Programs & Resources

The Human Resources Office events and programs are available to all staff and are always evolving to meet your needs.

Ongoing Programs

Learning over Lunch workshop series

The Learning over Lunch is a series of interactive workshops on a variety of relevant topics. Past programs have included:

  • Creating a Culture of Inclusion on Campus
  • Using Networking to Develop a Diverse Pool of Candidates
  • Working Remotely Weekly Tips Series
    Bring your lunch/snack and get the latest tips on self-care and technology to make working remotely a better experience. Hosted by the Remote Readiness Team - Information Technology Services (ITS), Human Resources, Risk Management and the Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence (CTSE).

    Every Wednesday beginning on April 15 12:00 PM via Zoom.

Employee Resource Groups

Employee Resource Groups provide opportunities for faculty and staff to engage in networking and professional development activities to foster connection and community at Suffolk University. Currently, 9% of the Suffolk workforce is engaged in one or more employee resource group.

Leadership Institute

Suffolk’s University’s Leadership Institute is a 6 day journey over the Spring semester built on a framework that recognizes the importance of building awareness and competence across four levels: personal, interpersonal, groups/teams and systems. Through this program participants gain a deeper understanding of their personal leadership characteristics, consider varying leadership philosophies and develop or enrich their own, increase their ability to manage difficult situations (conflicts), work with and lead groups, better understand the structure and interaction of various campus constituents, lead a change initiative and prepare for the challenges facing higher education today and in the future. Participant outcomes will be achieved through a combination of readings, diagnostics, speakers, videos, exercises, discussions, case studies (with an emphasis on the challenges facing leaders in higher education today). The program has been designed with active learning at the forefront so that participants are highly engaged partners fully participative in the developmental process throughout the program.

Participation is by invitation only.

Susan Vogt Leadership Fellows Program

As a member of the The Boston Consortium, Suffolk University can sponsor an employee to apply to participate with The Susan Vogt Leadership Fellows Program, which honors the remarkable work and spirit of Susan Vogt, Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at Wellesley College from 2000 to 2003. The Fellowship carries on her legacy by connecting, developing, and supporting emerging leaders within the schools of The Boston Consortium and seeks to increase awareness of the Consortium's values and activities at the grassroots level, connect and engage practitioners in meaningful projects, and foster collaboration and camaraderie in the next generation of leaders.

Other Programs and Workshops

  • Inclusive Hiring Workshops for Faculty Search Committees
  • Inclusive Hiring Workshops for Staff Hiring Managers
  • Annual Conference on Supporting Students
  • Custom Workshops on request

Check-out Resources Available

LinkedIn Learning

Technology

Orientations & Trainings

Here at Suffolk University, we believe in the importance of creating a safe and healthy environment for all of our employees. To this end, we provide trainings that will help us all be informed on topics vital to this mission. Completion of your courses is required for all employees of Suffolk. If you have difficulty logging in, please contact the Human Resources Office

The trainings are highly interactive and engaging; based in research around the best practices for communicating and maintaining healthy relationships with your colleagues and students. As you complete your training, we invite you to reach out to the many referenced resources in order to join the larger discussion of these topics on our campus including the Suffolk policies.

New Employee Webinar Trainings

To be completed within 30 days of their first day of work.

Preventing Harassment and Discrimination (60-150 min)

This package includes tracks for supervisors and non-supervisors, and optional (we include this, right? It is not optional for our training) Title IX and Clery Act training. Title IX, Clery Act, and harassment prevention training on promoting and building a safe, positive and productive workplaces through the power of bystanders; developing awareness and recognizing discrimination; inclusivity and equity; the harmful impact of discrimination on the individual and the workplace; leading by example to create a workplace resistant to discrimination, tools to respond to problematic behavior; identifying discriminatory conduct, including retaliation and in the context of hiring, etc. (supervisors).

Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace (60 min)

This course explores the benefits of diversity in the workplace and provides practical strategies for workplace inclusion, providing a welcoming environment, and valuable opportunities for all. This course uses the unique experiences of real people to explore key concepts such as identity, power, privilege, and communication. By appreciating our shared experiences of difference, our shared expectations of respect, and our shared need to belong, employees are encouraged to identify how they can create more inclusive and accepting workplaces.

Managing Bias (20 min)

The Managing Implicit Bias course is designed to increase awareness of implicit bias and reduce its impact to create a foundation for an inclusive workplace culture.

FERPA Basics (30 min)

Overview of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, commonly referred to as FERPA or the Buckley Amendment, is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student’s educational record. FERPA applies to all educational agencies or institutions that receive federal funding for any program administered by the Department of Education.

Employee Webinar Refresher Trainings

Preventing Harassment and Discrimination (60-150 min)

This package includes tracks for supervisors and non-supervisor. Title IX, Clery Act, and harassment prevention training on promoting and building a safe, positive and productive workplaces through the power of bystanders; developing awareness and recognizing discrimination; inclusivity and equity; the harmful impact of discrimination on the individual and the workplace; leading by example to create a workplace resistant to discrimination, tools to respond to problematic behavior; identifying discriminatory conduct, including retaliation and in the context of hiring, etc. (supervisors).

Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace (60 min)

This course explores the benefits of diversity in the workplace and provides practical strategies for workplace inclusion, providing a welcoming environment and valuable opportunities for all. This course uses the unique experiences of real people to explore key concepts such as identity, power, privilege, and communication. By appreciating our shared experiences of difference, our shared expectations of respect, and our shared need to belong, employees are encouraged to identify how they can create more inclusive and accepting workplaces.

Bridges: Building a Supportive Community/Title IX Sexual Assault and Clery Act Training (45 min)

Introduces and reviews the concepts of bystander intervention, building a supportive community; includes scenarios to practice responding to information about sexual misconduct, reporting, and retaliation, intimate partner violence; confidentiality, students at high risk; self-care; understanding a survivor’s reactions and how to talk to survivors.

Our New Staff Employee Orientation is a year-long experience beginning with the first day welcome followed by a half-day orientation within the first month of employment. Each month following and within the their first year new staff employees will be invited to a one hour meeting with a leader from areas across the community such as diversity, access & inclusion, information technology, campus police and security as well as others to learn more about each and how each contributes to the University.

New Staff Employee Orientation is designed to positively impact how our new employees acclimate to our community and accelerate their learning to become productive members of our teams more quickly.

Participation is by invitation only.

Suffolk’s New Manager Orientation is held six times per year for new employees in a manager role or current employees who have recently been appointed to a management role.

The New Manager Orientation is a program is a two half day sessions including an e-learning path covering information to set you up for success in your new role. We cover HR basics including performance management, policies and procedures, recruitment and legal requirements.

Participation is by invitation only

ITS offers technology learning opportunities for Suffolk University faculty and staff to aid in performing key job tasks. Applications include Microsoft Office, Qualtrics Survey Software, and more.

Technology Tools

Zoom Webinar Training - Recorded