Funding Initiative: The Diversity Fund

CSTEP Scholarship

Established by Fordham Trustee Valerie Rainford, the Diversity Fund is a current-use fund that fosters greater diversity among the student body at Fordham by providing financial support to students of color and those from first-generation or lower-income backgrounds. It was created in early 2021 to ease the burdens of student loans and part-time work that disproportionately affect Black and Latinx students. The fund provides “last-dollar” aid that closes the final financial gap for students, helping them not only enroll but also take advantage of on-campus housing and other opportunities.

Uses of the Diversity Fund include the following: 

  • Financial aid
  • Housing funds
  • Study abroad

Give Now to Support Diversity at Fordham

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.

Supporting Diversity at Fordham

Scholar Connects Haitian Revolution to Juneteenth Celebrations

Scholar Connects Haitian Revolution to Juneteenth Celebrations

Juneteenth celebrates the day in 1865 when news of the Emancipation Proclamation was delivered to enslaved people in Galveston, Texas—more than two years after President Lincoln issued the order freeing them. It came about 60 years after the Haitian war of independence. But both cases involve the intentional suppression of news of newly granted freedom, …

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Quarterly | June 2, 2022

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Quarterly | June 2, 2022

An update on Fordham’s efforts to carry out the University’s action plan, Addressing Racism, Educating for Justice. ENROLLMENT GOAL: Develop Robust Admissions Strategies for Effective Recruitment of Students of Color to Fordham. The Office of Undergraduate Admission continues to center diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of our admission and recruitment practices. By design, we are …

Fordham Joins New Nationwide Initiative to Diversify STEM Classes

Fordham Joins New Nationwide Initiative to Diversify STEM Classes

Through a new nationwide initiative, Fordham is working with its peers in higher education to show students that they can be successful in a STEM major and career, especially students who have been historically excluded from the sciences. “Everyone brings something important to the table, regardless of the level of education you have,” said J.D. …

Women’s History Month Events 2022

Women’s History Month Events 2022

Below is a list of events for Women’s History Month. It will be updated as new events are planned. Tuesday, March 1 Women’s Herstory Month Kickoff Luncheon Rose Hill Campus: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.; McGinley 234 and 235 Lincoln Center Campus: 12:30 – 2 p.m.; Atrium Sponsored by OMA  Friday, March 4 Violence Against Migrant …

Biography of Trailblazing Fordham Law Grad Eunice Hunton Carter Earns PROSE Award

Biography of Trailblazing Fordham Law Grad Eunice Hunton Carter Earns PROSE Award

Once overlooked, Eunice Hunton Carter has been getting her due in recent years, not only for being the only woman—a Black woman, no less—on the legal team that successfully prosecuted infamous mob boss Charles “Lucky” Luciano in 1936 but also as an early civil rights leader. This is thanks in part to a new book …

Friends from Distant Quarters: Celebrating Lunar New Year with Fordham’s Newest Alumni Group

Friends from Distant Quarters: Celebrating Lunar New Year with Fordham’s Newest Alumni Group

It begins with a roar: lion dancers are marching through the streets brigaded by drummers pounding away, snare and bass, with children smashing cymbals to their sides. It is nearly mid-February, the second weekend of the perennial Lunar New Year celebrations that roll across Gotham’s Chinatown every winter, and the parade up Mott Street is …

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Quarterly | February 1, 2022

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Quarterly | February 1, 2022

An update on Fordham’s efforts to carry out the University’s action plan, Addressing Racism, Educating for Justice. ENROLLMENT GOAL: Develop Robust Admissions Strategies for Effective Recruitment of Students of Color to Fordham. Undergraduate Applicant Pool Updates Building on last year’s success in enrolling the largest and most diverse class of students in Fordham’s history, the Office of Undergraduate …

Lunar New Year Events 2022

Lunar New Year Events 2022

Below is a working list of events for the Lunar New Year. It will be updated as new events are planned. Monday, January 31 Red Envelope Event Rose Hill Campus: 1 – 3 p.m.; McGinley lobby Lincoln Center Campus: 1 – 3 p.m.; LL Plaza Sponsored by the AAPI Committee Tuesday, February 1 Paper Lantern …

Black History Month Events 2022

Black History Month Events 2022

To celebrate Black History Month, Fordham is offering a variety of events and programs on the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses. Some programs are also offered virtually. *This is a working list. It will be updated as new events are planned. Week 1: Jazz & Hip-Hop Sponsored by WFUV As part of WFUV’s month-long …

Asian American Writing Group Expands to Lincoln Center

Asian American Writing Group Expands to Lincoln Center

Sarah Gambito, professor of English, brought the annual Kundiman writers retreat to Fordham when she joined the staff in 2008. She said she and her co-founder, poet Joseph O. Legaspi, started the group as a way for writers of color to get a sense of grounding that they felt they lacked. “We were talking about the …

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 …