Fisher Students Host Spirit of Identity Week

January 17, 2023

The Spirit of Identity Week, a new initiative dedicated to celebrating the different cultures and communities on campus, launched on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 16, with the MLK Black Excellence Legacy Gala hosted by the Black Student Union.

BSU hosted a gala to celebrate Black excellence.

The gala featured keynote speaker Christopher Rush ’12, executive director of the Champion Academy Extreme Mentoring and Empowerment Initiative. BSU also honored several members of the Fisher community; first-year student Isaiah Santiago was given the Community Award; members of the Higher Education Opportunity Program were given the Most Inclusive Community Member Award; and Dr. Michelle Erklenz-Watts was given the St. John Fisher Award.

Throughout the week, Fisher’s other affinity clubs will host informative and meaningful conversations around topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Visit the affinity clubs on the Cardinal Hub or Instagram to learn more about their events. 

Remaining Spirit of Identity Week Events

Discussion on Intersectionality
7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, Golisano Gateway Midlevel
Join SAGA for a keynote address on intersectionality and LGBTQ groups that are often left out.

Discussion on the Model Minority
5 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, Golisano Gateway Midlevel
Join Asian Student Union  who is hosting a guest speaker to talk about the Model Minority Myth.

Discussion on Art and the Latiné Experience
7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, Golisano Gateway Midlevel
The Latiné Student Union will host a discussion about Latiné art.

Discussion on Religion and Identity
5 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, Golisano Gateway Midlevel
Join the Muslim Student Association for an engaging discussion about religion and identity.

Hear Our Voices: Celebration of Identity
3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, Cleary Family Auditorium
Fisher’s affinity groups will come together to celebrate the diverse identities of Fisher students.