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Our diverse student body creates a laboratory of multilateral diplomacy in and out of the classroom.

Seton Hall's active campus provides entertainment, recreation, social, cultural, and learning activities for the University's close knit community of student residents and commuters. The University Center houses student lounges and the Pirate's Cove Cafe; Richie Recreation and Athletic Center for its Olympic-size pool, fitness center, and a variety of intramural sports, club sports, aerobics classes and open recreation.

Connecting with Students from Around the World

Hailing from nearly 20 countries, Seton Hall's diverse student body creates a laboratory of multilateral diplomacy both inside and out of the classroom. Within the University community, the School of Diplomacy's 500 students, divided between its graduate and undergraduate programs, maintain a family-like atmosphere based upon the relationships that are formed between students, faculty and administrators.

Get Involved

Among the University's more than 100 student clubs and organizations, Diplomacy students can often be found in positions of leadership. They regularly serve on Seton Hall's Undergraduate Student Government Association and in the campus chapters of Amnesty International and the American Red Cross. They have even started their own organizations within the Seton Hall community including an International Law Society as well as campus chapters of the ONE campaign. Undergraduate students also become leaders in the residence halls as Resident Assistants.

In addition to on campus opportunities, students take full advantage of Seton Hall's location, a mere 14 miles southwest of New York City on 58 acres at the foot of South Mountain. New Jersey Transit's local rail lines provide easy access to New York City, the Jersey shore, malls, museums, concert halls, sports stadiums, and hiking throughout the metropolitan area. The Amtrak train line is also an invaluable asset for students, as the School of Diplomacy offers ongoing interaction with the international affairs community in New York and Washington, where students are afforded unique educational and professional opportunities.

Student Government Association Officers
The School of Diplomacy is annually represented in the Student Government Association by two Senators. Senators serve as advocates for the School, sharing the Diplomacy student voice on active campus initiatives.

2021-2022 Senators:

Diplomacy Sponsored Opportunities

Clubs and organizations are not only great resources to students in building a sense of community and camaraderie; they are opportunities for enhancing intellectual pursuits and developing professional skills as well. For these reasons, the School of Diplomacy sponsors unique international relations related activities for the School's diverse student body.

For Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Black Diplomacy Student Organization (BDSO)
BDSO provides a safe space and support for networking opportunities, career development, academic excellence and a community for Black Diplomacy students of all grade levels and beyond. 

2021-2022 Executive Board:

  • President – Akaysha Palmer
  • Vice President – Terrell Paige
  • Public Relations – Tajah McCray
  • Graduate Chair – Chimdi Chukwukere
  • Alumni Chair – Priscilla Plat
  • Secretary - Nathalie Monteiro

Diplomacy United Leadership and Communication Exchange (DULCE)
The Diplomacy United Leadership and Communication Exchange (DULCE) serves as the ideal forum for students to interact with one another and the Dean, faculty and staff of the School of Diplomacy. Comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students, many representing the numerous student organizations on campus, DULCE meets monthly to discuss a wide range of topics relevant to the Diplomacy community. The group provides an outlet for all constituencies of the School to work collaboratively and share feedback on school policies, events, student leadership, professional development and more. DULCE is open to all Diplomacy students and participation is encouraged.

President: Peter Eggerding

For more information, or to get involved, contact Peter Eggerding at peter.eggerding@student.shu.edu or visit the DULCE blog.

Women of Diplomacy Leadership Program
The Women of Diplomacy Leadership Program (WDLP) strives to empower female leaders within the School of Diplomacy through cultivating their professional identities and fostering relationships with established women in the field. By hosting monthly events and utilizing social media as a tool for knowledge-sharing, WDLP provides resources and community-based support to help our young women thrive in their chosen field. Additionally, WDLP hosts a mentorship program, which further allows members to learn first-hand from established female professionals and to build meaningful connections that will have positive, lasting implications on their journey to success.

2021-2022 WDLP Executive Board:  

  • President - Saramarie Wade;
  • VP of finance - Anita Baloukjy;
  • Co-VP of programming - Amina Tokakova and Savina Savova;
  • VP of campus relations - Natalia Fors;
  • Secretary - Anais Boyajian;
  • VP of communications - Isabella Maddalone;
  • VP of networking - Pranali Jain
  • Advisor - Elizabeth Halpin, Associate Dean

For more information or to get involved, contact womendiplomacy@shu.edu and follow the club on Instagram

SHU Latin American Diplomacy
SHU Latin American Diplomacy is a student initiative that celebrates and fosters Latin America's diverse identities and cultures. Covering domestic and international affairs, the group hosts and promotes events that discuss human rights, politics, economics, and cultural matters in the region. Its ultimate goal is to enhance awareness about Latin America to the students of the School of Diplomacy and to the broader Seton Hall community. All are welcome to join the group and participate in its events.

