Justin Lerner is a PhD candidate at New York University Silver School of Social Work. He has a master’s degree in public administration from New York University, an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis and a BA in psychology from Washington University.
At NYU, Lerner taught classes on diversity, racism, oppression and privilege; social welfare policies and programs; practice with groups; and an intergroup dialogue class on gender. He has co-authored several articles on social justice for transgender people and on creating a social justice agenda in the classroom.
For seven years, he was assistant director at the Goddard Residential College at New York University. He also worked as the LGBTQ outreach and engagement program director at the Jewish Community Center in Washington, D.C., was a therapist at So Others Might Eat (SOME), and served as a policy fellow for the State of Maryland. In 2011, while at NYU, he received the Hallmark Award for Diversity for his commitment to social justice and advancing diversity.