Suffolk University offers Ram Academy as an extended transition program for new first-year students after they have completed orientation. Each Ram Academy is tailored to a different segement of the student experience...leadership, multiculturalism & social justice, service & community engagement, and Boston arts and culture.

Ram Academy is a unique way to learn more, go further, & really connect with the Suffolk experience...while having the most fun possible with other new Rams.

Ram Academy participants will:

  • Be provided with an opportunity to make friends with other incoming first-year students who share similar interests
  • Have a unique co-curricular engagement experience that supports a successful college transition and thereby create a sense of belonging in their new community
  • Be exposed to greater understanding and appreciation for a pluralistic society
  • Build connections with upper-class students and members of Suffolk's faculty/staff
  • Be introduced to shared expectations for community membership at Suffolk University
  • Build confidence in understanding and accessing the personal and academic support resources available at Suffolk
  • Get a jump start on getting engaged in campus life and find out what it really means to be a Suffolk student

Ram Academy participants will work with experienced  student leaders, staff, and other first-year students in an experiential education model. Use the below tabs to learn more about the various Ram Academy programs being offered this year and register today (space is limited).

Questions? Email orientation@suffolk.edu or call 617.573.8321

Ram Academy 2015

Multicultural & Social Justice Ram Academy

Monday, August 3 - Thursday, August 6

Are you an activist at heart? What to change the world? Interested in learning more about power and privilege in society? Ready to explore your identities and build connections across difference with other incoming first-year students? Then the Multiculturalism and Social Justice Ram Academy is for you! Participants will develop their social justice lens, gain skills in interrupting bias, and discover ways to be change agents in the world and on our campus. This Ram Academy is interactive, thought provoking, and above all, fun!

Registration Link: Coming Soon!

Location: Suffolk University on 8/2 & The Essex Conference Center in Essex, MA 8/3-8/5. The Multiculturalism and Social Justice Ram Academy will be held at the scenic Essex Conference Center & Retreat just 45 minutes north of Boston. The setting offers a beautiful, natural setting for participants to relax and connect with nature and each other. The facility is tucked amidst 16 acres of forest and surrounded by 250 acres of conservation land. 

Arrival/Departure: Participants should arrive at Miller Hall (10 Somerset St.), Suffolk University between 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Monday, August 3. Participants will arrive back at Suffolk University and be ready to depart Ram Academy by 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 6

Lead Faculty Contact: Jesse Beal (jbeal@suffolk.edu), Assistant Director, Office of Diversity Services (617-573-8613)

Learning Objectives: Students who participate in the Multicultural & Social Justice Ram Academy program will be able to:

  • Deepen their understanding of social justice and multiculturalism.
  • Develop ally skills of noticing and interrupting bias.
  • Create meaningful relationships with one another forging bonds of friendship across difference.
  • Increase their proficiency in positively navigating difficult dialogues about race, class, gender, sexuality, oppression, and privilege.
  • Gain skills in self-reflection.
  • Be empowered to become change agents on our campus and in the world.

 

Boston Arts & Culture Ram Academy

Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16

Are you excited to explore Boston during your time at Suffolk? In the Boston Arts & Culture Ram Academy we will jump-start your Boston experience by exploring its vibrant arts and culture scene. We will explore museums, attend plays, visit music venues, tour historical neighborhoods, see comedy, and do a little art-making ourselves. Come meet a great group of like-minded students as well as Suffolk faculty and staff who are as excited about the Boston arts scene as you are. 

Registration Link: Coming Soon!

Location: Students will be staying overnight at Miller Hall on August 14 and 15. Arts and culture activities will take place on the Suffolk University campus and throughout the City of Boston!

Arrival/Departure: Participants should arrive at Miller Hall (10 Somerset St.), Suffolk University between 8:00-9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 14. Participants will conclude Ram Academy and be ready to depart at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 16.

Lead Faculty Contact: Kristin Baker (kbaker@suffolk.edu), Director for Performing Arts Office (617-573-6307)

Learning Objectives: Students who participate in the Multicultural & Social Justice Ram Academy program will:

  • Gain confidence in navigating the city and its arts and culture resources.
  • Develop a deeper appreciation for a variety of art forms.
  • Learn about engagement opportunities through the arts at Suffolk.
  • Develop significant relationships with Academy participants and leaders.
  • Challenge themselves to explore new art forms.

