James Sampson Jr., MDiv., MSW

James Christopher Sampson Junior is a class of 2020 graduate at the illustrious Columbia University School of Social Work (CSSW). Before he arrived at CSSW, he enrolled at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and completed his Master of Divinity program in 2016. He also graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA., in 2012. In 2017, James ordained at Saint Claire Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, IL. Where he also served as an assistant pastor. After he graduated from seminary, he worked for the Syracuse City Public schools and volunteered at the Mary Nelson Center. During his time at CSSW, Reverend Sampson interned at the Urban Justice Center-Mental Health Project and a former intern at the Harlem United Adult Daycare Health Center. He provided services for clients who were HIV positive, Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, and other life-threatening illnesses. He was also a fellow for the Minority of Fellowship Program Counsel of Social Worker Education 2019-2020, a former board member of the National Association of Social Workers New York City Chapter; a member of Association of Black Social Workers New York City Chapter; as well as one of the former leaders of the Black Caucus as well. Currently he is a Yogi and the Social Worker of the Boy’s Club of NYC Gerry Clubhouse located in East Harlem.