Ram Inclusion Week

Suffolk University is celebrating the second annual Ram Inclusion Week, a campus-wide initiative showcasing our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This year’s theme is Justice & Healing in an Uncertain World. Through the events offered this week, we will acknowledge and celebrate the great work that students, faculty, staff, and alumni do to make our Suffolk community more inclusive. These events will highlight our diversity, as well as providing opportunities to acquire skills and knowledge through dialogue. The week kicks off with our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Awards Presentation.

Logo for the Ram Inclusion Week

Schedule of Events

Register today for any or all of these events!  Please note that all events will be held online via Zoom, unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, January 28

Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Awards Presentation

The entire Suffolk community is invited to this event honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The keynote speaker this year is Dr. Tamika Correia Jacques, BS ’97, author of A Brown Girls Guide to Employment and Networking, named a Best Book for Networking by Forbes.

Suffolk’s Creating the Dream Award—established to recognize the efforts of an individual, organization, or department within the University that works toward creating an inclusive, respectful, and safe climate for members of the University community, with a sustained and tangible impact on Suffolk’s communities of color—will also be presented at this event. This year’s award recipients are Law student Alexis Soares, undergraduate Mardochee Sylvestre, and Counseling Health & Wellness staff psychologist Natasha Torkelson, PhD.

Sponsored by the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion (CSDI)

6–7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 29

Campus-Wide Book Discussion: White Fragility by Robin D'Angelo

In this discussion, we will examine how ideas from the book can help improve the racial climate at Suffolk. Please note that this is the first of two book discussions. In March, we will discuss the book How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence (CTSE) and the Faculty and Professional Learning Community (FPLC) Race on Campus

3–4 p.m.

Monday, February 1

Racial Equity and Justice Institute FY21 Goals Presentation

Campus team members from the Racial Equity and Justice Institute (REJI)/ Leading for Change Diversity Consortium and other Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) professionals will provide an overview of current institutional initiatives and activities. Join us as we share our approach to embedding inclusion into the culture of our campus and learn ways you can get involved.

Sponsored by Leading for Change Campus Team

12–1 p.m.

Small Steps, Big Impact: Designing Course Content for All Learners

Imagine a Suffolk student is taking a class without access to essential course materials like the textbook, the lecture slides, or even the syllabus—not because those materials are unavailable, but because their design renders them inaccessible to the student. What steps can you take to ensure that all of your students have meaningful access to the materials they need in order to succeed in your courses?

In this workshop for faculty and staff, you will engage in demonstrations that reveal how design features of documents, videos, and other materials can create barriers to access. Using universal design for learning as a guiding framework, you will identify concrete strategies for improving accessibility and then practice implementing those strategies by applying technologies that are already part of your teaching toolkit. You will leave the workshop with clear ideas about small steps that you can put into practice this semester to make your course more accessible and inclusive.

Sponsored by CTSE and the Office of Disability Services

5–6:30 p.m.

Poetry Event

Sponsored by the Black Student Union (BSU)

2–3 p.m.

Tuesday, February 2

Virtual Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) Recruitment Fair

Join 100+ inspired Suffolk employees in the Affinity@Suffolk community! Affinity@Suffolk comprises the ERGs who strengthen our community experience by supporting the development and retention of our diverse workforce, celebrating cultural awareness, and allowing for authentic engagement across campus. Meet ERG members and leaders and learn more about the 13 ERGs available for you to join!

Sponsored by Affinity@Suffolk—Employee Resource Groups

9–10 a.m.

Small Steps, Big Impact: Designing Course Content for All Learners

Imagine a Suffolk student is taking a class without access to essential course materials like the textbook, the lecture slides, or even the syllabus—not because those materials are unavailable, but because their design renders them inaccessible to the student. What steps can you take to ensure that all of your students have meaningful access to the materials they need in order to succeed in your courses?

In this workshop for faculty and staff, you will engage in demonstrations that reveal how design features of documents, videos, and other materials can create barriers to access. Using universal design for learning as a guiding framework, you will identify concrete strategies for improving accessibility and then practice implementing those strategies by applying technologies that are already part of your teaching toolkit. You will leave the workshop with clear ideas about small steps that you can put into practice this semester to make your course more accessible and inclusive.

Sponsored by CTSE and the Office of Disability Services

10–11 a.m.

