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Post Graduate Discernment Opportunities and Resources

"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 First Year Experience 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, 212-636-6696,

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, 914-36-3420,

KATE CAVANAGH, MSW: Associate Coordinator of Service-Learning 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 anti-racist organizing with educators and social workers as well as in conflict resolution with youth.
Dorothy Day Center for Service & Justice, 212-636-7464,

KATHERYN CRAWFORD, MSW: Assistant 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

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, 914-367-3420,

SANDRA LOBO-JOST, MSW: Director of the Dorothy Day Center for Service & Justice, received her Masters in Social Work from Fordham University and has worked on immigration rights, youth issues and community organizing.
Dorothy Day Center for Service & Justice, 718-817-4510,

THERESA MURPHY: Coordinator of Global Outreach at the Lincoln Center Campus.  She served as a Jesuit Volunteer from 2006-2007 in Phoenix, AZ where she worked as a life skills facilitator at a refugee resettlement agency.  She is currently an MA student in the International Political Economic and Development program.
Global Outreach, 212-636-6269,

JENNIFER M. MUSSI, PH.D.: Assistant to the Vice President for University Mission and Ministry and coordinated the Transitions Senior Year Experience program in the Office of Student Leadership and Community Development for ten years before joining the Division of University Mission and Ministry. Jennifer regularly leads Fordham students through post-graduate leadership development workshops and reflective exercises. 
Office of the Vice President for University Mission and Ministry, 718-817-3012, 

EMILY WILANT: Administrator of Global Outreach at Rose Hill. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova in 2008 where she taught English as a foreign language. From 2008-2009, she was an AmeriCorps Volunteer at Heifer International Learning Center at Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas where she facilitated hands-on experiential education programs.
Global Outreach, (718) 817-0883,

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