An Ethical Compass for the Digital Age

March 15th-17th, 2018, Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) Foundation and Fordham University co-sponsored a conference with the theme “An Ethical Compass for the Digital Age”. The goal of the conference was to define, in practical terms, the role of ethics and Catholic Social Teaching in today’s economy. Business and professional leaders gathered together with academic economists and experts on Catholic Social Teaching to discuss the topic in depth. They discussed the role of data, communication in media, and a responsibility to the common good. The conference ended with the presentation of a draft framework on how the Church can respond to ethical issues of the digital age, with a focus on consumer ownership of data, possible regulations, and conversations around digital ethics. The results of this conference can prompt conversation and action within Catholic populations throughout the world.




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Fordham IPED Alumni Networking Night 2018

By: Sarah Garwood ’19

Alumni presenters and IPED professors (L-R) Michael Fajardo ’14, Sahra English ’08, Dr. Jonathan Crystal, Elizabeth Wisman-Strojan ’13, Dr. Henry Schwalbenberg

On Thursday, March 8th IPED students and alumni gathered for the annual IPED Alumni Networking Night at Fordham Lincoln Center. After everyone enjoyed some hors d’oeuvre and conversation, three alumni, Michael Fajardo ’14, Elizabeth Wisman-Strojan ’13, and Sahra English ’08, presented on their career paths. Michael Fajardo ’14 is an Investment Analyst at Goldstein Capital Corporation, an investment adviser that manages a mortgage-backed securities focused hedge fund. Michael spoke about his experiences as an international student and then as a professional in the private sector. Elizabeth Wisman-Strojan ’13 is the Director of Government Affairs at the New York Housing Development Corporation and Department of Housing Preservationa and Development. Her work with the University Neighborhood Housing Program in the Bronx as a Fordham IPED Coverdell Fellow influenced her career path in affordable housing. Sahra English ’08 is Vice President of Global Public Policy at MasterCard. She is responsible for leading the company’s global trade agenda and leading international advocacy strategies for trade negotiations.

Fordham IPED students receiving Awards and Placements standing with IPED alumni

Following the alumni presentations, Language Immersion Study Awards, Arrupe Overseas Field Placements, and Public Service Field Placements were awarded to current IPED students. Many thanks to Ms. Donna Odra and everyone who attended the annual Alumni Networking night for making this night a success!

Fordham IPED Class of 2019 Graduate Assistants


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Coverdell Fellow: Donovan Hotz ’19 at the University Neighborhood Housing Program

By: Donovan Hotz ’19

As part of my Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellowship with the Fordham IPED program I work part-time as an intern at University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHP). The organization is a community-focused nonprofit corporation first founded in 1983 with support from Fordham University and later from the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition. UNHP’s mission is to “create, preserve, and improve affordable housing and bring needed resources to the Northwest Bronx.” UNHP provides many services from low interest loans to technical assistance to community leaders, groups, and affordable housing managers through organization around and research of the issues that impact housing affordability and community resources.As an intern, my main work has been in managing the Building Indicator Project (BIP) database. The purpose of the BIP is to identify physical and/or financial distresses on multifamily properties in New York City. Each quarter we send out an updated database to subscribers that include financial institutions andcommunity groups. This report allows UNHP to work with lenders, public agencies, foundations, community groups, and banking regulators to improve housing conditions for low-income families. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to work at UNHP events like the Financial Resource Fair for Bronx residents and the organization’s free tax preparation services for low-income NYC residents. It has been nice to balance my work on the BIP with working face-to-face with community members. It has even given me the opportunity to keep up with my Spanish!

As most of my experience in community-based work has been during my Peace Corps service in rural communities in Paraguay, working at UNHP has been a quite a contrast in terms of the issues and challenges that low-income families face in the Bronx. It has been great to learn from and work alongside the enthusiastic and dedicated team at UNHP.

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Presidential Management Fellowship Finalists Samantha Kinney ’18 & Edward Barbini ’18

Two Fordham IPED graduates, Samantha Kinney ’18 and Edward Barbini ’18, were selected as Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) Finalists. Both Samantha and Edward graduated with a masters degree in International Political Economy and Development and are pursuing a second masters degree in Economics. Samantha works at Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, an organization which empowers low-income individuals in Upper Manhattan. Edward has been working at Westchester Intelligence Center, where he started as an Intern and now works full-time. Both Samantha and Edward participated in the IPED Philippines Project Assessment Program and the South Africa Emerging Markets Program.

PMF Finalists, Edward Barbini and Samantha Kinney.

The PMF Program is a highly competitive program with the United States government. As described on the PMF website, “…the PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. It was created more than three decades ago by Executive Order and has gone through many changes over the years. The Program attracts and selects the best candidates possible, but is really designed with a more narrow focus – developing a cadre of potential government leaders. It provides some sustenance during the first years of employment and encourages development of leadership capabilities. The PMF Program inculcates a lasting bond as well as a spirit of public service, ultimately encouraging and leading to a career in the government.”

Congratulations to Samantha Kinney ’18 and Edward Barbini ’18 on their selection as PMF Finalists!

Click here to learn more about the Presidential Management Fellowship.

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