Our Story

History of GO!

GO!'s roots stretch back as far as the 1950s, when Fordham students were participating in various service and immersion projects. In the 1970s and 1980s, it became known as the Mexico project. In 1988, students coined the name Global Outreach. Building on the Jesuit tenets of Men and Women for Others, Magis, and Contemplatives in Action, GO! has grown over the years to include more than 30 projects throughout the United States and countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. 

Milestones
  • 2002 GO! started at Lincoln Center  
  • 2002 the Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA), National Association of Diocesan Directors of Campus Ministry (NADDCM), and the National Catholic Student Coalition (NCSC) publicly recognized Global Outreach in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Bishops conference as one of seven programs in the nation that were exemplary in fulfilling the vision of the 1985 US Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Campus Ministry and its success in educating for justice.
  • 2003 The Matthew J. Lavan Endowed Scholarship was established
  • 2004 First GO! alumni project
  • 2004 First GO! Gala
  • 2005 GO! became an autonomous office under Mission Integration and Planning
  • 2005 The Peter Aquilone Service Award was established
  • 2006 GO! was recognized by the Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA), National Association of Diocesan Directors of Campus Ministry (NADDCM), and the National Catholic Student Coalition (NCSC) as one of the "Best of the Best" Exemplary programs in the past seven years
  • 2008 The Eileen Ahern Sullivan and Francis J. Sullivan Endowed Scholarship Fund was established
  • 2010 The Richard Juelis and Family Endowed Scholarship was established 
  • 2010 The Damian F. Arno Endowed Scholarship became part of GO!
  • 2013 Andrea Stella Scholarship was established