Live Recording of “What’s Going On?!” Podcast

For the season premiere of "What’s Going On?!," host Xin Yi Yap and Diversity Peer Education Scholar Ahria Ilyas will be talking about Black excellence in honor of Black history month. They will be highlighting notable Black historical figures we should know about (but don’t), how to cultivate an environment for the Black community to succeed, and celebrating Black excellence in our lives.

Sponsored by CSDI and the Diversity Peer Educators

1–2:30 p.m.

Zazen Buddhist Meditation

Join the Interfaith Center for weekly sitting meditation and conversation over Zoom in the Japanese Zen Buddhist tradition.

Sponsored by the Interfaith Center

3:30–4 p.m.

Alumni Racial Healing Circles

Presented by the University's Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Initiative, racial healing circles provide opportunities to engage with community members in ways that foster self-reflection. The experience relies on intentional listening. It may be an emotional, even transformational, experience for participants, as conversations can unearth truths and conscious and unconscious biases. It can also raise the awareness, consciousness, compassion and empathy among those who participate. Trained Racial Healing Circle facilitators are responsible for helping to ensure that these circles are confidential safe spaces for participants to have truthful conversations with one another.

Sponsored by the TRHT Committee

5:30–7 p.m.

Wednesday, February 3

International Student Panel: Diversity Discussion

Listen and speak with Suffolk international students about what diversity means from an international perspective.

Sponsored by INTO Suffolk

9–10 a.m.

Faculty & Staff Racial Healing Circles

This event is being offered during the weekly Working at Suffolk series. Presented by the University's Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Initiative, racial healing circles provide opportunities to engage with community members in ways that foster self-reflection. The experience relies on intentional listening. It may be an emotional, even transformational, experience for participants, as conversations can unearth truths and conscious and unconscious biases. It can also raise the awareness, consciousness, compassion and empathy among those who participate. Trained Racial Healing Circle facilitators are responsible for helping to ensure that these circles are confidential safe spaces for participants to have truthful conversations with one another.

Sponsored by the TRHT Committee and the Working at Suffolk Weekly Series

12–1 p.m.

Tony Hernandez from Dudley Square Neighborhood Initiative

Sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement

3–4:30 p.m.

Ambassadors for Inclusion Reunion

Participants from the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 cohorts are asked to join us for an opportunity to reflect on their experiences and how the AFI program has impacted their current interactions. Our hope is to generate ongoing connection as we champion diversity, equity, and inclusion at Suffolk and beyond. This event is also open to those interested in learning more about upcoming AFI cohorts.

Sponsored by Ambassadors for Inclusion Facilitators

4–5 p.m.

A Talk with Crystal Chandler: Dear Little Project

Sponsored by Advancement

6–7 p.m.

Chloe Hilliard

Sponsored by the Program Council and the Black Student Union

7–8 p.m.

Thursday, February 4

Diversity Coffee Hour

Come join CSDI for our weekly coffee hour! As always, we'll have takeaway bagels and coffee. In honor of Ram Inclusion Week, we will be handing out social justice coloring pages. Can't make it in person? That's alright! We can send you a PDF of pages to print at home so you can still join in the fun!

This event will take place on campus in the Stoll Room, Sawyer 828.

Sponsored by CSDI and the Office of New Student Programs

9–11 a.m.

Yoga Practice

Join our Yogi over Zoom for weekly authentic practice in the Hindu tradition.

Sponsored by the Interfaith Center

10–11 a.m.

Divine Connections

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke powerful sermons and speeches. This week we will discuss the power of preaching and spirituality-based speeches as methods for connecting to the Divine.

Sponsored by the Interfaith Center

2–2:30 p.m.

Friday, February 5

Equity in the Curriculum: Social Identity and Intersectionality

This semester, Suffolk’s Racial Equity and Justice Institute (REJI) – Leading for Change committee is hosting three online discussions with faculty and staff to help enhance the curriculum and inclusive teaching practices on campus. In this first interactive discussion, participants will complete an activity and take part in a discussion on the topic of “Bringing Awareness to our Social Identities.” We all have multiple social identities that are important to us and noticed by others, and we will reflect on the intersection and importance of our social identities to our campus environment.

Sponsored by REJI and CTSE

12–1 p.m.

Closing Speaker (TBD)

Sponsored by CSDI

Evening