The Office of External Affairs is Suffolk University’s primary liaison with the city, state, and federal governments, community organizations, non-profit higher education, and other external constituencies.

The University community— schools, centers and institutes, faculty, students, and staff — is guided by External Affairs in developing positive relationships with community and governmental entities. As part of this effort, the office develops appropriate policies in response to issues presented to the University by local residents and community groups.

In addition to supporting existing programming, the office works with government, non-profit, and community entities to develop new outreach initiatives and partnerships in line with the University’s mission.

The office plays a key role in the University’s real estate and development. It works with a community task force and local officials on the formulation and implementation of the University’s 10-year Institutional Master Plan.

It also collaborates with Suffolk's Center for Community Engagement (formerly S.O.U.L.S.), through which students, faculty, staff, and alumni have committed thousands of hours each semester to local nonprofit organizations.