Group Development & Activities

Employee Resource Groups have a significant impact on employee morale, allowing for employees to gather around shared interests, network, and advance their careers.

To join an existing group, request a new group or to begin a conversation, please fill out the Affinity@Suffolk Employee Resource Group Interest Form.

Group Development

During an Affinity@Suffolk initial meeting, a representative from Diversity, Access, and Inclusion will be present to assist with the formation of group charters and to respond to questions. A group leader will be provided with tools and support for facilitating group meetings and future events. Group leaders should enlist the support of a university sponsor in the form of an administrator on campus. University administration endorses the creation of Affinity@Suffolk groups and will show their commitment through their involvement in the program at all levels. For the initial group meeting, Diversity, Access, and Inclusion will supply up to $250 for refreshments and/or supplies.

Recommended Activities

Affinity@Suffolk Groups are encouraged to meet monthly to maintain connection among group members. Groups are also encouraged to meet to foster community, share professional expertise and resources, and to help promote recruitment and retention of employees. Funding may be requested for webinars, workshops, speakers, or activities that enhance group engagement.

Activities may include:

  • Networking Opportunities / Roundtable Discussions
  • Conferences and Professional Development Events
  • Cultural Celebrations and Opportunities to Share Perspective and Voice
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Speakers Series
  • Employee Recruitment and Retention Events and
  • Much More!