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First-Generation M.S.W. Graduate Champions NYC Asylum Seekers

First-Generation M.S.W. Graduate Champions NYC Asylum Seekers

For years, Erica Vargas, GSS ’23, was a teller at Chase Bank. Her branch was a short walk away from Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus.  “I would actually go to Lincoln Center [Performing Arts Center] on my lunch break,” she said. “And I would see Fordham and say, ‘That’s such a beautiful campus.’” Vargas’s mother immigrated […]

Fordham GSS Alumni Block Party Highlights Social Work’s Impact

Fordham GSS Alumni Block Party Highlights Social Work’s Impact

There’s no better way to kick off the summer than to connect with friends and colleagues. On Friday, June 7, members of the GSS community did exactly that, gathering in the Bateman room at Fordham’s Law School for a GSS Reunion at the 2024 Fordham Alumni Block Party! Block Party festivities began at 4 p.m. […]

Two Fordham GSS Students Selected to NYSSWEA Board

Two Fordham GSS Students Selected to NYSSWEA Board

The Graduate School of Social Service is proud to announce that two of our Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) students have been selected to serve as student board members for the New York State Social Work Education Association (NYSSWEA). The two students selected are Taylor Fields and Bryan Jimenez. We had the chance to ask […]

From Journalism to Social Work, A Search for Connection

From Journalism to Social Work, A Search for Connection

As a journalist, Madelynn Schulte, GSS ’21, didn’t find the connection she wanted. She’d planned it all out in undergrad. Schulte wanted a profession where no two days were the same, and your job was to engage with others. And what’s at the heart of a good story? Relationships. How else could you facilitate a […]

Study Unveils Stigmas Facing Khwaja Sira (Third-Gender) Community in Swat, Pakistan

Study Unveils Stigmas Facing Khwaja Sira (Third-Gender) Community in Swat, Pakistan

The khwaja sira community in Pakistan, identified as third-gender people, has long faced severe social marginalization. A new study co-authored by Fordham GSS Assistant Professor Sameena Azhar, Ph.D., Maria Mercedes Guzman Herrera, GSS ’23, and Riya Lerner, GSS ’24, examines this community’s lived experiences in the Swat Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and the stigma and discrimination […]

Social Workers: If You’re Confused by AI, You’re Not Alone

Social Workers: If You’re Confused by AI, You’re Not Alone

Feeling left behind in this dizzying age of artificial intelligence (AI)? You’re not the only one, says Fordham GSS Professor Lauri Goldkind, Ph.D. Goldkind and colleagues Clara Berridge, Ph.D., and John Bricout, Ph.D., recently wrote a piece for the National Association of Social Workers’ spring 2024 edition of its digital magazine Social Work Advocates, noting […]

An M.S.W. Helped This Alumna Climb the Career Ladder

An M.S.W. Helped This Alumna Climb the Career Ladder

Tamika Mcknight-Ray wants to dispel the idea that social workers can’t make a good wage.  She’s living proof of the opposite. Mcknight-Ray said that since earning her M.S.W. from Fordham in 2017, she has received a promotion every year as a government agency employee—and her salary has almost tripled. She thanks Fordham’s program for her […]

‘A Moment of Reflection’: M.S.W. Grad Pursues Passion After Career in Finance

‘A Moment of Reflection’: M.S.W. Grad Pursues Passion After Career in Finance

Frankie Heppell, GSS ’24, thinks humans are meant to do hard things—and she’s living proof.  Climbing the corporate ladder from a call center representative to the head of global strategy for Credit and Collections at American Express was hard. Moving from London to New York—knowing no one in the country and with two small children—was […]

The Future of Social Work: Fordham GSS Celebrates the Class of 2024

The Future of Social Work: Fordham GSS Celebrates the Class of 2024

Social work now has 650 new changemakers. On Tuesday, May 21, at 10 a.m., the Graduate School of Social Service celebrated our Class of 2024 with a diploma ceremony on Edwards Parade at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus.  “I really cannot say enough good things about GSS as a school and the people that are such […]

2024 Graduation Award Recipients

2024 Graduation Award Recipients

The Graduate School of Social Service is proud to announce the award and scholarship recipients for the Class of 2024. For more on the 2024 Commencement, please visit our website. 2024 Graduation Student Speaker Melanie Elizabeth Hills “This is for sure such a huge honor, that I wasn’t expecting at all. I have loved every moment […]