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Fordham University
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458

Center Name: Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice


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Domestic Immersions

Winter Break:

  • Florida
  • Glenmary
  • New York City

President's Day Weekend:

  • Washington D.C.

Spring Break:

  • Waynesburg
  • San Diego
  • Nashville

Summer Break:

  • Mississippi
  • Navajo
  • GO! West

International Immersions:

Winter Break:

  • Guyana
  • Belize
  • India
  • Thailand
  • El Salvador

Spring Break:

  • Guatemala
  • Nicaragua
  • Mexico

Summer Break: Romania

  • Romania
  • South Africa
  • Jamaica

Justice-related Student Clubs

Rose Hill Campus

Lincoln Center Campus

Summary of Social Justice Events

Academia Hispana, 718-817-4389

  • Noche Latina: Highlighting cultural and political issues within the Latino community

African & African American Studies Department, Professor Brian Purnell; 718-817-3830

  • Speaker: Amir Idris on Genocide in Sudan
  • Whiteness Conference: Breaking down racial barriers through historical, cultural, political analysis
  • African American History Project: A public history project led by Bronx residents, Fordham University, and the Bronx County Historical Society to preserve and promote the history of over ½ million people of African descent who live, work, learn and worship in the Bronx.

Anti-School of the Americas Coalition

  • Movie: Romero and Discussion
  • Tabling to disseminate Info on SOA
  • Vigil to Commemorate the Jesuit Martyrs


  • Panel Discussion on How the Election Would Impact Minorities

Community Service Program, Sandra Lobo Jost, 718-817-4510

  • Hunger Banquet
  • Speaker: Carlos Mejia from International Institute for Humanitarian Affairs working with the Jesuit Refugee Services
  • Voter Registration with Homelessness Population
  • Haitian Relief Project auctioning artwork from Haiti, and collecting food and clothing to benefit the people of Haiti.

El Grito de Lares

  • Speaker: Young Lords Revolutionary Party
  • National Collegiate Latino Conference highlighting social justice issues facing Latinos today.

Global Outreach, Michael Kravatz, 718-817-4506

  • El Salvador project: cultural and historical immersion to the realities of El Salvador
  • Nicaragua project: focus on indigenous history and rights
  • Florida project: Work with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers headquarters in Florida to work on the Taco Bell Boycott.  Volunteers returned to Fordham and helped to mobilize many more students in the boycott.  Many protests at Taco Bell’s throughout New York City are held every semester along with letter writing and phone campaigns.
  • Students worked with Amnesty International and Doctors Without Boarders to bring awareness to the ongoing conflict in Sudan.  A photo exhibit was displayed in the main lobby of Fordham where interested students were able to pick up more information on the conflict.  Students fasted and wore malnutrition bracelets to be in solidarity with those struggling from the famine.

Ignatian Heritage Society, Michelle Porter

  • Speakers and Discussion on: ”Engaging Culture, Religion and Education in a Jesuit Context”

International Political Economy & Development Department, 718-817-4064, iped@fordham.edu

  • Catholic Relief Services Speaker: “The Crude Reality: Africa’s Oil Boom and the Poor”
  • “Crisis in Sudan” Presentation by relief worker and photojournalist in Sudan

Fordham Theatre Company

  • Sister Helen Prejean’s “Dead Man Walking” Performance

Muslim Student Association, muslimatfordham@hotmail.com

  • War Resister’s League Talk on War Profiteering in Iraq

Progressive Students For Justice, Media Coordinator: Eric Fergen, psjinfo@yahoo.com

  • Worker’s Appreciation Day
  • Letter-writing Campaign against CAFTA
  • Fair Trade Campaign-Ongoing
  • Participation in Hunger Banquet
  • Speaker from Nicaraguan Cooperative
  • Speaker from Crispaz in El Salvador
  • United Students Against Sweatshops Conference
  • Movie: “Outfoxed” and discussion taking a look at conservative media
  • Worker’s Rights Consortium Campaign-Successful
  • For Whom The Bell Tolls (Death Penalty Vigil –Ongoing
  • Death Penalty Awareness Week
  • Movie: Life of David Gale
  • Police Brutality Discussion
  • “Live From Death Row” Speaking to Death Row Inmates
  • Death Row In Various Expressions- An opportunity for people to take part in spoken word, listen to former inmates and musicians relate their experiences to the death penalty.
  • Domestic Violence Vigil
  • Take Back the Night March
  • Women’s History Month Dinner
  • Vagina Monologues

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