  • President - Ricardo Sanchez
  • Advisor - Dr. Benjamin Goldfrank, Professor 

For more information or to get involved, contact Ricardo Sanchez at ricardo.sanchez@student.shu.edu

Sigma Iota Rho - Beta Kappa Chapter
Sigma Iota Rho promotes and rewards scholarship and service among students and practitioners of international studies, international affairs, and global studies. The mission of this organization is to foster integrity and creative performance in the conduct of world affairs.

First established in 1983, Sigma Iota Rho has become one of the largest honor societies within the U.S., with approximately 74 chapters. Members of Sigma Iota Rho are encouraged to preserve loyalty within their studies, and to maintain lasting friendships with the members of their chapter.

The admissions process is open to all diplomacy students in their second year. To get involved or for more information, contact Brian Stewart at brian.stewart@student.shu.edu.

2021-2022 SIR Executive Board

Global Emergency Response and Assistance Chapter (GERA)
GERA-SHU is Global Emergency Response and Assistance's chapter at Seton Hall University. Global Emergency Response and Assistance (GERA) is a registered 501( c) (3) organization that offers services to refugee families and other vulnerable populations. The Seton Hall branch enables students to participate in the global community and provides them with the opportunity to assist families and individuals in need. GERA-SHU hosts events and speakers that educate and engage the Seton Hall community and  seeks to expose students to humanitarian and social work that fosters compassionate and engaged members of society.

  • Advisor - Elizabeth Halpin, Associate Dean

For more information, or to get involved, email: gera@shu.edu.

For Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Diplomacy Student Association (UDSA)
The Undergraduate Diplomacy Student Association (UDSA) is the main membership organization of undergraduate students and is open to Seton Hall students with either a major or minor in Diplomacy and International Relations. UDSA runs events and activities throughout the academic year.

Projects include ethnic restaurant outings, participation in the "Light Up The Night" cancer benefit walk, fund raising and awareness promotion for UNICEF, hosting of a ceremony for graduating members of Seton Hall's ROTC, and collecting and donating toys to underprivileged children in foreign countries through "Operation Christmas Child."

UDSA collaborates with various on-campus organizations, donating funds to the Red Cross Club for their AIDS week efforts and co-sponsoring both an Earth Day Celebration with the Ecology Club and the International Ball with the Graduate Diplomacy Council.

2021-2022 Executive Board:
•    President: Patrick Condon 

For more information, or to get involved, email: Patrick.condon@student.shu.edu. 

Model United Nations Organizations
Model UN is an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly and other multilateral bodies, such as the Security Council, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the European Union, Organization of American States, the African Union, and other regional entities. In Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues on the organization's vast agenda. Student delegates prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the UN's rules of procedure - all in the interest of mobilizing international cooperation to resolve problems that affect almost every country on earth.

Seton Hall United Nations Association (SHUNA)
The University sponsors a competitive collegiate Model UN team. The award-winning Seton Hall United Nations Association is an organization of students interested in international affairs issues such as human rights, sustainable development, international trade and finance, peace and security, and many others. The team takes part in several national and international Model UN conferences throughout the year. In working to promote dialogue at the global level, they engage in simulations with other students from across the country and throughout the world to develop problem-solving skills and in preparation of being the future leaders of the world.

2021-2022 Seton Hall United Nations Association (SHUNA) Executive Board:
•    President- Elena Soisson
•    Vice-President: MaryBeth Ammari
•    Member at Large: Andrew Cox
•    Secretary: Mary Tiffin
•    Training Coordinator: Michael Brown
•    Treasurer: Lisi Cavalli
•    Advisor - Dr. Courtney Smith, Acting Dean

To get involved, contact shuna@shu.edu. For more information, follow the club on Instagram @shuna.mun. 

Seton Hall University Model United Nations (SHUMUN)
The Seton Hall University Model United Nations student organization hosts the annual Seton Hall Model United Nations Conference. This conference is held on campus annually for visiting high school teams and is organized and run exclusively by the student group. The student group recruits and coordinates more than 200 students to participate in the conference.

