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Fordham to Offer Chosen Name Policy

September 16, 2020

Fordham will now offer a Chosen Name Policy for students, which Chief Diversity Officer Rafael Zapata announced in a community-wide email on Aug. 31.

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New ASILI Demands Target Public Safety and RAs

September 15, 2020

ASILI, the Black Student Alliance at Rose Hill, is calling for anti-racist reforms at Fordham’s Public Safety Department and Office of Residential Life in an updated list of demands.

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Fordham Releases Annual Diversity Report

September 8, 2020

Chief Diversity Officer Rafael Zapata’s annual diversity report was released in a community-wide email on Sept. 8. 

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Supreme Court Ruling Demands Inclusion at Fordham

July 9, 2020

Many community members feel as though policies regarding transgender students are not enough — they claim the climate at Fordham needs to be changed.

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Gabelli Students and Faculty Discuss Racial Solidarity

June 24, 2020

The Zoom town hall held on June 15 addressed the history of racism, racial solidarity and student resources.

Melissa Labonte, Interim Dean of Fordham's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, is excited to help with the program's evolution.

Search For New Dean of GSAS Commences

October 30, 2019

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) is at a point of transition: as the school kicks off its search for a new dean, it is also attempting to reimagine its graduate programs.

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Staff Editorial: Know the Faces of the Administration

September 19, 2019

Our administration is not a faceless monolith, and their roles and politics matter. 

The mission of the NCFDD is to provide essential support to academics who may not otherwise have access to such

Fordham Begins Development and Diversity Training for Grad Students

September 18, 2019

The decision to join NCFDD is reflective of the university’s increasing commitment to diversity in recent years.

Rafael Zapata, chief diversity officer of Fordham University, has used this year to begin the planning process for policy overhauls. These initiatives aim to decrease discrimination and exclusion on campus.

Administration Addresses Concerns About Diversity and Inclusion

May 1, 2019

Historically, conversations between Fordham’s student activists and its administration have ranged from the cordial to the contentious. However, under Fordham’s Chief Diversity Officer Rafael Zapata, it appears as though the many conversations surrounding identity and inclusion on Fordham’s campus have finally come to a head.

Dean Keith Eldredge has been involved in planning this course since its inception.

Fordham Anticipates a Required Diversity Course in the Future

May 1, 2019

A task force called together by Father McShane developed the idea of a required credit-bearing diversity course for Fall 2019, but it is likely to undergo a three to five year delay. The program is a part of the newly implemented First Year Experience, a multifaceted interactive yearlong program for freshmen.

Dean of Students Keith Eldredge said that

Transgender Housing Rights Still Not Secure At Fordham

April 10, 2019

Jenifer Campbell, senior director of residential life, explained that the office works with transgender students on a case-by-case basis.

Community members like Kassandra D’Aniello, FCLC ‘21, who is transgender, will be able to obtain new IDs.

Schoolwide Chosen Name Policy Expected to Take Effect Next Semester

March 27, 2019

Some areas that will be affected are ID cards, class rosters, Blackboard, Gmail and other Google services. New ID cards will be available to students free of charge.