Carnegie Mellon University

Sankofa — Black Faculty and Staff Alliance

Meetings and Events

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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.


January Johnson, Co-Lead

Headshot of January JohnsonJanuary Johnson is a senior sponsored projects accountant within the Finance Division. As a Pittsburgh native, a significant part of becoming a co-lead is to develop ways Sankofa can provide outreach and partner with surrounding communities. January’s mission is to create an inclusive environment within and beyond campus for everyone to operate authentically.

Syl Smith, Co-Lead

Headshot of Syl SmithSylvia 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.