On April 18, members of the Fordham faculty who have overcome significant challenges and circumstances to excel in life and college shared their personal stories with local middle school students from the nearby community. At this year’s Vision Day, the faculty members sat down with students from IS 318 and encouraged them with a message that, no matter the circumstances, they, too, could overcome, excel, and go to college too. The event was sponsored by the Latin American and Latino Studies Institute.


Tom Stoelker is senior staff writer and visual media coordinator for Fordham News. After fifteen years as a freelance designer, Tom shifted his focus to writing and photography. He graduated from Lehman College, CUNY where he majored in English literature and photography and he received his master's in journalism from Columbia University. His work has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Wall Street Journal, and The Architect's Newspaper, where he was associate editor.