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GSS Doctoral Candidate Wins CSWE Student Award


Graduate School of Social Service Ph.D. student Tanzilya Oren has been awarded the 2021 Community Partnership Action Award by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Congratulations, Tanzilya!

The award was announced by the CSWE’s Commission for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice, to “honor the contributions of schools and departments of social work and social work students (BSW, MSW, PhD/DSW) in advancing community partnership action.” It will be presented at the Carl A. Scott Memorial Lecture at this year’s Annual Program Meeting, which will take place from Nov. 4 – 7, 2021 in Orlando, FL.

From the award page:

Tanzilya Oren is a PhD candidate in social work at the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University. She researches transformative organizing in the communities of asylum seekers and refugees and asylum and refugee policies and practices. Tanzilya is a New York State-licensed master social worker, a community-engaged researcher, and a refugee advocate. She works as an education advisor at RIF Asylum Support and coordinates a project on access and use of mental health services by women asylum seekers at Fordham University. She is a member of the advisory group on social work education at the International Movement ATD Fourth World. She serves on the advisory committee of the New York University English Language Institute’s Collaborative for New Immigrant Education. After a career in women’s rights and civil society development in Uzbekistan and South Africa, since 2010 she has worked in New York in immigrant services. She was certified as a career counselor at the New York State Department of Labor, where she provided career services to immigrant workers in the pilot Immigrant Workforce Project. Later she managed and developed the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center at the English-Speaking Union of the United States. She holds an MSc in social work from Columbia University and a combined MA/BA in teaching and English from Samarkand University.

To read more about Tanzilya and this award, visit the CSWE website.

Special thanks to GSS Associate Professor Marciana Popescu, Ph.D., Oren’s advisor, for this student success submission.


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