Nadaya Brantley

Assistant Director of BSSW Field Education

Nadaya joined the field office in January 2011 as an Internship Placement Coordinator.  She is a graduate of Syracuse University (’04 UG and ’06 MSW) is currently the Assistant Director of BSSW Field Education in the David B. Falk College, School of Social Work Field Education Office. Her practice areas include work with adolescents, developmental disabilities, mental health, and incarcerated populations. She is an advisor for the BSSW students and serves on the BSSW Program Committee.

Nadaya has served as advisor for several student organizations including SU-NAACP, SU-Special Olympics of New York, and the Juvenile Urban Mentoring Program (J.U.M.P. Nation).

As a systems thinker, she believes that, in the words of bell hooks, “there must exist a paradigm, a practical model for social change that includes an understanding of ways to transform consciousness that are linked to efforts to transform structures.” Nadaya’s research interests include exploring intersectional identities and educational equity in higher education through a critical race theory lens.


Ph.D. Cultural Foundations of Education, Syracuse University (in progress)

Master of Social Work (MSW), Syracuse University (2006)

Bachelor of Science (Major: Social Work), Syracuse University (2004)

Associates of Science (Major: Business Administration), Onondaga Community College (1998)


Areas of Interest: race & ethnicity, higher education, disability, social work policy, field education & educational equity.


SWK 611: Social Welfare Policy and Services (MSW Online)

SWK 671/672/771/772: Field Instruction I, II, III, IV

SWK 436/446: Field Integrative Seminar I & II

SWK 435/445: Field Practicum I & II

SWK/HTW/QSX 437: LGBTQ Health and Well Being

SWK 301: Foundations of Social Work Practice

HSH 101: First Year Gateway (Co-Instructor)

SEM 100: First Year Seminar Experience (Facilitator)