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Social Work

Department of Social Work Overview

The Department of Social Work offers a Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) degree, which prepares students for entry-level generalist urban practice and provides a local and global context for understanding and addressing the experiences of people and societies. The department also offers a unique Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, which focuses on generalist practice in the first year and on disability studies in either clinical practice or macro practice in the specialization year.
Please Note: For 2022 and 2023 admissions, the macro track is on hiatus while we reassess the track.

The BSSW and the MSW Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


What are some obtainable positions for BSSW Graduates?

  • Caregiver Education Specialist
  • Crisis Intervention – Social Worker
  • Waiver Service Provider 
  • Case Coordinator
  • Activist
  • Patient Navigator
  • Quality Improvement Coordinator
  • Counselor 
  • Disability Coordinator
  • Nursing Home - Social Worker
  • Family Foster Care - Social Worker

What are some obtainable positions for MSW Graduates?

  • Case Coordinator
  • Program Coordinator
  • Youth Training and Development Coordinator
  • Addiction Treatment Counselor 
  • Trainer Consultant 
  • Hospital Social Worker
  • Counselor/Mediator
  • Child & Family Therapist 
  • Senior Crisis Services Coordinator
  • Care Management Specialist
  • Fee-for-Service Social Worker
  • School Social Worker
  • Community Organizer
  • Human Service Organization Management and Administration

Social Work Faculty & Staff

Faculty are developing and disseminating cutting edge research in the areas of gerontology, disability studies both in the U.S. and internationally, alcohol and drug problems, feminist theory, critical multiculturalism, environmental sustainability, healthcare for children and adults with disabilities, and the social inclusion of children with developmental disabilities. Faculty are also studying social work education, drawing upon research about social constructionism to inform and guide transformative social work practices.

  • Ilyssa Silfen
  • Constance Stafford
  • Damarie Tavarez
  • Hal Angel
  • Jacqueline Blake-Santiago
  • Andrea Brognano
  • Maryann Clark
  • Kristen Csaby
  • Dawn Daniels
  • Tonya Davis-Taylor
  • Nicole Delprete
  • Alexa Donnelly
  • Mohammed Farid Alam
  • Tracyavonn Ford
  • Katrina Hannan
  • D’Arcy Hearn
  • Gigi Lipman
  • Adele McMahon
  • Christine O’Neill
  • Folusho Otuyelu
  • Ashley Owen
  • Caterina Pisiotta
  • Jacquelyn Sanders
  • Constance Stafford
  • Lauren Beth Tacconi
  • Salome Thompson
  • Jessica Torres
  • Asiya Vickers

To be considered for membership in the Tau Omega Chapter of Phi Alpha, the Social Work Honor Society, Undergraduate students must be in their senior year of the social work program at CSI. They must have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a Social Work GPA of 3.25. Graduate students must have a minimum of 12 credit hours and an overall GPA of 3.5

Classroom in Department of Social Work at CUNY CSI

Our department has its own classroom within the Department of Social Work suite. It is a media-equipped classroom, which enhances student learning.

Student Lounge in Department of Social Work at CUNY CSI

Our department's student lounge is open to all BSSW and MSW students. It serves as a space for students to study, socialize, and organize.

Main Lobby in Department of Social Work at CUNY CSI

Seating area for students and visitors

North Administration Building
Building 2A, Room 201
Willowbrook Campus

Department Contact

Christine Flynn Saulnier

Chairperson, Professor

Email Christine Flynn Saulnier

Ilyssa Silfen

Administrative Assistant

Email Ilyssa Silfen

Paul Archibald

MSW Program Director

Email Paul Archibald

Patti Gross

BSSW Program Director

Email Patti Gross