Nineteen competitively-selected Fordham students and four faculty and administrative representatives took part in a day-long leadership training session at the United Nations on Friday, Nov. 17, as part of Fordham’s United Nations Leadership Development Initiative for tri-state area students from Catholic colleges and universities. The students are  responsible for designing and implementing several University-wide programs to support the United Nations Millennium Campaign and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

The MDGs were adopted unanimously in 2000, with an eye toward implementation by 2015. The 189 U.N. member states have pledged to eradicate poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, ensure environmental sustainability, combat HIV/Aids and other diseases, and to develop a global partnership for development.

The Fordham students were chosen by a committee headed by Nina Longino, assistant dean, Office of Multicultural Programs, from a pool of 60 applicants. Longino will oversee the programming for the team’s initiatives, which will be available by the end of the fall term.

– Janet Sassi


Janet Sassi is editor/associate director of internal communications. She can be reached at (212) 636-7577 or [email protected]