Silberman Aging, located in the historic neighborhood of East Harlem, New York City, is a Hartford Center of Excellence in Diverse Aging. The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College was designated by the John A. Hartford Foundation as the home to one of only five Centers of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work across the country, selected primarily for the faculty and administration’s commitment to academic-community partnerships and demonstrated expertise and leadership in research, education, and policy related to diverse aging.

Silberman Aging promotes inter-professional, community-focused leadership in social work in aging by developing and supporting initiatives through its intersecting Education, Training and Lifelong Learning; Research; and Policy and Communications cores led by faculty at the Silberman School of Social Work. All of the Center’s activities support healthy aging among older adults, with an emphasis on developing and disseminating knowledge on the complex needs of racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, and LGBT older adults.



Our mission is to promote the health and wellbeing of underserved and underrepresented older adults and their families through community-engaged education, research, and advocacy.


At Silberman Aging: A Hartford Center of Excellence in Diverse Aging, we are committed to building community partnerships and strengthening community capacity to achieve social justice for older adults in diverse, urban communities by transforming services across systems to meet the complex and unmet needs of racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, and LGBT older adults.