Fisher Celebrated as Level Up Champion

November 18, 2022

The Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI) has recognized St. John Fisher University as a Level Up Champion for the Rochester community. The program encourages employers to make a commitment to wage enhancement by establishing at least a $15/hour starting pay for all employees in their organization. Fisher was among nearly 100 area employers honored for its involvement in the program during a one-year anniversary celebration held in October.

Badge: Level Up Champion - Giving Our Community a Raise

“The Level Up Champion designation signifies to current employees, potential employees, and the general public that Fisher believes increasing wages are essential to promoting upward mobility and we are committed to being a part of the wider movement to lift our entire community,” said Valerie Benjamin, assistant vice president for human resources.

Aqua Y. Porter, executive director of RMAPI, applauded organizations willing to stand with the Initiative and its efforts.

“Level Up Champions have recognized the value that their employees bring and the dignity inherent in all work,” Porter said. “Their commitment is a shining example to all employers in our community that everyone can be part of the solution to increasing upward mobility for all families, and that taking the first step toward wage equity is within their grasp.”

To learn more about the initiative and become a Level Up Champion, visit