Meryl Makielski

Meryl Makielski is a current graduate student at New York University Silver School of Social Work completing her field placement at the Zolberg Institute and focusing on international social work’s role in fostering connections between direct practice with immigrants, asylees, and refugees and global migration policy. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights and Fine Art from the University of Dayton. Meryl’s ongoing research interests are on displaced communities, reintegration, and capacity-building strategies. She has worked with community organizations assisting homeless and low-income adults and families in Chicago, Appalachia, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and with aboriginal communities in Perth, Australia. Prior to her move to New York City, Meryl held the position of K-12 Family Adjustment Counselor with Catholic Charities of Chicago’s Refugee Resettlement Program, servicing families from Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Meryl is a current fellow in NYU’s B. Robert Williamson Jr. Adaptive Leadership Fellowship Program and serves on the Advisory Council of Arab American Family Support Center in Brooklyn, where she also volunteers as an ESL-tutor.