In mid-January, Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, and several Fordham representatives made their first visit to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria struck in October 2017, causing devastation from which the island is still recovering. Nearly 100 alumni and friends from across the University, as well as about a dozen students who have been admitted to the Fordham Class of 2023, attended the local presidential reception in San Juan.
On their last day on the island, several Fordham alumni, staff, and friends spent the morning volunteering at La Fondita de Jesús, a local organization serving people who are homeless, including many affected by the hurricane. In the evening, they had the opportunity to attend the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, brought to Puerto Rico by creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to support local arts and culture initiatives that promote tourism and economic recovery. And, thanks to Fordham Law alumna and adjunct professor Vanessa Nadal, who is married to Miranda, the group also enjoyed a private post-show reception.