Fordham students have restless minds, generous hearts, and a passion for unsettled, unsettling questions. Living and learning in a city where the global and local meet and where the future of the human family is being created as in few other places, they are driven by a desire to be more and do more for the world.
But in a time of unprecedented global disruption, how can we prepare each student to lead in their profession and promote justice?
The answer lies in the core Jesuit value of cura personalis—care for the whole person. This campaign is designed to strengthen all the interwoven fibers of every student’s Fordham experience by investing in four pillars of that experience: access and affordability; student wellness and success; academic excellence; and athletics. In addition, each pillar incorporates the goal of renewing our commitment to building a richly diverse and inclusive community at Fordham.
As a University with a longstanding tradition of welcoming first-generation students, we must provide equitable access to a Fordham education. There are many students, of all backgrounds, who would thrive here if they saw Fordham as their home—a place of abundant opportunities for everyone. The Cura Personalis campaign will enable Fordham to welcome students with world-changing potential, regardless of financial need, and ensure that we can support each student’s growth and development. Learn more about investment areas related to Access and Affordability.
Fordham teaches that no challenge is beyond reach if we know how to ask the right questions. In classrooms, studios, and laboratories, our students grow as thinkers, writers, and speakers. In vigorous dialogue with faculty, they see the link between the liberal arts and the pursuit of the good and the just. They become powerful advocates for themselves, for others, and for the causes that are close to their hearts. Learn more about investment areas related to Academic Excellence.
Caring for the whole person means connecting every student to people and resources that deepen their sense of well-being and belonging. Students are more willing than ever to seek help as they face and overcome challenges and discern their paths forward. They will find this help in abundance in an expanded campus center—connecting to the vast Fordham professional network in the Career Center, finding spiritual support in Campus Ministry, or pursuing meaningful educational experiences outside the classroom through the work of the Center for Community Engaged Learning. These expanded opportunities will be coupled with world-class facilities—for dining, fitness, and events—that foster good health and warm interpersonal connections. Students and families trust that Fordham will deliver on our promise of cura personalis, and our campaign will make certain that a nurturing environment continues to be a touchstone of students’ experiences. Learn more about investment areas related to Student Wellness and Success including the Campus Center Renewal.
In varsity athletics and club sports, Fordham’s student-athletes live out the Ignatian goal of developing the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. Our student-athletes are academic achievers, they are leaders in issues of campus diversity, and they seize opportunities for engagement and professional experience in New York City. Through our campaign, we will do more for our student-athletes, set the Victory Bell ringing, and reignite Ram spirit on campus. Learn more about investment areas related to Athletics.
Our Imperative: Creating a Richly Diverse and Inclusive Community
We are called to renew and strengthen Fordham’s historic commitment to building a richly diverse and inclusive community and to developing a strong sense of civic virtue in the hearts of students. Diversity, equity, and inclusion inform and permeate the fundraising goals within each pillar. We must enrich every element of the Fordham student experience. And we must ensure every student has equitable access to the meaningful connections and opportunities that nurture belonging, engagement, and purpose. Learn more about investment areas related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.