Diversity Mission, Vision, and Goals
At St. John Fisher College our mission is to promote the multiple dimensions of diversity, particularly race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic level, religion, and physical ability through education, celebration, evaluation and affirmation. We are committed to building an enriched community that embraces and acts upon the values forwarded in our Fisher Creed.
We envision a teaching/living/learning community that incorporates and centers diversity within our academic core values and one that forwards those values as a explicit example of our Basilian motto: to teach "goodness, discipline and knowledge."
For multiculturalism and diversity to become an integral and shared commitment at St. John Fisher College (SJFC), we will:
- Provide a rich variety of initiatives and programs highlighting cultural awareness on campus and in the broader community
- Broaden academic programming to promote our student body's preparation for full participation in the global community
- Provide, for the campus community, education on multiculturalism and diversity issues include diversity training, assessment, classroom management, cross-cultural communication and conflict resolution
- Support and forward the recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff from racialized ethnicities and other underrepresented populations.
- Deliver a system of support, which includes mentoring, orientation and leadership development, for students from racialized ethnicities and other underrepresented populations mentorship, orientation and leadership development
A. Cultural Awareness Programs
- Increase participation and campus-wide commitment in multicultural events and student-sponsored events.
- Deliver more informative and aesthetically designed publications that promote the programs and initiatives provided by the Office that focus on issues of equity, social justice and multiculturism.
- Connect campus initiatives to those forwarded by the broader community.
B. Academic Programs
- Foster institutional environments and academic offerings that enhance learning and a respect for racial and ethnic diversity.
- Better prepare our students to be more competitive for future work and career possibilities in a global economy and to be better citizens in a multi-cultural global community.
- Offer diversity awareness retooling for faculty/staff and students to promote the College's vision to create an inclusive environment, particularly for in-coming first-year students.
- Provide retooling opportunities for faculty/staff to learn and to implement strategies that improve classroom dynamics, particularly those that impact intercultural communication.
- Improve and acquire more exposure to and education about diversity- related focal areas, particularly the connections between diversity, learning and social environment.
D. Recruitment and Retention
- Assist admissions and other offices'/programs' efforts in recruitment and persistence goals aimed to create a more diverse environment.
- Create a multi-level mentoring program for students of color, designed to increase academic success and social/personal development. The multiple levels include faculty/staff, SJFC ALANA and other students, and high school students from historically underrepresented groups.
E. Student Leadership
- Create a mentoring program to develop leadership skills among students of color to constructively channel their concerns/issues for the betterment of the campus social climate.
- Increase the support base (e.g., financially, participation) for mentoring programs through grant writing efforts.
- Support the Alumni of Color’s (AOC) and Alumni Association's goal to provide opportunities for all students (regardless of race, ethnicity, or class) to feel connected to the campus and to its active alumni body.