Strategic Framework for Advancing DEI at Fisher

St. John Fisher University has defined DEI and our strategic direction to include one thing—fostering a culture of belonging.

Our strategic framework for fostering a culture of belonging compliments Fisher’s strategic plan and priorities that include an overall strategy goal to include all and exclude none. To acknowledge Fisher’s practice and strengthen its inclusive excellence reach, we endeavor to promote DEI at Fisher across three specific areas:

As we advance DEI through these three priorities and additional goal areas, we've outlined actions in progress now through 2025. 

Inclusive Talent Management

Our specific actions include:

Promoting DEI in Hiring

Leverage an applicant tracking system to promote a diverse candidate pool. Continue DEI training for hiring managers and selection committees. 

Proposed

Infuse DEI in onboarding and orientation.

Proposed

Developing Cultural Competency

Develop DEI components for faculty and staff annual evaluation.

Proposed

Cabinet members complete the Belong network micro-credential.

We Did It!

Commit to the Council of Independent Colleges initiative, “BELONG.” All managers participate in the Belong network micro-credential.

Proposed

Program and Community Outreach

Our specific actions include:

Creating and Maintaining an Inventory of Partnerships

Inventory current programming supporting our surrounding community and develop recommendations for expanded partnerships.

Proposed

Inventory nonprofits and community programs including stated goals that align with Fisher community engagement to expand mutually beneficial partnerships, and in partnership with the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement.

Proposed

Nurturing Achievement in Higher Education

Review Urban Scholars data to understand its purpose and make recommendations around its effectiveness, mission, and goals.

Proposed

Identify potential partnerships with other city-based schools and community-based programs and their goals around college achievement.

Proposed

Student Success

Our specific actions include:

Fostering a Success-Oriented Mindset

Foster and develop a success-oriented mindset, sense of belonging, and access to institutional data that foster and develop academic success.

In Progress

Using a DEI Lens to Review Academic Initiatives and Opportunities

Review the impact of academic initiatives through a DEI lens (e.g., library renovation, iPads, classroom redesign, departmental curriculum revision, and FisherLink).

Proposed

Audit participation in and access to academic opportunities (e.g., internships, transportation, parking, clothing, summer programming, mentoring, learning communities, and academic-focused clubs and organizations).

Proposed

Identify professional standards by which the institution will assess and adopt policies, processes, and operations through a DEI lens.

Proposed

Additional Goal Areas

Expanding Fisher's Commitment to DEI

Facilitate the ongoing integration of DEI into the strategic plan.

In Progress

Assess membership and primary function of the Inclusion Council.

In Progress

Aligning Curriculum and Pedagogy

Review Fisher Core Curriculum in collaboration with the School of Arts and Science to embed DEI principles into the Core.

Proposed

Create a role for a DEI Fellow to align faculty education and professional development.

Proposed

Strengthening Our Community of Belonging

Support the Interfaith Learning Circle and extend interfaith dialogue and program offerings to include discussions with members of the Indigenous community.

In Progress

Prepare the University for the Campus Climate Study in spring 2024.

In Progress

Serve as a resource supporting SGA’s resolution on gender-inclusive restrooms.

Almost There!

Encourage “Belong” Community credential participation across the University with all constituents.

In Progress