Offerings and Initiatives
To both advance and support increased diversity and inclusion in the Seton Hall community, the University invests in a range of offerings and programming.
Below is a brief selection of activities. Whenever possible, links are provided for more information. Updates are made on a rolling basis. Please visit the University Calendar for the new, upcoming events.
Please check back for updates.
Office of the Provost
- Diversity and Inclusion Website - Launched in May 2019, the Diversity and Inclusion website demonstrates Seton Hall's commitment to diversity, including student groups, recent curricular changes to strengthen diversity, University Life courses and reading groups, as well as lists of key faculty and administrators who are charged with furthering diversity and inclusion.
- Faith-Based Outreach - On Saturday March 7, 2020, Seton Hall hosted the NJ Coalition of Latino Pastors. The gathering included faith leaders, community leaders, government officials and non-profit leaders.
- Core Curriculum - During the week of January 20, 2020, the University Core honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Talks dealt with historical, legal, religious, and political issues regarding systemic racism, as well as how race factors into the areas of health care and education.
- A&S Diversity Requirement - A new diversity core component is required of all students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Seven courses were approved for this requirement in Spring 2019, and 31 courses were listed for the Fall 2019 semester. The eight courses offered on the Fall 2020 schedule includes a new course: "Native American History to Removal."
Schools and Colleges
- College of Communication and the Arts - Established in 2021 and consistent with the College’s Mission,the Dean’s Advisory Group on DEI helps foster inclusion and belonging in our community, which recognizes and celebrates the unique passions and callings of all within our College.
- School of Diplomacy and International Relations - In June 2020, the School of Diplomacy convened a Coalition of faculty, administrators, students, alumni and friends of the School dedicated to improving diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in the School of Diplomacy and International Relations and in the School’s impact on the community. The Coalition guides the overall direction and accountability of the School’s work on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice. The School of Diplomacy has also launched three new courses that will be taught at the undergraduate and graduate level addressing issues including race and international law, race and gender in international affairs and race and religion in international affairs.
- Faith and Racial Injustice Virtual Event - Student organizations, supported by the Division of Student Services, Campus Ministry and the University, are hosting an interfaith event: Faith and Racial Injustice on July 1, 2020.
- Increased Diversity Funding - The University created a line item in the FY20 budget for an additional $20,000 for student-planned activities during Black History, Hispanic-Latino History, Women's History, and Islamic History months and other multi-cultural celebrations.
Faculty and Administration
The Diversity and Inclusion Seminar - The Center for Faculty Development hosted a series of discussions in Spring 2020 including Studying race, diversity, inclusion and the social psychology of knowledge; The data on racial/ethnic disparities; Explaining the disparities; Exercises for creating a safe environment for discussing race; and Managing Hot Moments.
- Chief Equity, Diversity and Compliance Officer - The University appointed Lori Brown, J.D., as its Chief Equity, Diversity and Compliance Officer. Prior to this appointment, Brown served as Seton Hall's Director of EEO Compliance, Title IX Coordinator.
- MLK Symposium - In January 2020, the University held its second Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium. Course content focused on Dr. King's contributions toward an analysis of oppression, liberation and peace, with additional content on institutional racism, micro-aggression, rhetoric, privilege and law.
- Unanue Gala - The Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute hosts its annual gala each fall.
- Citizen Upstander: An Introductory Training to Interrupting Racism, a participatory workshop for anyone who wishes to expand on their abilities to conspire for a more racially equitable future.
- Covid Ethics Series - On May 20, 2020, the series featured "Discrimination Intensified: Equity in the Time of COVID," sponsored by IHS Bioethics and IHS Student Life.
Centers and Institutes
Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies Fostering understanding through education and inter-religious cooperation since 1993, the Sister Rose Thering Fund began as a supporting wing of the Department of Religion at Seton Hall. Its mission is to advance Sister Rose's legacy by fostering understanding and cooperation among Jews, Christians and people of other religious traditions through advocacy and education.
- Community conversations on diversity and inclusion-related topics are held monthly at Seton Hall Law, while first-year students are trained in cultural competency.
- The University's medical school includes an Office of Diversity and Equity that seeks to ensure diversity among the school's students, faculty, administrators and staff members.
- The IHS library provided information support for inclusion of transgender people in IHS orientations/information sessions.