Fordham Students Take Leadership Training at U.N.Contact: Janet Sassi
Nineteen competitively-selected Fordham students and four faculty and administrative representatives took part in a day-long leadership training session at the United Nations on Friday, Nov. 17, as part of Fordham’s United Nations Leadership Development Initiative for tri-state area students from Catholic colleges and universities. The students are responsible for designing and implementing several University-wide programs to support the United Nations Millennium Campaign and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
The MDGs were adopted unanimously in 2000, with an eye toward implementation by 2015. The 189 U.N. member states have pledged to eradicate poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, ensure environmental sustainability, combat HIV/Aids and other diseases, and to develop a global partnership for development.
The Fordham students were chosen by a committee headed by Nina Longino, assistant dean, Office of Multicultural Programs, from a pool of 60 applicants. Longino will oversee the programming for the team’s initiatives, which will be available by the end of the fall term.
Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,600 students in its five undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan and Tarrytown, and the Louis J. Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.