Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

GOAL: $120 million (included across the pillars)

CSTEP ScholarshipWe 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 of the four pillars of our campaign. 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.

This goal, woven throughout our campaign, is supported by giving opportunities listed in all our campaign pillars, such as: 

  • The Diversity Fund 
  • Programs to help students from low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented backgrounds
  • Housing scholarships
  • Health and wellness
  • Programs for LGBTQ+ students

Featured Funding Initiative: Support for LGBTQ+ Students

Endowment Supports Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Meeting the distinctive needs of LGBTQ+ students is consonant with Fordham’s identity as a Jesuit, Catholic university. As a part of our mission, Fordham has the opportunity to show every student, prospective student, parent, and alum that they will be welcomed, included, and affirmed at the University. Learn how you can help.

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A New Prize Invites Greater Diversity in the Pages of The Observer at Lincoln Center

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Giving Back to Fordham Law, an Alumnus Invests in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Giving Back to Fordham Law, an Alumnus Invests in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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A Growing Network Supports First-Generation Students at Fordham

A Growing Network Supports First-Generation Students at Fordham

This year, a new organization at Fordham is putting the focus on the needs and experiences of students who are the first in their families to pursue college degrees—and helping them find connection and support. The First Gen Network debuted in the fall, founded by students after Fordham administrators held listening sessions last year about …

New Endowment Supports Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts at Fordham

New Endowment Supports Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts at Fordham

Going to Fordham College at Rose Hill in the 1960s, the late Joseph Esposito learned a lot about theology, philosophy, his own abilities as a writer and a communicator, and the value of the liberal arts. But there was one thing about himself that was still coming into focus. “The whole concept of sexuality was …