Student Profile

Ashley Taubman, CUSSW '11

Ashley Taubman


Ashley is a recent 2011 graduate from Columbia University with a Masters degree in Advanced Clinical Social Work with a focus in Health, Mental Health and Disabilities, and International Social Welfare. The education that Columbia University School of Social Work provided strengthened her clinical skills on a global scale and crystallized her desire to become part of the movement to achieve the 2015 United Nations Millennium Development Goals. 
Ashley has had the opportunity to receive credits towards her degree at The School of International and Public Affairs, where she enrolled in the course “Islam in South Asian Politics”. She also received credits from The Mailman School of Health where she enrolled in the course, "SRH and HIV/AIDS: Clinical, Policy, and Program Perspectives". 
Ashley possesses an immense interest in global social challenges and has traveled the world and back. She has worked with vulnerable populations such as Tibetan Refugees in Dharamsala, India; under-served school children in Bali, Indonesia; and post-traumatic stress victims of the Israeli Defense Force in Tel-Aviv.
Most recently, Ashley assisted with on-site disaster relief efforts in Haiti. With a desire to promote awareness and foster worldwide education, Ashley shared her experiences in Haiti by presenting at The Madras School of Social Work’s International Social Work Conference on Development and Equity for a Global Society – Emerging Concerns, in Chennai, India. Upon her return back to CUSSW, the paper that she submitted to the conference was selected to be published in the 2011 Columbia University School of Social Work Review. 
Ashley is a new member of the National Association of Social Workers as well a new member of UNICEF’s Next Generation; where she is working towards the mission of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger across the globe in collaboration with steering committee members, Lauren Bush and Jenna Bush Hager.
Ashley continues to pursue a career in the fields of international development and globalization. She is looking forward to joining the Friendship Ambassadors project to discuss the success of the Millennium Development Goals at the 10th United Nations Youth Assembly in January 2012.