Seton Hall University

Irish Pride, Women's History and SHU Reads! Just Mercy  

Members of the Seton Hall community in the streets of New York City holding up a banner at the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Today, March 17, honors the Patron Saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick, and celebrates Irish culture in America.
  • Students interested in learning more about Irish and Irish American tradition and culture can consider joining the Pirates of Irish Persuasion & Extraction (PIPE). Contact for more information and check out our other Student Organizations.
  • The College of Arts & Sciences offers a Minor in Irish Literature.
  • Review the Seton Hall Libraries resource guide, Irish Literature from Celtic Revival to Present
  • Students with meal plans can celebrate with a St. Patrick's Day-themed lunch and dinner from Gourmet Dining Services in the cafeteria.

The fourth retreat of the Faculty Retreat Series 2020-2021 is on March 17 from 9 – 11 a.m. Faculty and administrators of all faiths are welcome to join in this Teams event.

Archbishop Myers Lecture Series Celebrates "The Year of St. Joseph" with Mike Aquilina on March 18 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. March 19 is Saint Joseph's Day commemorating the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph becoming the Patron of the Universal Church.

Women's History Month continues to be celebrated on campus with these great events. 

Are you currently conducting research, looking for funding, or working with external organizations? To advance the work of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Committee is asking faculty, staff, and administrators to share their data on existing external partnerships and potential research and grant opportunities. The Committee will inventory this information and conduct follow-up outreach. Additionally, the inventory will be used to identify collaborative DEI opportunities. Thank you for taking a moment to fill out this brief survey.

Enjoy some fresh air and the start of the Spring season on March 20 at 9 a.m. with Campus Ministry's Hike & Spirituality. To register, click here.

March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day to raise awareness and celebrate and acknowledge individuals living with the genetic condition.

March 21 is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This day commemorates the lives lost during the fight for democracy and equal human rights in South Africa during the Apartheid regime.

  • Are you a student interested in being more involved? Seton Hall University is committed to fostering a community of racial understanding, inclusion, and dignity for all through our Inclusion Alliance.
  • Staff, faculty, priests, students, and administration are welcomed to join our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. If interested, email us at
  • As mentioned in last week's message, our community stands with the Asian community to condemn the increased xenophobia and bigotry resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning and bullying against Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders will not be tolerated at Seton Hall. To learn more about how to get involved, email

The University SHU Reads! Planning Committee is proud to announce the 2021 text selection - Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and professor at New York University Law School. Bryan Stevenson will partner with the Temple Emanu-El in Westfield for a free virtual speaking event on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. Click here to register.

Get Certified in Adult Mental Health First Aid on March 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with the College of Nursing. For more information and to register for the program, click here.

Seton Hall University's Catholic Studies Department proudly presents Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton Remarkable Legacies - Celebrating 200 Anniversary of Mother Seton on March 23, 2021, at 5 p.m. Join the Zoom meeting here.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created innumerable needs throughout our local and global communities. The Division of Volunteer Efforts (DOVE) continues to provide material and financial relief to our long-standing community service partners. DOVE invites us to help provide non-perishable food, feminine products, diapers, and hygiene items to our neighbors who need them. Walk the walk of generosity with the Love Thy Neighbor Campaign.

The School of Diplomacy and International Relations will hold a discussion on the topic: "Israel and Peace Developments in the Middle East" with Israeli Consul for Public Diplomacy Adva Vilchinski on March 25 at 12 noon. Adva Vilchinski is Consul for Public Diplomacy at the Israeli Consulate in New York, where she is responsible for engagement with civil society institutions and leaders across all five states that the Consulate covers: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Delaware.

The 2021 Charter Day Celebration is almost upon us. This year, the University will celebrate our Charter on Thursday, March 25 at 4 p.m. via Teams Live. Charter Day celebrates the founding of Seton Hall in 1856 and the granting of our charter by the New Jersey State legislature in 1861. It is a special annual opportunity to reflect on our history and purpose, our Catholic identity and mission.

The Diversity Film Series continues on March 26 from 4:30 - 7 p.m. This second event of the spring semester in the Diversity Film Series will be a showing of The Second Mother (2015, Brazil). The film examines the life of a live-in housekeeper and her relations with both her own family and the family she works for. The viewing will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Vanessa May, Asst. Prof of History, and Dr. Kirsten Schultz, Asst. Prof of History. This event is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development and the Diversity Coalition. Click here to join the meeting on your computer or mobile app.

Join us for The Rhetoric of Respect event on March 30th at 7 p.m. - a conversation with Judge Victoria Pratt on the importance of fostering a culture of mutual respect in the communities we engage with in the criminal justice system and beyond. Judge Pratt gained national and international acclaim for treating people with dignity in the criminal justice system.

Other Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Items and Events:

Coming Soon! The Slavic Club and the Russian & East European Studies Program present Polish Identity and the Cold War on March 25, the beginning of the Jewish observance of Passover on March 27, and the Muslim observance Laylat al-Bara’ah beginning March 28.

The DEI Committee plans to "Celebrate Love" in April. Ideas include, but are not limited to, "Love They Neighbor," "Love is Love," "Love Seton Hall," "Love the Environment," and "Love Academic Excellence." If you have events that align with a "Love" theme, please add them to the University calendar by March 31 and check off the tag "Celebrate Love Month."

The DEI Committee is responsible for helping to cultivate and nurture a trusting and collaborative University community that educates and empowers all its members to advance equity, inclusion, and social justice on campus and in the wider world. Please fill out this form if you are interested in sharing events, initiatives, ideas or looking to get involved.

Jonathan Farina, Ph.D.
Chair of the Faculty Senate
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English

Shawna Cooper-Gibson, Ed.D.
Vice President of Student Services

Co-chairs, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Categories: Campus Life

For more information, please contact:

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
  • (973) 761-9000