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Suhayl Santana

Interim Director of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility

Company: Amnesty International USA
Role: Session Presenter

2021 Conference Session: Mission-Critical: Inclusion, Innovation and Transformation at Amnesty International USA (S2-G)

Suhayl Santana is a leadership and diversity coach. As a coach, she supports Black, Indigenous, women of color leaders in creating impact in their organizations and their communities. Her goal is to help others become the revolutionary leaders that the world needs while sticking to their identity-centered values. She is also the interim director of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility at Amnesty International USA (AIUSA). As such, she supports advancing an inclusive culture through learning, coaching, and other supportive initiatives for staff and members while embedding / improving IDEA in existing trainings, resources, platforms, events, and practices. Prior to her IDEA role at AIUSA, Suhayl consulted as a trainer and led sessions on mitigating microaggressions and implicit bias. She’s an advocate for racial equity, thus performs all of her work through an antiracist lens.

Suhayl is a proud Bronx, N.Y., native and East Harlem resident. She identifies as Afro-Puerto Rican and frequents her family’s homeland of Puerto Rico. She has a BA in international relations and human rights advocacy from Utica College, and is both a Certified Community Coach and a Certified Professional Diversity Coach. Suhayl is currently attaining her Master of Science degree in urban policy and leadership with an organizational development concentration from the City University of New York at Hunter College. When she’s not busy working or studying, she’s cuddled up with her Italian greyhound, Lunita, and drinking tea with her husband.

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