Community Builders

Building Healthy Communities

At Fordham University, we take a broad view of community impact. Our alumni define their lives as being more and doing more for the world, especially in the areas of health, education, social work, and law. Explore our programs below.

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Faculty Committed to Social Justice

Falguni Sen

Falguni Sen
Professor, Gabelli School of Business

Professor Sen directs the Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center dedicated to increasing affordability and access to healthcare worldwide.

Linda White-Ryan

Linda White-Ryan
Clinical Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Service

Professor White-Ryan and her colleagues have developed an intervention to help older adults take charge of their health.

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Chi Adanna Mgbako
Clinical Professor of Law

As director of the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic, Professor Mgbako works with social justice organizations on human rights advocacy.

Tiffany Yip

Tiffany Yip
Professor of Psychology

Professor Yip studies the effects of racial stressors on people's overall well-being, such as sleep.

Community Builders in Action

Social Work Students and Faculty Partner with Women Asylum Seekers to Find Solutions

Social Work Students and Faculty Partner with Women Asylum Seekers to Find Solutions

Students and faculty in Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service are supporting women asylum seekers, one of the most vulnerable populations in New York City, by working with them to increase access to health care and mental health services and advocate for the protection of migrants’ rights. On Nov. 10, they convened with activists who …

Fordham Earns Grant to ‘Reimagine’ a Better Cross Bronx Expressway

Fordham Earns Grant to ‘Reimagine’ a Better Cross Bronx Expressway

Fordham’s Center for Community Engaged Learning has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to help Bronx residents decide how best to fix the Cross Bronx Expressway. The highway, which was constructed in the 1950s and ’60s, has long been blamed for a host of poor health outcomes …

At Urban Plunge, Students Embrace the Bronx with Service and Curiosity

At Urban Plunge, Students Embrace the Bronx with Service and Curiosity

Nearly 250 first-year students fanned out across the Bronx on Aug. 25 as part of Fordham’s Urban Plunge – an annual pre-orientation program that gives new students the chance to explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods through a lens of community, diversity, and engagement. Students helped serve lunch to those in need at POTS—Part of the …

Bronx 101: Students to Learn About the Cross Bronx Expressway’s Impact on Air Quality

Bronx 101: Students to Learn About the Cross Bronx Expressway’s Impact on Air Quality

As part of an annual pre-orientation program, incoming first-year students will learn directly from local residents and policy experts about how they can shape policy decisions and build a better future for Fordham and its neighbors.  Students in the Urban Plunge program will meet on Friday, Aug. 25, at the Rose Hill campus to discuss …

Fordham Earns Grant to Expand Bronx Market

Fordham Earns Grant to Expand Bronx Market

Fordham received a $25,000 AARP Community Challenge grant in June to significantly expand the Highbridge La Familia Verde Market in the Bronx. The University launched the market last year in partnership with several community organizations; Fordham undergraduates and other student volunteers help staff it throughout the summer and fall.  The grant is part of a …

Fordham LGBTQ+ Student Wellness Fund Attracts Strong Support

Fordham LGBTQ+ Student Wellness Fund Attracts Strong Support

In April, when Fordham hosted the Ignatian Q conference, attended by students from Fordham and 13 other Jesuit colleges and universities, it was a joyous occasion for the University’s LGBTQ+ community. With its focus on activism, spirituality, and justice, it “breathed life into the conversation around LGBT life on campus,” said one student organizer, Ben …

Amy Syper, GSE ’23: Combining Movement and Psychology to Help People Heal

Amy Syper, GSE ’23: Combining Movement and Psychology to Help People Heal

Growing up, Amy Syper struggled with the transition to high school, her parent’s divorce, and her body image. She sought help through counseling, and the support and healing she experienced inspired her to pursue a career assisting others in the same way. This May, she’ll graduate with a doctorate in counseling psychology from the Graduate …

Afsana Asha, FCLC ’23: On a Path to Healing

Afsana Asha, FCLC ’23: On a Path to Healing

The Bronx is Afsana Asha’s home, but when it came time to choose a college, Fordham College at Lincoln Center beckoned her south. “I’m a city girl at heart, and I really love the Lincoln Center area. You have Central Park, a variety of restaurants and theaters, and a lot of diversity here,” she said. …

Climate Summit Kicks Off University-Wide Sustainability Initiative

Climate Summit Kicks Off University-Wide Sustainability Initiative

Fordham marked the launch of a seven-year transformative climate change plan with an April 19 event at the Rose Hill campus that brought students, activists, government officials, and neighborhood leaders together on the Rose Hill campus. The University also welcomed back to campus Elizabeth Yeampierre, FCRH ‘80, who laid out the challenges of achieving climate …

Meeting the Demand for Social Workers in New York City

Meeting the Demand for Social Workers in New York City

The need for licensed clinical social workers is surging in New York City and across the country. Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service educates students to stand up for social justice and human dignity, preparing them to meet this growing need and become leaders in a rewarding field. Carolyn Donovan, GSS ’16, works at P.S. …

Fordham Dumpson Symposium Focuses on Past Lessons and Collaboration to Improve Child Welfare in NYC

Fordham Dumpson Symposium Focuses on Past Lessons and Collaboration to Improve Child Welfare in NYC

How can the lessons of the history of the child welfare system in New York City help provide a better future for children across the city? That was the focus of the James Dumpson Symposium, hosted by Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service on Feb. 15 at the Lincoln Center campus. The symposium, titled “Leading …