The 2023 Fordham London Summer Program experience continues!
On Tuesday, July 25 (day two of the program), students gathered for their NYC coursework. The courses offered
are Comparative Social Welfare Policy and Methods of Group Work Intervention. You can read more about the courses themselves here. Acting faculty for this year’s London program are Dr. Carole Cox, Dr. Dana Marlowe, Dr. Gregory Acevedo, and Dr. Jemel Aguilar.
On day three of the program, students took a tour of two historic NYC settlement houses — Henry Street Settlement House, and University Settlement.
Henry Street Settlement
At 9:30 a.m. ET, students gathered at 265 Henry Street on NYC’s Lower East Side, ready for the day. They were greeted by Henry Street’s VP for Marketing and Communications, Barbara Kancelbaum, and Henry Street Resident Historian Katie Vogel for a tour of the House on Henry Street exhibit. The exhibit details the organization’s storied history as well as the building and programs it offers today.
Henry Street was founded in 1893 by social work pioneer Lillian Wald to provide services to “children, families, and the poor.” It has since grown to offer over 50 programs consisting of services such as preschool, Meals on Wheels delivery, and mental health counseling to over 50,000 New Yorkers annually.
Of Henry Street’s 18 locations, four are recognized as significant historical landmark structures, and two have received awards for the Settlement’s preservation efforts.
To read more about Henry Street Settlement, please visit its website.
That same afternoon, the group made its way over to 189 Allen Street to visit the historic University Settlement.
In 1886, University Settlement was established as the first settlement house in the United States. It partners with 40,000 New Yorkers on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and in Brooklyn annually to “build on their strengths as they achieve healthy, stable, and remarkable lives.”
University Settlement offers programs across the lifespan from Early Childhood Education to Adult English
Classes. University Settlement also currently offers a unique opportunity for MSW students (at Fordham and other schools in the area) to complete their field placement internships in the organization, beginning with an intensive, two-day orientation.
The visit began with a presentation from University Settlement staff about the history of University Settlement and further details about its current offerings. Fordham students were then treated to a tour of the different buildings throughout the Lower East Side.
To read more about University Settlement, please visit its website.
Onward Across the Pond!
Fordham GSS thanks Henry Street and University Settlement for graciously making time for us!
This week’s programming is just the beginning! Now that we have grounded ourselves in the roots of NYC
settlement house history, we are headed across the pond to London. This gives our MSW students the opportunity to see settlement house culture and social work from a different perspective and gain a new international lens they can use to improve advocacy and service efforts within their own communities!
Stay tuned for more updates from #FordhamGSSLondon2023!
More from this week
Check out some pictures below from days two and three of the program!