one of these student groups, take note of flyers in the building announcing meetings and attend when you can. During orientation, representatives of these groups are generally available to talk with you. Students are encouraged to develop new groups and to “charter” their group if they wish to obtain funding to sponsor events at the school. If you are interested in starting a new group, please contact the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs on the third for more information.

Voices: The Silberman Journal of Social Work

Voices is a forum for the Silberman School of Social Work’s students, professors, and alumni to present and engage with scholarship that reflects academic rigor and the values of social work. Just as Silberman students, professors, and alumni regularly display professionally impassioned work in the field, many also create professional academic work. This scholarship deserves recognition for its merit and appreciation for its practical implications. We hope that Voices will serve not only as an annual showcase of Silberman work, but also as a motivation for us all to become scholars in addition to practitioners. To read the journal articles written by Silberman students, faculty, and alumni, and to learn how you can get involved in the process or submit your work next year, click here.

Board of Student Representatives (BSR)

The Board of Student Representatives (BSR) serves as the student government for the School. The BSR works with the alliances to organize Common Day and other student-led events. The BSR also meets regularly with the Dean, the Associate Dean for Academic and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, to advocate for and address student issues and needs, often joining with an alliance to pursue a specific agenda. A student representative is selected each year to represent the school at the Graduate Student Association at Hunter College.

Anti-Racist Collective at Hunter College (ARCH)

ARCH works to process and discuss the many issues surrounding race that we encounter every day with the goals of activism and change. ARCH works to bring thought-provoking and poignant events to the students at Silberman SSW.

Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GASA)

The Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GASA) is an alliance of students at the Silberman School of Social Work who are committed to the equity of all sexual orientations, genders, and identities. GASA seeks to promote inclusion, visibility, and sensitivity at Silberman of all sexual orientations, genders, and identities, especially in Silberman’s policies, spaces, and curriculum.

Social Workers for Single Payer Health Care

Social Workers for Single Payer Health Care is an alliance of social work students advocating for single payer health care. Single payer means publicly financed health care for everyone in America, also known as Improved and Expanded Medicare for All. Our goal is to get rid of the private health insurance system that puts profits ahead of patients.

Students of Color Collective (SOCC)

The Students of Color Collective is a student alliance that seeks to address the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality, and immigration status from the perspectives of students of color. Our mission is to unite and empower one another to become change agents while working towards anti-oppression, through direct action, critical dialogue, and grassroots organizing.