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Civic Engagement

Through an education rooted in the liberal arts, St. John Fisher University prepares individuals for lives of intellectual, professional, and civic integrity, in which diversity and service to others are valued and practiced.

Community service and civic engagement have been at the heart of St. John Fisher University since its founding by the Congregation of St. Basil in 1948. Service in and to the community continues to be a fundamental component of the University's unique preparation.

Civic Action Plan

Fisher’s civic and community engagement programming provides students with experiences and content that broaden their perspectives and allow for classroom application in Rochester’s neighborhoods and non-profit organizations. Civic learning develops a deep commitment to service that supports the College’s mission, enhances the spirit of collaboration across campus, and strengthens our community.

In the 2015—2016 academic year, President Rooney’s first year in office, he and several members of administration, faculty, and staff developed the Civic Action Plan, which is currently being implemented in a variety of ways, including the establishment of a new vision for civic and community engagement at the University and the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement.

Civic Action Plan [pdf]

Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

Fisher established the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement in 2018 to carry out President Rooney’s Civic Action Plan and to form stronger ties between historical community engagement programs of the University: Community-Engaged Learning, Service and First Generation Scholarship programs, and Fisher’s dedication to transformative civic education.

Center for Community Engagement

The measure of a community is the sum of what its citizens give back in terms of their time, talent, and heart. A collaboration among the City of Rochester, The United Way of Greater Rochester, and St. John Fisher University, the Center for Community Engagement was created to increase this sum for the greater Rochester area.

Students help paint an area school during the annual Project Community Convergence event.

Students help paint an area school during the annual Project Community Convergence event.