This winter I decided to volunteer at an organization I saw listed in Fordham’s Dorothy Day Center newsletter teaching inner-city, public-high school kids. Great, I thought — I went to a New York City public school, so I know a bit about these kids and the backgrounds they tend to have.
I attended a day-long orientation in a high-rise, Times Square building with carefully-selected minimalist decor. Most of the students in attendance were from other private institutions. Briefly, we went over what they deemed to be”safe” and “accessible” words to use with these students, who, it was implied, might not understand a certain vocabulary.
On Monday, August 3, several organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, the National Education Association, and the American Civil Liberties Union released “Schools in Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools.” The report, which addresses issues such as names and pronouns, dress codes, and puberty and medical transition “represents an important milestone in reducing health disparities among transgender youth, something that we are also working toward at the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education,” stated Dr. Celia Fisher, Center Director.
The Applied Developmental Psychology doctoral program at Fordham University takes a unique, multidisciplinary approach to the study of social issues. The Fordham program has introduced three new specialities: Families, Schools, and Society; Race, Ethnicity, and Culture; and Health, Illness, and Well-Being; all of which recognize the increasing need for multidisciplinary perspectives on health promotion research and interventions across the lifespan.
The program aims to increase understanding of developmental processes, including health, academic, cognitive, social, and emotional outcomes over time. To accomplish this, they are adding to their renowned faculty a position that is open to experienced scientists in public health, education and biopsychology. To learn more about the program, please visit the Fordham ADP website. For the announcement for the new position and information on how to apply, please see the ad listing.
On October 2, 2013, the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education hosted a discussion with faculty and teaching fellows across a broad array of disciplines on creating LGBTQ inclusive curricula and welcoming classroom experiences.
The discussion included brief presentations by Fordham faculty from different departments and honest discussion illuminating opportunities for and challenges of creating LGBTQ curricula and welcoming classroom climate.
A list of recommendations and teaching resources emerged from this very fruitful interdisciplinary dialogue. Some of the recommendations include challenging heterosexist assumptions, developing inclusive (rather than “us versus them”) terminology, and increasing visibility of LGBTQ role models and allies.
The webinar will serve as an introduction to the Commission’s new education materials, developed to support the teaching of bioethics ideas, principles, and theories at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. The webinar will review the materials and discuss their potential application in existing curricula for both traditional and nontraditional educational settings.
On August 26, 2013, Dr. Adam Fried, Assistant Director of the Center for Ethics Education, gave the following address at the Academic Convocation for the Fordham College at Rose Hill Class of 2017. Dr. Fried was asked to speak on behalf of all members of faculty, and to welcome the new class to the Fordham University academic community. In case you were unable to attend, here is a transcript of the address:
Using Your Moral Compass to Navigate the College Experience
Thank you, Dean Parmach. Welcome students! I’m so honored and excited to have an opportunity to speak with you today.
First, let me tell you a little about what I do. I’m the assistant director of the Fordham Center for Ethics Education. We organize conferences and lectures, conduct research, administer an undergraduate essay prize in ethics, and offer a Master’s in Ethics and Society and an undergraduate interdisciplinary minor in bioethics. Our programs provide the Fordham community and the public with the knowledge and skills to shape a just society. At Fordham, I teach and my work centers on ethics. But I am also a clinical psychologist and I have worked with veterans, college students and at-risk children and adolescents. Although these two areas, ethics and psychology, may seem quite different, there is in fact a great deal of overlap.