Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

"There is a call to all of us, a call to service-
that we join with others to try to make things better in this world."-Dorothy Day

Post Graduate Discernment Opportunities and Resources

We offer programming to help students discern their next steps after leaving Fordham University.  In this role, we help students navigate the many opportunities to engage in full-time post-graduate service or paid non-profit work.  In addition to our services, we have also compiled a list of different volunteer programs that are now accepting applications for domestic and international positions.

Mission and Ministry, comprised of Campus Ministry, The Dorothy Day Center for Service & Justice, and Global Outreach, offers a variety of resources to help you discern your vocation.  We believe that part of your Jesuit educational experience includes discerning your vocation.  We hope that after graduation, you do not simply pursue a job, but reflect on your talents and interests and allow your passion and conscience to direct you to work that will bring you joy while making our world a better place. 

If you are considering a volunteer program after graduation, please explore these options being offered:
Exploring the Volunteer Option Reflection Questions
Post Graduate Volunteer Organizations
Americorps Educational Award (download)
Loan Deferment

If you are considering working in the non-profit and public sector,  you might want to check out the following websites:

Contact the Mission and Ministry Post-Graduation Vocational Discernment Staff

vincent decola, sj:Assistant Dean for the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham College Lincoln Center, is a great resource to provide information around JVC Domestic & International volunteer opportunities and NY Nativity Schools, where volunteers teach in an urban setting geared to help middle school students from very low-income families.
FCLC, (212)
JOAN P. CAVANAGH, MA, MS: Director of Campus Ministry at the Westchester Campus, is available to provide any assistance or support around the discernment process.  She holds Master’s degrees in Theology (Seminary of the Immaculate Conception Seminary, '96) and Counseling (Fordham University GSE '05) and, trained as a hospital chaplain (achieving Advanced Standing in ACPE and certification in the National Association of Catholic Chaplains) and as a bereavement counselor through Calvary Hospital.  Campus Ministry, (914) 367-3420, 

KATHERYN CRAWFORD, lMSW: Associate Coordinator in the Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice.  She has a Master’s in Social Work with a focus in community organizing.  She has worked around youth organizing in high schools within the NY Public School System. Dorothy Day Center for Service & Justice, (212) 636-7464,
JUSTIN FREITAS, MSW: Associate Coordinator of Service-Learning at Rose Hill, earned his MSW from Fordham’s School of Social Service. His areas of organizing include intentional anti-racist conversations, LGBTQIQ issues, sexism, and disability studies. His time as a student intern and Trainer/Organizer with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB) “Undoing RacismTM” Workshops has expanded his experience with city-wide efforts to address institutional racial biases. Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice, (718) 817-4510, 

CAROL GIBNEY, MSW:  Associate Director of Campus Ministry for Lincoln Center and Director of Ignatian Programs, coordinates volunteer opportunities for staff, students and faculty.  She is an adjunct and Faculty Advisor with Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service.
Campus Ministry, (212) 636-6318, 

bethany hartzell hugghins: Associate Coordinator in the Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice, received her Bachelor of Arts from New York University's Gallatin School. She has worked as a tenant organizer and housing advocate in a number of non-profit and community organizations in New York City. The Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice, (212) 636-7464,
erin hoffman, msw, ma: Assistant Director of Campus Ministry for Spiritual Programs, is available to support you in your discernment process.  She served as an Amate House volunteer in Chicago where she taught 4th grade after college and completed an internship with a community-development foundation in the Philippines in graduate school.  At Fordham, Erin coordinates retreats (such as the Charis Senior Retreat) and Christian Life Communities for students.  She has Masters degrees in Social Work with a Global Practice concentration and Pastoral Ministry. Campus Ministry, (718) 817-4509,

Sandra Lobo, MSW: Director of the Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice, received her masters in Social Work from Fordham University and has worked on immigration rights, yout issues and community organizing. The Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice, (718) 817-4510,

conor o'kane, ma: Conor hold's a BA and an MA from Boston College, and is the Associate Director of Campus Ministry at Fordham University.  JVI (Jesuit Volunteers International) Toledo, Belize '00-'02. Conor worked as a DRE, Teacher and Teacher trainer with Creole and native Mayan communities in rural Belize, a small Central American country.  Conor has 10 years of experience working abroad and coordinating post graduate discernment and programming, and he's a great person to talk to if you're thinking about volunteering. (718) 817-4501, 
emily wilant, ma: Coordinator of Global Outreach at Rose Hill, received her Master's in International Political Economy and Development (IPED) from Fordham University. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova and spent an AmeriCorps year in Perryville, Arkansas, at Heifer International Learning Center at Heifer Ranch where she facilitated hands-on experiential education programs. Global Outreach, (718) 817-0883,

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