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NYU Professor Mary Leou


Clinical Professor of Environmental Conservation Education; Director of the NYU Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education, Department of Teaching and Learning

Dr. Mary Leou leads the Jane Wallerstein Children & Nature Project, an initiative that enables children and their teachers to explore, and connect to nature in the urban environment. The program provides hands-on activities in partner schools, and allows children to connect to nature through field trips and expeditions to natural areas. Classes visit areas like Inwood Hill Park, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Central Park, the New York Botanic Gardens or even Black Rock Forest in Millbrook, NY, where they discover wildlife and experience the variety of habitats in our local environment.

“Our Children & Nature program opens doors to nature and provides opportunities for children to explore the outdoors in a variety habitats, from parks, gardens, rivers to streams. These expeditions foster a sense of wonder and curiosity and help create lasting connections to nature in the city. Teachers are then empowered to continue explorations and develop environmental service learning projects at their schools and local communities.“

Susan B. Gerbino, MSW, PhD (SILVER)

NYU Professor Susan B. Gerbino, MSW, PhD

NYU Silver Clinical Professor Dr. Susan Gerbino is the founder and director of the School’s Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (PELC), which encompasses a range of initiatives designed to develop and mentor PELC social work leaders at all stages of their careers.

The program honors the legacy of Zelda Foster, a pioneer in the development of the hospice movement in the US, which has grown to include a four-year MSW Fellowship for NYU Silver students, an 18-month national Post Master’s Leadership Fellowship, a week-long summer institute in primary palliative care, and a new program in PELC with Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing clients, in addition to the original Post-Master’s Certificate program.

Dr. Gerbino explained, “As more Americans are living with serious and chronic illnesses, there is a growing need for well-trained social workers who can advocate for the needs of patients with serious illnesses and their loved ones. Social workers are a vital part of the interdisciplinary team, helping to give voice to vulnerable patients in order to improve quality of life, ensure access to adequate pain and symptom management and attend to the emotional needs of patients and their caregivers. Your contributions have helped NYU Silver fill this gap. Ours is one of the leading programs in the country that is developing a cadre of social work clinicians and leaders with the knowledge and skills to support patients and families as they negotiate the trajectory of illness, end-of-life care and bereavement.”

Program for Survivors of Torture - NYU Dentistry


The College of Dentistry successfully crowdfunded $6,367 exceeding their $5,000 goal by using the Rising Violets, NYU’s first crowdfunding initiative. The college currently provides dental services to more than 200 patients annually focusing on the special physical and psychological needs of the survivors. It is one of the only programs of its kind at dental school in the US. For students, it gives them an opportunity to give back and help their patients regain their dignity.

"Support to the Program for Survivors of Torture make it possible to expand the scope of this program. Your valuable contributions, large or small, enable us to bring more sophisticated care to more survivors. These people have survived some of the worst crimes against humanity. Our students really do bring a smile to their faces. Your support helps make them feel that someone really cares.” - Mark S. Wolff, DDS, PhD (DENTISTRY)