Funding Initiative: Community Engaged Learning

Students working in Ceiba, Puerto Rico with APRODEC, wearing hardhats

The Center for Community Engaged Learning brings students together with the University’s partner organizations, in New York and abroad, for learning experiences that transform their understanding of issues of justice and community development.

Courses that have a community engaged learning component increased more than sevenfold, to 52, in the five years ending in spring 2021. Our goal is to keep expanding these courses so that every student has a chance to take at least one. Your gift to the center can help meet this goal by supporting the following and more:

  • Stipends for co-educators who support our courses
  • Workshops, tutoring, and programming with community partners
  • Stipends for faculty members who develop courses
  • Professional development and events for faculty
  • Course materials and transportation
  • Research by faculty and students
  • Academic and preprofessional workshops and events for students

Give Now to Support Community Engaged Learning

Interested in endowing funds, naming opportunities, or have other questions? Please contact Michael Boyd, senior associate vice president of development and university relations, at 212-636-6525 or mboyd7@fordham.edu.

Community Engaged Learning at Fordham

Fordham Launches New Effort to Connect with Bronx Partners

Fordham Launches New Effort to Connect with Bronx Partners

Fordham’s Center for Community Engaged Learning has become a hub for several well-established (and a few new) Bronx-based relationships the University has fostered over the years. On Friday, May 6, the center took that effort a step further at a day-long summit at the Bronx Zoo, formally launching a new consortium between Fordham, local government, …

With Donor Support, Community Engaged Learning Courses Expand

With Donor Support, Community Engaged Learning Courses Expand

In a marketing class, students learned about food that was going to waste at a large market in the Bronx and how they might help address it. In a music class, students learned about world music and dance from Bronx performers who also educated them about cultures from Cuba, West Africa, and elsewhere. And, in …

Students in HEOP Take Part in Global Outreach, With Help from President’s Council Members

Students in HEOP Take Part in Global Outreach, With Help from President’s Council Members

Over spring break, New York City native Raffy Grullon, FCRH ’22, took his first-ever trip to another state—one that felt “like a different country entirely,” he said. The state was North Carolina, and many of the people he met there were immigrants who had suffered greatly before coming to work at the cooperatives that he …

From Ethiopia to the Bronx to Mississippi, Students Work Within Their Communities

From Ethiopia to the Bronx to Mississippi, Students Work Within Their Communities

Two graduating students have made community-engaged learning their priority in the Bronx and beyond: Ellie Bauer, GSAS ’22, a graduate student from Minnesota who recently accepted a job in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Benjamin Medeiros, FCRH ’22, a Rhode Island native who will return to Fordham this fall to pursue his Ph.D. at …

Fordham Teams Up with New York Giants, Local Partners to Help Families Impacted by Bronx Fire

Fordham Teams Up with New York Giants, Local Partners to Help Families Impacted by Bronx Fire

“A ray of sunshine.” That was how Chanasia Hunter described a supply and resource distribution event on Feb. 8, organized by Fordham University, Monroe College, and their partners—the New York Giants, BronxWorks, the Bronx Zoo, and others. Hunter and her family were impacted by the devastating Bronx fire that ravaged an East 181st Street apartment …

In New Campus Center, a Beacon with Amenities Aplenty

In New Campus Center, a Beacon with Amenities Aplenty

At 85 acres, Fordham’s Rose Hill campus is blessed with space. But when the 71,000-square-foot, four-story addition to the McGinley Center officially opens today, Feb. 1, it will introduce to the Fordham community a radically different sort of space, filled with places to relax, recharge, and connect. Get Your Sweat On One of the highlights …

Fordham Grads Celebrate Community, Cura Personalis at Annual Alumni Association Reception

Fordham Grads Celebrate Community, Cura Personalis at Annual Alumni Association Reception

On January 20, more than 100 Fordham graduates and guests braved Manhattan’s snowy streets to gather at 583 Park Avenue for the fifth annual Fordham University Alumni Association (FUAA) reception, held in person for the first time since early 2020. Following New York City guidelines, all attendees were required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. …

Students GO! to the Bronx and Beyond Under a New Learning Model

Students GO! to the Bronx and Beyond Under a New Learning Model

Under a new model with the Center for Community Engaged Learning, Fordham’s longtime Global Outreach program is putting a greater focus on community engagement, rather than direct service. The pandemic threw a wrench in their plans, but it also gave them the space and time to explore this concept close to campus—and in locations within …

New Student Fellowship Encourages Collaboration with Bronx Community

New Student Fellowship Encourages Collaboration with Bronx Community

Fordham undergraduates are building community engagement in the Bronx through research projects on health care, housing, and education, thanks to a new fellowship offered by the Center for Community Engaged Learning.    “Our student leaders are creating projects where they’re asking important questions in tandem with community partners and trying to provide solutions that are informed …

Fordham Students and Professors Document History of Immigrant Families in East Harlem

Fordham Students and Professors Document History of Immigrant Families in East Harlem

Two Fordham professors are writing a book about immigrant families in East Harlem who are connected to one of New York’s oldest community organizations, thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Religion and Theology Program and initial funding from Fordham’s Center for Community Engaged Learning.  “All of the things that we teach …

Art Exhibit Calls Attention to Death at the Border

Art Exhibit Calls Attention to Death at the Border

An exhibit at Fordham is honoring the lives of migrants who died while trying to make it to the United States. Hostile Terrain 94, an art installation that aims to call attention to the ongoing humanitarian crisis at the southern border, will debut on Thursday, Nov. 4, in the Lowenstein Center’s Lipani Gallery. Composed of …