Ambassadors for Inclusion

The Ambassador for Inclusion (AFI) Professional Learning Community provides opportunities for ongoing conversation around and professional development in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI)—important values in Suffolk’s institutional culture.

This professional learning community is a signature initiative created by members of the Racial Equity & Justice Campus Team. Participants engage in deep study of best practices related to JEDI work. Any Suffolk faculty or staff member or alumnus interested in expanding their knowledge of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion is invited to participate. There are two Ambassador for Inclusion programs being offered on a regular basis.

AFI 1.0 - Creating an Inclusive Community
In this six-week program, participants will develop an understanding of JEDI principles, learn how and why that knowledge is essential in cultivating welcoming work environments and apply those principles in educating and supporting others on their respective JEDI journeys. Program activities include independent review of program materials (videos, articles, etc.), reflective journaling, community dialogue sessions, attending workshops, and meetings with an assigned cohort partner.

AFI 2.0 - Becoming an Inclusive Leader
Anyone who has completed AFI 1.0 is invited to participate in AFI 2.0. Participants in this program will move from JEDI concepts to action by organizing and implementing an individual JEDI project. Activities include deep exploration of JEDI content such as disrupting bias, inclusive leadership traits, and cultural intelligence. Participants will exercise their knowledge to influence transformative change at their respective workplaces.

Upcoming Program Sessions

Ambassador for Inclusion 1.0: Summer 2022
The next AFI 1.0 program will take place May 25–June 29, 2022. Participants will devote approximately two hours per week to the program and attendance is mandatory at specific sessions during the program. These sessions are on the following Wednesdays: May 25, June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22, and June 29. For more information regarding the program, please contact Joyya Smith or Jennifer Blakey.
Register for AFI 1.0—Summer 2022

Ambassador for Inclusion 2.0—Becoming an Inclusive Leader: Summer 2022
The next AFI 2.0 program will take place June 1–July 27, 2022. Participants will devote approximately two hours per week to the program and attendance is mandatory at specific sessions during the program. These sessions are on the following Wednesdays: June 1, June 15, June 29, July 13, and July 27. For more information regarding the program, please contact Joyya Smith, Ank Stuyfzand, or Jennifer Blakey.
Register for AFI 2.0—Summer 2022

AFI Facilitators and Program Contacts

Tim Albers
Ilona Anderson
Jennifer Blakely 
Jamie Bondar
Andrew Cioffi
Diane D’Angelo
Jenny Joseph-Hayle
Micky Lee
Sarah Mellen
Kathleen Peets
Joyya Smith
Ank Stuyfzand
Yvonne Wells