Mission & Values


Fisk University produces graduates from diverse backgrounds with the integrity and intellect required for substantive contributions to society. Our curriculum is grounded in the liberal arts. Our faculty and administrators emphasize the discovery and advancement of knowledge through research in the natural and social sciences, business and the humanities. We are committed to the success of scholars and leaders with global perspective.


The D.E.T.A.I.L.S. represents Fisk's core values. Our values reflect our overall ethical and moral engagement. We, the Fisk Family, seek to internalize these principles and apply them in our day-to-day work and in our lives.


We believe that our individual differences are a collective strength. We will support and encourage diversity of opinion and of culture which aids us in building a collective wisdom that results in more powerful and relevant solutions to our challenges.

We believe that excellence is the result of a lifelong pursuit of the highest standards. At Fisk, our collective quest is to earn merit through commitment to rigorous scholarship, cultural literacy, and high ethical standards.

We believe that individuals achieve high standards when supported by the collective work of others. We reinforce this value by constantly creating opportunities to collaborate both inside and outside of traditional alliances at our University, our proximate community, and the world.

We believe that we must hold ourselves to the highest standard when we make commitments. Consistent and measurable follow-through is essential for individual and team progress. We are forthright about our successes and shortcomings and we will position Fisk for continued achievement.
We believe that it is our responsibility to prepare young people to be stewards of an ever changing world. That means that we must model behavior grounded in truthfulness and compassion.
We believe that leaders are obligated to empower those around them. We are consistent, transparent, and accountable. Through our words and behaviors we encourage others to exhibit these same attributes.
We believe that service is our ability to give the gift of knowledge to humanity. As we service, we become transformed and so are our communities.