Ambassadors for Inclusion Program

The purpose of Ambassadors for Inclusion is to provide an opportunity for ongoing conversation around, and professional development in, two important values in our institutional culture—diversity and inclusion.

Ambassador for Inclusion logoThe Ambassador for Inclusion is a pilot program developed by the Professional Learning Committee within the Racial Equity & Justice Campus Team. The program offers participants a variety of ways to engage in, and reflect upon, activities and experiences related to diversity and inclusion. 

Any faculty or staff member who is interested in expanding their knowledge of, and signaling their support for, diversity and inclusion, are invited to participate.

Program Goals

Upon successful completion of the Ambassador for Inclusion Pilot Program participants will know/understand:

  1. How diversity and inclusion impact the experiences of those in our campus community
  2. The role that empathy plays in cultivating welcoming and safe learning and work environments
  3. The importance of engaging in continuous dialogue to raise awareness of, and support for, diversity and inclusion

Objectives

Upon successful completion of the Ambassador for Inclusion Pilot Program participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate familiarity with diversity and inclusion terminology
  2. Assess and increase their knowledge of how others’ experiences may differ from their own
  3. Identify and discuss issues related to diversity and inclusion in their campus work
  4. Engage in, and reflect upon, experiences and activities that expand their understanding of diversity and inclusion
  5. Utilize a more informed perspective to support campus diversity and inclusion efforts and create opportunities to empower others to do the same

Program Structure

This program has been designed to be flexible and convenient and to ensure that the experience will meet participants’ personal needs, goals, and interests.

Program content will be hosted in Blackboard, where participants will choose two or more activities from the options provided.

Pilot program activities include reading articles or books; listening to podcasts; watching videos; completing interactive learning modules or studies of images or historical figures; or visiting a virtual museum exhibit.

After completing each activity, participants will post in Blackboard a brief, private (read only by the program facilitators) reflection about their experience. Participants may also elect to engage in dialogue with other program participants using a discussion board tool.

Successful completion of the program will be established through the following assessments:

  • Completion of the foundation exercise
  • Journal reflections on program activities
  • Participation in discussion boards
  • A diversity and inclusion quiz, taken after the closing event

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will earn a “badge”—a sticker with the Ambassador for Inclusion graphic seen on the top of this page—that can be displayed on an office door, window, or cube. This badge will indicate that its owner has invested time and effort in learning strategies and tactics to be an ambassador for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Suffolk community.

Registration

Important Pilot Program Dates

  • May 18, 2020 – Online registration begins
  • May 31, 2020 – Online registration closes
  • June 1, 2020, 12 p.m. – Opening Session via Zoom
  • June 30, 2020, 12 p.m. – Closing Session via Zoom
Please register for the pilot program by May 29, 2020

Program Contacts

For more information about this program, please contact any of the committee members: Joyya Smith, Jennifer Blakely, Diane D’Angelo, Tim AlbersSuzanne JohnKathleen Peets, or Lisa Vigliotta.