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Sandra Lobo Jost
Rose Hill
Lincoln Center 

Sandra Lobo Jost has been the Director of the Community Service Program since 1998 working to shift the focus of our programming and resources from charity to justice. During her tenure here, she has overseen the expansion of the CSP from one to four full-time staff members, the creation of the Service-Learning Program, and the addition of the Lincoln Center office. Prior to holding this position she lived and worked in Newark, NJ running the after-school program and senior center at the Ironbound Girls and Boys Club.  She has volunteered with organizations in the Bronx and abroad in India, Jamaica and Ecuador, working with groups such as Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. She graduated from Fordham College with a degree in Urban Studies, and holds an MSW from Fordham's Graduate School of Social Service.  Sandra sits on the Board of Directors of Unitas Therapeutic Community and the Advisory Board of National Student Partnerships.  A first generation immigrant from Portugal, Sandra is committed to working for peace and justice in our world and helping form change agents of our students.

Melissa Alvarenga
Associate Coordinator of Service-Learning
Rose Hill


Melissa joined the CSP in August 2007 as the Associate Coordinator of Service-Learning at the Rose Hill campus.  She comes from Los Angeles, CA where she did her undergraduate work at Loyola Marymount University, earning a degree in Communication Studies and English.  Melissa then volunteered  with Good Shepherd Volunteers for one year serving as a counselor to 40 young adults aging out of foster care, teaching the tools needed to be independent individuals.  She brings facilitation skills and guidance experience from her year of service to her work at the Community Service Program.  Influenced by her own family history and experiences as a first-generation Latina, Melissa has worked in solidarity with many organizations moving towards reconciliation and progress for all.  She brings a passion for justice and is excited to help build the Service-Learning Program to better serve the Bronx and Fordham communities. 

Caitlin Becker
Associate Coordinator of Community Service
Rose Hill

Caitlin joined the CSP in August 2006 coordinating Community Service and Service-Learning efforts on the Rose Hill campus.  With the addition of a new full-time staff member to coordinate Service-Learning in August 2007, Caitlin is now able to focus on better preparing students to work in the community, offer space for all students to critically reflect on their experiences, and expand outlets for advocacy and organizing to students interested in working for social change.  She came to us after completing a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in San Diego, CA where she taught life skills at a shelter for homeless and runaway teens.  Caitlin graduated from Boston College with a degree in English and Communication Studies and was involved in many community service and service-learning efforts in Boston, the Appalachia region, and Mexico.  She is currently pursuing graduate studies in Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service and sits on the Local Advisory Board for National Student Partnerships.

Kate Cavanagh
Associate Coordinator of Community Service & Service-Learning
Lincoln Center

Kate joined the CSP in August 2007 as the Associate Coordinator of Community Service and Service Learning at Lincoln Center.  She was raised in Northwest New Jersey and came to Fordham Lincoln Center in 2001 where she did her undergraduate work in Social Work and Religious Studies.  Upon graduation, she attended Hunter College School of Social Work's Masters' program concentrating in Community Organizing.  Kate worked with FEGS in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and with Fort Greene Strategic Neighborhood Action Partnership on the Health Committee during her social work internships.  While at Hunter, she participated in the People's Institute's Undoing Racism workshop, which deepened her commitment to educating students on the impact of systemic racism on themselves and their communities.  She is trained in Paulo Freire methodology as a popular educator and co-facilitates trainings for educators and organizers at the Brecht Forum.  She is thrilled to be back at Fordham working for the Community Service Program, which supported her in developing her passion for peace and social justice.






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