The Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice is grounded in the Jesuit philosophy of homines pro aliis, men and women for others. We work to create mutually beneficial relationships rooted in a respect for the dignity of all persons. At Fordham, we want our students to reach their full potential of mind and heart beyond the self by serving in and learning from our surrounding communities. We provide our students with the tools to explore their experiences together connecting service, justice, community and spirituality. By encouraging our students to engage in praxis -an ongoing process of action and reflection- we are able to support and challenge them to fully engage in and learn from their experiences. Seeking the faith that does justice, we encourage our students to use their two feet of social action, learning solidarity through serving directly and seeking social change. At Fordham, we recognize our responsibility to the community in which we are established and to which we are connected. We serve as a liaison between the Fordham community and the local community offering a variety of University resources and access to support the exceptional work of our community partners.
Aligned with Fordham’s mission as a Jesuit university, the Service Learning Program, under the auspices of the Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice, aims to form students in a “well-educated solidarity.” As a living-learning initiative, service learning offers students an opportunity to expand their academic experience by bridging together service in the community to an underrepresented group with the learning resources of a course. Service Learning at Fordham takes two forms: the Interdisciplinary Seminar where students initiate the connection between a course and service in the community, and Integrated Service-Learning courses, where all enrolled students in a SL designated course are using their service in the community as a learning resource.
Social Justice Leader Program
The Social Justice Leader Program strives to develop a diverse group of student leaders that serve as liaisons to the Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice (DDCSJ), the Fordham community and the local Bronx and NYC community. The Center provides training & social analysis, resources and other support to foster leadership.