College Introduces #FisherCares Initiative
Nearly everywhere you look on campus this week, you can find a sign promoting #FisherCares. But what exactly does it mean?
According to Residence Directors Amanda Nasso and Kara Crosson, the initiative was established by staff members in the Division of Student Affairs and Diversity Initiatives as a way to continue Fisher’s “ethic of caring” that students experience on a daily basis across campus. The Office of Residential Life worked all summer to plan the various parts of the initiative, and began to roll it out during Orientation Weekend. They also started to advertise it to upperclassmen and first-year students during move-in days.
“It is our hope that #FisherCares will serve as a means to further integrate the values of the Fisher Creed into our daily interactions with others in an effort to promote a community that is safe and welcoming for everyone,” said Nasso.
As part of the roll-out, #FisherCares signs were sprinkled outside of the residence halls and materials were posted on each floor. Additionally, each student received a wallet card with information about the initiative during move-in, and students were asked to sign a #FisherCares banner that will hang in each residence hall.
Incoming freshmen were also treated to a #FisherCares session hosted by the Office of Residential Life, where they watched a video created by Resident Assistant Trisha SanFillipo, which featured student leaders across campus talking about their Fisher experiences. The students also gave advice about how to be successful during their first year. Nasso said some of the topics addressed in the video included homesickness, living with a roommate, making good decisions surrounding issues with alcohol, and developing good boundaries. Immediately following the video, freshmen had a chance to direct questions to an RA panel.
“On campus, we regularly talk about the ‘Fisher family.’ Once you are part of it, you understand what that concept involves but, from the outside, or to our new students, it’s often hard to convey the level of kindness and caring that our community has for one another,” said Crosson. “This initiative showcases some of the great things that were already taking place on our campus, and bringing groups of students, faculty, and staff together to celebrate what makes St. John Fisher College a special place to study, work, and live. Our hope is that the spirit of Fisher continues to flourish through this initiative.”
Over the course of the semester, #FisherCares organizers will use Twitter and Instagram to connect with students about the initiative. In particular, they will be promoting the official #FisherCares Day, which is set to take place on Thursday, October 17. In addition, they will soon introduce a Student of the Month program.
Crosson said they are still looking to get more student groups and campus offices and departments involved in the planning and execution of #FisherCares. Anyone interested in helping can email firstname.lastname@example.org.