Diversity Mission, Vision, and Goals

Mission

The mission of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs 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.

Vision

We envision a teaching/living/learning community that incorporates and centers diversity within our academic core values and one that forwards those values as an explicit example of the Basilian motto, “Teach me goodness, discipline, and knowledge."

Goals

For multiculturalism and diversity to become an integral and shared commitment at St. John Fisher College, 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 education on multiculturalism and diversity issues including 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.

Objectives

Cultural Awareness Programs

  • Increase participation in and campus-wide commitment to multicultural events and student-sponsored events.
  • Deliver more informative 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.

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 multicultural global community.

Education

  • Offer diversity awareness retooling for faculty/staff and students to promote the College's vision to create an inclusive environment, particularly for incoming 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 environments.

Recruitment and Retention

  • Assist admissions and other offices and academic programs in their recruitment efforts and goals 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 and staff, Fisher ALANA and other students, and high school students from historically underrepresented groups.

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.