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Coverdell Fellows at Fordham IPED

Michael Johnson at the Fordham BID

Michael Johnson during his duties at the Fordham BID

Each year the IPED program, in conjunction with the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, offers several Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) an academic fellowship to attend Fordham IPED. Recipients of the fellowship are partnered to work with a local community development organization. Last year, IPED offered five fellowships to incoming graduate students for the class of 2018. Each of the fellows has an internship with a Bronx community partner to gain experience in urban development in the United States.

Erika Cox, Class of 2018

Erika Cox with a community art piece for the Fordham BID

 

Michael Johnson and Erika Cox are both partnered with the Fordham Road Business Improvement District (BID), an organization comprised of local retailers who promote business development and improve the quality of life along Fordham Road, a major retail street serving various immigrant and low-income communities in the Bronx. Michael works in a role as Business Outreach Coordinator and managing the team of Fordham undergraduate interns. Erika spends her time coordinating public affairs campaigns, planning art beautification projects, and as the organization partner liaison.

Kelsey Garcia, Class of 2018

Kelsey Garcia during filming of a promotional video for the Belmont Community

Kelsey Garcia is partnered with the Belmont BID, to promote the economic wellbeing of the business community by promotion of the “Little Italy in the Bronx” brand and its strong ethnic heritage and leadership in the community. The BID’s focus areas are sanitation, security, marketing and promotion, cultural programming, and streetscape improvements. Kelsey is a community relations intern and was recently featured in a promotional commercial for the community.

Jessica Way, Class of 2018, at UNHP

Jessica Way at the UNHP 2016 Fundraiser

Jessica Way is a research intern at University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHP), a north-west Bronx non-profit dedicated to improving affordable housing attainment in the community. UNHP achieves its mission by issuing low interest loans and providing technical assistance to community leaders and affordable housing managers through the Northwest Bronx Resource Center. UNHP has a blog with more information.

Cody Harder, Class of 2018

Cody Harder works with the Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation (FBHC) as a Project Development Intern. The Project Development Department is responsible for construction projects from beginning to the completion and closing.

All Coverdell Fellows are full-time students pursing their internships on a part time (12 hours per week) basis.

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Student Spotlight: Liz Parr at Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation

Elizabeth Parr

Liz Parr (IPED 2017) is a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow Intern at Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation (FBHC). FBHC is a nonprofit community organization that provides safe and affordable housing to over 3,000 low- to moderate-income families in the Bronx. Currently, it owns and manages close to 100 apartment buildings.

Liz works in the Department of Construction and Development of FBHC. She assists the department with writing grants and project proposals, tracks internal budget changes, and creates progress reports on FBHC’s current construction projects in various stages of development and completion. “These projects are huge. For example, the project I’ve worked on the most is part of a larger Fordham Bedford community project that will ultimately consist of three residential buildings that will provide housing to seniors,” she adds.

Liz shares that she likes her internship a lot. “Not only does FBHC provide affordable housing, but it also strives to offer an increased quality of life for its residents, which is something I am proud to be part of,” she says.

The internship with FBHC is part of the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship offered to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

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Student Spotlight: Andrew Wilhelm and Zach Thompson at the Fordham Road Business Improvement District


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Andrew Wilhelm (IPED 2017) and Zach Thompson (IPED 2017) currently serve as Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow interns at the Fordham Road Business Improvement District (Fordham Road BID). Fordham Road BID is a nonprofit organization primarily consisting of local retailers dedicated to promoting economic development and improving the quality of life along Fordham Road, a major retail street serving various immigrant and low-income communities in the Bronx.

As an intern, Andrew is responsible for engaging with businesses and other local organizations to seek their support and sponsorship for Fordham Road BID events. He also liaises with relevant stakeholders to obtain permits for events, attends meetings, and performs various administrative duties. Currently, he is also working with Department of Transportation to have some new benches installed along Fordham Road.

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Meanwhile, Zach shares that his favorite part of interning at Fordham BID is the variety of the work he does, which keeps the day unpredictable. Within a few weeks, he has contributed to Fordham Road BID’s annual report, has begun planning themes and logistics for events throughout spring and summer, and has liaised with local businesses and the American Cancer Society on an upcoming promotion. Later in the year, Zach will be working on the newly reconstructed Fordham Plaza, which should be an exciting opportunity to bring even more life to the Bronx.

Last December, Andrew and Zach also helped in the planning and preparation of “Sparkling The Heart of Fordham,” Fordham Road BID’s annual holiday celebration and biggest event. During the event, there was gift-giving to local children, a tree-lighting ceremony, and performances all throughout the night.

“On the day of the event, it was great to see everyone’s hard work pay off when hundreds of people attended the event and had a great time. It was especially fun for me to see how excited people were about the raffle prizes I obtained by endlessly calling sports teams, theaters, and museums,” Andrew shares.

“This was the first big project I had the opportunity to work on for Fordham Road BID, and seeing the happiness and joy of the children and families who were at the event was a great experience,” Zach adds.

The internship with Fordham BID is part of the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowships offered to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

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IPED Orientation

IPED welcomed a new class of students this fall.  These first-year students bring a diversity of experiences and talents to the program.  The orientation took place on a beautiful Sunday at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus, and prepared students for a successful start to IPED’s rigorous MA program.

Keep an eye out for these future leaders in government, nonprofit, finance, and more!

Keep an eye out for these future leaders in government, nonprofit, finance, and more!

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Urban Development Career Trip: The Bronx

IPED students took part in the first annual Urban Development Career Trip on Friday, September 18th. Students were given a tour of the area by a representative from the Fordham Road Business Improvement District (BID)

Fordham Road is the largest shopping district in the Bronx, and the 3rd largest in New York City.  The district is in a diverse, bustling community, and has a great mix of independent shops and regional and national chain stores.

The trip also included speakers from the local community, lunch and an alumni panel at the beautiful Bronx Library Center.

Getting oriented at Fordham Road and Grand Concourse.

Getting oriented at Fordham Road and Grand Concourse.

 

The Fordham Road Business Improvement District (BID) is a nonprofit organization encouraging community and economic development in the Fordham Road community of The Bronx.

The Fordham Road BID is a nonprofit organization encouraging community and economic development in the Fordham Road community of The Bronx.

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