Social work students visit agencies in New York City during Mirken immersion trip

Students posed outside museum entrance
Students outside the Tenement Museum during the 2017 Mirken immersion trip.

Each spring, faculty, students and staff from the School of Social Work embark on a three-day journey to the New York City area for the Alan B. Mirken New York City Social Work Immersion Trip, sponsored by the Alan B. and Barbara Mirken Foundation, designed to help students to learn how U.S. social welfare developed. This year during the spring 2017 trip, 14 undergraduate social work students made visits to Mount Sinai Hospital, the Tenement Museum, and spent a half-day at the Goddard Riverside Community Center, where they ate lunch with the elderly.

“The Alan B. Mirken immersion trip to New York City provides our undergraduate students the opportunity to interface with human service agencies on a one-on-one basis,” says Keith Alford, Ph.D., A.C.S.W., director of the school of social work. “Each visit to various agencies and settings in New York City provides a rich dialogue between the students and the agency personnel.”