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Meet Dr. Marlowe V.N. Washington

Dr. Marlowe V.N. Washington was named senior diversity officer at Fisher in 2021.

Dr. Marlowe V.N. Washington

Dr. Marlowe V.N. Washington

In his role, Washington reports to the president and serves as a member of the University’s senior staff, overseeing the continuation of the University’s focused efforts supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion. He collaborates with University stakeholders and operationalizes strategic plan goals that aim to develop cultural competency skill sets, diversify the campus through recruitment and retention efforts, strengthen relationships with community leaders, and cultivate an environment that supports belonging.

With a deep passion for civic engagement, Washington is a current member of the Monroe County Alliance for Transformation of Community and Police; the Rotary Club of Rochester; and the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities. Over the last decade, he has given his time to dozens of other community-based organizations, including the New York State Department of Justice Juvenile Division Youth Detention Taskforce, Rochester Kids First Coalition, and Greater Rochester YMCA. He was the chair and founder of Rise Up Rochester, Inc., which grew from a collaboration between “You Bet I Told,” a public awareness campaign promoting an anti-no snitching and gun violence program, and Families and Friends of Murdered Children and Victims of Violence, Inc.

Washington holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Francis College, a master’s degree from the New York Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Rochester’s Northeastern Seminary. He earned his Doctor of Education in Executive Leadership from Fisher in 2019; his dissertation focused on executive leadership in higher education, with a concentration on diversity and inclusion.