Outdoor Leadership Challenge Ram Academy

Friday, August 21 - Sunday, August 23

This session provides students with an opportunity to explore personal goal setting, leadership styles, and jumpstart their participation in the Journey Leadership Program and engagement at Suffolk University through an outdoor experiential educational setting. Based in the Exemplary Leadership model, this Ram Academy incorporates the challenge by choice philosophy through small group activities, low and high ropes courses and campfire reflections at Nature’s Classroom in Hancock, New Hampshire.  

Registration Link: Coming Soon!

Location: Nature’s Classroom in Hancock, New Hampshire.  

Arrival/Departure: Participants should arrive at the Donahue Building (41 Temple St.), Suffolk University between 8:30-10 a.m. on Friday, August 21. Participants will arrive back at Suffolk University and be ready to depart Ram Academy by 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, August 23.

Lead Faculty Contacts: Alex Paterson (apaterson@suffolk.edu), Assistant Director, Office of Student Leadership & Involvement (617-573-8320) and Lauren Whelan (lwhelan@suffolk.edu), Assistant Director, Office of Orientation & New Student Programs (617-573-8321)

Learning Outcomes: Students who participate in the Outdoor Leadership Challenge Ram Academy will be able to:

  • Understand and explore their leadership skills and abilities through experiential learning activities grounded in Exemplary Leadership model.
  • Develop an understanding of their personal philosophy of leadership and self-authorship.
  • Learn about engagement opportunities and resources at Suffolk University.
  • Develop significant relationships with peers and facilitators.

Community Engagement & Service Ram Academy

Friday, September 18 - Sunday, September 20

The Community Engagement & Service Ram Academy provides students with an opportunity to explore the area through a social justice lens. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a service project. Participating in this Ram Academy presents an opportunity to meet other first year students with a shared passion for social justice and service in their community. Students will partake in extended social justice training, community building, and interactive discussions which will foster skills in leadership, service and social justice.

Registration Link: Coming Soon!

Location: TBA 

Arrival/Departure: Participants should arrive at the Donahue building lobby between 5:00-6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18th. Participants will return to campus by 3p.m. on Sunday, September 20th.

Lead Faculty Contact: Erin Bessette (ekbessette@suffolk.edu), Center for Community Engagement   

Learning Objectives: Students who participate in the Community Engagement & Service Ram Academy program will be able to:

  • Students will better understand the principles of social justice.
  • Students will understand how their experiences have shaped their view of themselves and the world.
  • Students will understand the root causes of social injustices.
  • Students will understand how social justice issues can be addressed in a respectful, meaningful and effective way.
  • Students will understand that civic engagement is a lifelong process.
  • Student will become aware of the pathways to civic engagement at Suffolk University

Emerging Leaders Ram Academy

Friday, October 2 - Sunday, October 4

Emerging Leaders, sometimes referred to as iLead, is the signature event for first-year students who want to join The Journey leadership program. It is designed to assist you in becoming an influential leader, to encourage you to identify and utilize your personal strengths, and to help you learn more about campus life. Through experiential activities, students are challenged to step outside their comfort zone, learn about setting goals, and make connections with other student leaders in The Journey. This engaging leadership training program teaches everything from understanding yourself and others to develop good communication skills that will help you reach your leadership goals at Suffolk and beyond. 

Registration Link Let Us Know You're Interested When Registration Opens!: Coming Soon!

Location: TBA

Arrival/Departure: TBA

Lead Faculty Contact: David DeAngelis (ddangelis@suffolk.edu), Director, Office of Student Leadership & Involvement (617-573-8320)

Learning Objectives: Students who participate in the Emerging Leaders/ Ram Academy program will be able to:

  • Understand and explore their leadership skills and abilities through experiential learning activities.
  • Illustrate their vision, values and “Strengths” as a leader.           
  • Develop an understanding of their personal philosophy of leadership and own identity.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of leadership concepts and theories.
  •  Learn about engagement opportunities and resources at Suffolk.
  •  Develop significant relationships with peers and facilitators.
  • Reflect on what they learned and how that could be applied in the classroom, their personal lives and as a leader.