“Mr. Fisher’s genuine concern for bringing in more Black students and… his involvement in admission’s procedure resulted in a 100% increase over the previous year’s freshman enrollment and his efforts in implementing programs of further orientation have aided the entire freshman class this year.”
- Ray Henry
President, Afro-American Society 1969
As the staff advisor of the Afro-American Society and an admissions officer, Michael Fisher worked towards the increased admission and retention of Black students at CWRU. It is in the spirit of his work that the Michael E. Fisher Scholarship is designated as assistance for a Black undergraduate in their second year of study at CWRU.
Michael E. Fisher
In his short tenure at Case Western Reserve University, Robert Fisher had a profound impact on the Black students who sought change in the campus on which they resided. As the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Fisher focused much of his efforts on the recruitment and retention of Black students to the university. Fisher played a significant part in the creation and running of a Black student pre-freshman orientation. This program was aimed at Black applicants to the university so that they might get acquainted with the Black community and resources at CWRU. A bold leader far ahead of his time, Fisher actively advocated for the Black students of CWRU so that they could speak out against injustice. His efforts in his role as advisor to the Afro-American Society empowered young Black students to advocate for themselves and their community. One of the young leaders Fisher mentored was none other than our own Stephanie Tubbs Jones. This scholarship serves as one more extension of Fisher’s work and kindness.