Shanée Smith, LMSW
As a Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) Coordinator placed at the School of Environmental Studies in midtown Manhattan, Shanée is responsible for designing and implementing comprehensive curricula addressing dating abuse to youth, caregivers and school-based professionals. Additionally, she provides individual/ group counseling and supportive services to those impacted by dating and intimate partner violence. Shanée recently received her Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, where she analyzed contemporary social issues (i.e., domestic violence, homelessness, mass incarceration, etc.) from a micro-to-macro lens.
During Shanée’s first year at Columbia School of Social Work, she became a part of the social work team at the Facing History School in midtown Manhattan, where she cultivated safe and supportive spaces for high school students to engage in continuous conversations around issues pertaining to complex trauma and the impact of systems of oppression on the developmental life course. In the latter half of her two-year program, Shanée completed her internship at Art Start, an organization that offers creative workshops to New York City youth inside homeless shelters, alternative to incarceration programs, and partnering youth agencies. Shanée currently serves as a teaching artist through Art Start, facilitating performance arts workshops at Covenant House family shelter for young mothers.
As a practicing social worker, Shanée dedicates much of her time to exploring ways art can be utilized as a tool for healing in the midst of interpersonal and community-based trauma. A quote that resonates with her in her work at Day One is “freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another,” by Toni Morrison.