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: Fall 2022
The next AFI 1.0 program will take place October 12–November 16, 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: October 12, October 19, October 26, November 2, November 9, and November 16. All sessions begin at 12:30 p.m., and with the exception of the opening and closing, are only one hour long. The opening and closing sessions are an hour and a half. For more information regarding the program, please contact Joyya Smith or Jennifer Blakey.
Register for AFI 1.0—Fall 2022

Become an AFI Facilitator
Have you completed AFI 1.0? We would love to have you join us as a facilitator. There will be a facilitator training on Thursday, October 6, 2022, from 12–1:30 p.m.
Register for AFI 1.0 Facilitator Training

Other Programs Offered

Ambassador for Inclusion 2.0—Becoming an Inclusive Leader: Spring 2023
The next AFI 2.0 program will take place in spring 2023. Participants will devote approximately two hours per week to the program and attendance is mandatory at specific sessions during the program. Session dates and registration information will be provided later in the fall. For more information regarding the program, please contact Joyya Smith, Ank Stuyfzand, or Jennifer Blakey.

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