Faculty & Staff Resources

Suffolk University supports faculty and staff in making our community a welcoming place for all students—and for one another.

A group of Suffolk students pose for a photo on the 73 Tremont balcony.

Faculty and staff members have an enormous impact on the student experience at Suffolk. They play a primary role in creating an inclusive and equitable campus community by supporting and advising students according to their unique needs. To be effective guides, mentors, and advisors, it is crucial that faculty and staff members alike are mindful of their students’ identities and lived experiences. Equally important is their ability to collaborate with each other in a workplace that is supportive, open, respectful, and equitable for all employees.

Suffolk University provides faculty and staff members with a range of resources designed specifically to help foster this kind of working environment.

Initiatives

[email protected]: Employee Resource Groups

Affinity@Suffolk event table.

Employee Resource Groups offer faculty and staff members opportunities to gather based on shared identities and interests. Activities range from networking and professional development to celebrations of culture, speakers, and chances to just connect and communicate. Join one or start a new one.

Ambassadors For Inclusion

Affinity@Suffolk faculty and staff greet guests at an event.

This program uses learning exercises to help faculty and staff expand their knowledge of diversity and inclusion–related issues, and become actively involved in building a culture of diversity at Suffolk.

Leading for Change Diversity Consortium

Leading For Change Consortium.

Led by Bridgewater State University, this organization’s mission is to find solutions for decreasing the achievement and opportunity gaps for marginalized groups in higher education. Suffolk faculty and staff members are active participants in the consortium, helping through research and data gathering to develop institutional best practices for diversity and inclusion.

Truth Racial Healing and Transformation Initiative

Zen garden with stones.

Organized by Suffolk’s Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Initiative, these are safe spaces for interaction and reflection on topics of conscious and unconscious bias. Attendees focus on intentional listening and honesty, and fostering awareness, consciousness, compassion, and empathy among all who participate.

DEI Training for Employees

Units may include schools, departments, divisions, or other configurations. Supplemental sessions provided to new faculty and staff during orientations, first-year experience programming, etc. Workshop recommendations include diversity, equity, and inclusion unit plans. 

Inclusive Hiring and Recruitment

Engage with search committees to prepare an equitable search process for all open positions. Engage with external search firms and professional organizations to expand recruitment capabilities to increase diversity among the pool of applicants. Increase advertisements by publicizing vacancies in a variety of areas. 

JEDI Monthly Book Discussions

The Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council is comprised of DEI campus leaders and partners from across campus focusing on institutional priorities related to social justice, equity, and representation, and inclusion. (Director of CSDI; Assistant Dean of Law Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Counseling, Health, and Wellness; Center for Career Equity, Development, and Success, Disability Services, Interfaith Center, and other affiliates) 

All university stakeholders are invited to participate in monthly book discussions focused on expanding our knowledge and building community. Future book dates are listed below: 

7/15/2021 | Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
8/20/2021 | Diversity Beyond Lip Service by La'Wana Harris
9/16/2021 | How To Be an Inclusive Leader: Creating Trust, Cooperation, and Community Across Differences by Jennifer Brown 
10/22/2021 | Unbiased: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work by Stacey A. Gordon 
11/18/2021 | Allies and Advocates: Creating an Inclusive and Equitable Culture by Amber Cabral 
12/17/2021 | Recap of Semester
1/20/2022 | The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth about Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations by Robert Livingston 
2/17/2022 | TBA
3/25/2022 | TBA
4/21/2022 | TBA
5/19/2022 | Recap of Semester

The Book Discussion for July will be based on Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. Join us Thursday, July 15 at 3pm. Sign up here