Carnegie Mellon University

Sankofa — Black Faculty and Staff Alliance

Mission Statement

The mission of Sankofa — Black Staff and Faculty Alliance is to serve as an influencer of diversity, inclusion and equity throughout Carnegie Mellon University. The group will be a resource that encourages community engagement, cultural awareness education and counseling for members through workshops, discussion groups and social events.


Darrell Baltimore, Co-Lead

Darrell Baltimore is an HR generalist within the Office of Human Resources. One of the main reasons Darrell chose to become the co-lead for Sankofa — Black Staff and Faculty Alliance Employee Resource Group is representation. It’s extremely important to see diverse faces throughout CMU’s staff and faculty. Darrell's mission is to create an inclusive environment that encourages staff and faculty to reach their highest potential.

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Syl Smith, Co-Lead

Sylvia Smith has been a member of Carnegie Mellon University since 1979. Her decision to become a co-lead for Sankofa — Black Staff and Faculty Alliance stems from her desire to see CMU grow in its acceptance of diverse populations on the faculty and staff levels. Her goal is to encourage and empower others to do the same.

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