Diversity Programs and Events

Throughout the year, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs hosts a variety of festivals and gatherings that celebrate cultures and ethnicities from around the world.

Several events, including Four Freedoms Week, the Annual Day of Celebration, Kwanzaa Dinner, Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, and Diversity Dinner for Alumni and Graduating Seniors, have become campus traditions attended by students, faculty, staff, and community members.

T-shirts hang on campus during the annual Four Freedoms Week.

Four Freedoms Week

During Four Freedoms Week, students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to reflect on the value of freedom. The Four Freedoms were originally articulated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 6, 1941, when he proposed that there were four universal freedoms inherent to every global citizen: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

Fisher's Four Freedoms Week features speakers, interactive programs, and exhibits that are generally free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

The week typically coincides with the College’s Clothesline Project display. The Clothesline Project started in Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for those affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a t-shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. The t-shirts also signify the importance of speaking out against gender violence and demonstrate the power of a community committed to peaceful social action.

Ethnic dancers perform during the College's annual Day of Celebration event.

Day of Celebration and Kwanzaa Dinner

The Day of Celebration is an all-day, campus-wide festival that showcases holiday celebrations from various races, cultures, ethnicities, and traditions. Cultural traditions on display include Three Kings Day, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Ramadan, among others. Throughout the day, musical performances, dances, displays, food, and "make it and take it" crafts celebrate the diverse customs found around the world.

The day concludes with a traditional Kwanzaa dinner, a secular African tradition that celebrates the harvest and is observed during a seven day period, starting from December 26 and ending on January 1.

Photos of Martin Luther King, Jr. are displayed during the annual Coexistence Dinner.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Co-Existence Dinner

Each year, the College organizes a week-long celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. The Coexistence Dinner and Dialogue brings together members of the Fisher community and members of faith communities for an enriching dialogue about spirituality and faith.

The dinner’s goal is to foster deeper insights into the religious beliefs of others through the use of contemplative discussion, art, and service. A list of questions help participants navigate around topics that can often be seen as difficult or make conversations uncomfortable.

Students proudly wear their ceremonial stole at graduation.

Diversity Dinner for Alumni and Graduating Seniors

The Alumni of Color (AOC) at St. Fisher College, in collaboration with the Offices of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs and Alumni Relations, sponsor an annual dinner in honor of the graduating students of color.

As a part of this tradition, new graduates have the opportunity to network with alumni and friends of the College, receive a ceremonial stole to wear at graduation, and share their post-graduation plans.