The GO! NOLA team partners with community organizations involved with ongoing rebuilding and relief efforts in neighborhoods affected by Hurricane Katrina. They will help to paint, fix up, and refurbish homes in the area and learn about housing as it relates to human rights. The students explore how the effects of Katrina have changed and shaped the city and how the community has responded to issues of injustice. They meet with a Katrina storyteller, participate in a contextualized driving tour of the city and speak with community organizers about justice, race, power and community resilience. The students also have the opportunity to explore the unique NOLA culture and get to know the city in fun and interesting ways through local museums, food, music and history.
"GO! New Orleans has given me life long friendships and has been one of the best experiences here at Fordham. It has showed me through interaction what it means to be human even if faced with devastation. I left New Orleans with a great piece of advice. 'Too blessed to be stressed' and a positive outlook on life."
-Nusrat Jahan FCLC '13
"Whenever you want to talk about your GO! trip, people always ask how it affected you. But they don't understand that when you want to -- no, when you need to -- talk about your GO! trip it isn't about you. GO! is about something much larger, so much more beautiful, and so much more special, that words can't really get around it."
-Jeffrey Cipriano FCLC '14