Student-Led Dialogue Calls for Anti-Racism Culture at Fisher


By Nandi Sommers ’21, staff writer

During a student-led dialogue at St. John Fisher College, students led conversations about race relations in the Rochester Community. 

From the violence against the Black community locally, to Black Lives Matter activism, to what it means to be an ally, students shared their experiences about how they can be a change at Fisher. 

“I think it’s important that as the future generation of workers, especially as education workers, we are aware of social issues and listening to the voices of those who aren’t heard,” Fisher student Besime Kursav said.

Kursav, gave a brief presentation about the book “Stamped” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. She also explained the difference between what makes a racist and what makes someone an anti-racist. 

“I believe that amplifying the voices of people of color, specifically Black people is very important in increasing diversity. Being aware of the people around us, actively listening and reflecting enriches the educational experience. It’s important that we hold each other accountable and actively be anti-racist,” Kursav said.

“It’s important that we recognize, it’s not enough to not be racist. We need to actively be anti-racist for change both at Fisher and in our country.”