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Welcome from the Dean

Welcome to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion site for the Office of Undergraduate Admission. I and the admission team want to share our philosophy, ethos, and hopes as we work toward a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.  I encourage you to dig deeper into our commitment, and to learn more about our team, students, and our community by reviewing this site. Ultimately, it is my sincere hope that you will see Fordham as a place where you may thrive as a college student, and that our entire community will help to make that possible once you enroll.

Patricia Peek, Ph.D.
Dean of Undergraduate Admission
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Patricia came to Fordham as a first-generation local college student in 1986. She has worked in the Office of Admission for more than 20 years. She has completed three degrees at the University, and she has served on a number of national and regional higher education committees. 

Meet the DEI Team

Mary Balingit
Associate Director for Diversity Initiatives

Mary is the inaugural associate director of diversity initiatives for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She currently leads the undergraduate admissions office in advocating for and supporting diversity initiatives and programs that reach, advance, retain, and center the experiences of students from historically marginalized backgrounds.

Her commitment to equity and access in higher education comes from her experience as the daughter of immigrants and as a 1.5 generation pilipinx/a. Prior to joining Fordham in March 2020, she most recently served in various DEI student affairs and admissions roles at The University of California, Berkeley.

Sydney Gabourel Ezzedine
Assistant Director of Admission

Sydney currently serves as the assistant director for undergraduate admission. Born and raised in Southern California, she attended Yale University, where she gained insight into both the opportunities and inequality inherent in the college admission process. Informed by her experience as a first-generation Belizean-American, she is committed to advocating for equitable admission practices in order to build communities that are both diverse and inclusive.

Pedro Hipolito
Senior Assistant Director of Admission

Pedro currently serves as the senior assistant director for undergraduate admission. Born and raised in New York, he completed his bachelor’s degree at Adelphi University and earned his M.B.A. at Fordham University. Over the years Pedro has contributed to and led projects rooted in diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Office of Undergraduate Admission and beyond. He has presented at the Commission for Independent College and University (CICU) College Access Fair on the college admission process, both in English and in Spanish. As a first-generation student from a Hispanic immigrant household, Pedro is an advocate for higher education.

Joseph Martínez
Senior Assistant Director of Admission

Joseph currently serves as the senior assistant director for international admission for Fordham’s three residential undergraduate colleges. He graduated from Fordham College at Lincoln Center in 2011 and went on to complete a Fulbright Fellowship in Mexico City. Returning to Fordham in 2013, Joseph developed a passion for supporting students through their college search as an admissions counselor. His growth in enrollment management includes roles in the admission offices of Barnard College and Columbia University.

As a second-generation Mexican-American from Texas, his commitments to equity, access, inclusion, and belonging at Fordham are personal. Within Fordham’s Office of Undergraduate Admission, he has been a member of several DEI initiatives for both staff and students. 

Chloe Sigillito
Senior Assistant Director of Admission

Chloe currently serves as the associate director of campus visitation. She has worked in the Office of Undergraduate Admission since 2014, and received her master’s in nonprofit leadership through Fordham’s Graduate Schools of Social Service and Business. Her nagging belief in the power of education, and in the potential and promise of Jesuit education in particular, has led her to advocate for the centrality of equity in admission practices. New to the campus visitation position, Chloe is focused on admission events that create inclusive spaces and honor the various lived experiences of students and their families.