2021-2022 Secretariat: 
•    Secretary General: Chrissie Mones
•    Director General: Lisi Cavalli
•    USG of Finance and Logistics: Chrissie Mones
•    USG of External Relations and Philanthropy: Kiara McGaughey
•    USGs of Committees: Michael Brown and John Ruela
•    Advisor - Dr. Courtney Smith, Acting Dean

To get involved, or for more information, contact Chrissie Mones at  christiana.mones@student.shu.edu.

United Nations Association at Seton Hall University (UNA-SHU)
The University is proud to host the very first "UNA-USA Campus Chapter" in the state of New Jersey. This club is part of a larger network of young engagement and advocacy initiatives spearheaded by UNA-USA and its GenUN program, which has the purpose of engaging collegiate youth with the work that the United Nations does with and for civil society. This organization organizes events such as panels with speakers in the field of International Relations, trips to various UN events, and fundraisers for UN projects. Previous guests this organization has hosted include Monika Johnson, head of GenUN, and Jackson Dougan, the United States Youth Observer to the UN.

2021-2022 Seton Hall UNA-USA Executive Board:

  • President – Allison Wrubel
  • Vice President – Darren Mattos
  • Finance Chair – Patrick Condon
  • Secretary - Gabriela Zambrano-Ortego
  • Event Planning Manager - Catherine Kerr
  • PR/Social Media Chair – Anais Boyajian

For more information on Campus Chapters, please visit the official GenUN website: http://genun.unausa.org.

If you are interested in being involved, contact unashu@shu.edu.

The Diplomatic Envoy
The Diplomatic Envoy is an entirely student-run, monthly publication which seeks to be a creative outlet for students to write, read, and engage each other with thought-provoking analytical journalism. Focusing on international affairs, questions of human rights, political economy, and a range of other international relations topics, the Envoy staff seeks to explore these topics for the benefit of the Seton Hall community.

2021-2022 Diplomatic Envoy Editorial Board:

  • Editor-in-Chief - Jarrett Dang
  • Managing Editor - Harshana Ghoorhoo
  • International News Editor - Megan Gawron
  • Opinion Editor - Collin Duran
  • Associate Editor - Andrea Hebel
  • Campus News Editor - Lauren-Marie Diawatan
  • Layout Editor - Joaquin Matamis
  • Digital Editor - Shweta Parthasarathy
  • Communications Liaison - Christiana Mones

To get involved, or for more information, contact thediplomaticenvoy@gmail.com.

The Global Current
Join the Global Current! Seton Hall's international news podcast launched in the spring of 2007 and is always looking for passionate undergraduate and graduate students to get involved. The show revolves around the question, “Is diplomacy the answer?”, and airs Sunday mornings at 7:30 AM EST on 89.5 FM WSOU, Seton Hall's awarding-winning radio station. Listeners can tune in through their preferred podcasting platform and check out our Instagram to catch up on the show's latest features and guests. 
 
2021-2022 Global Current Executive Board:

  • Executive Producer - Jarrett Dang
  • Associate Producers - Jasmine DeLeon, Joaquin Matamis
  • Host - Eric Bunce
  • Outreach Coordinator - Frances Clever
  • Public Relations Coordinator - Mathieu Jugnet
  • Advisor – Dr. Fredline M’Cormack-Hale, Associate Professor

To learn more about the Global Current or to get involved, email globalcurrent@shu.edu.

For Graduate Students

Graduate Diplomacy Council
The Graduate Diplomacy Council (GDC) is the main membership organization of graduate students. The GDC develops and coordinates events, seminars and educational programs, and provides avenues for students to socialize and collaborate on projects. Students are encouraged to be involved and to initiate new programs.

Activities of the GDC include professional development events, an international dinner series, coffeehouse discussion series, the School of Diplomacy Colloquium, language groups, charity fund raisers, a peer advisor program, and numerous social events.

2021-2022 Executive Board: 
•    David Marina 
•    Taylor Rodier
•    Advisor - Dr. Martin Edwards, Professor

For more information or to get involved, contact David Marina at David.marina@student.shu.edu or Taylor Rodier at taylor.rodier@student.shu.edu.

International Law Society
The International Law Society (ILS) is a chapter of the Graduate Diplomacy Council. The ILS is a forum for learning about international law and informing students of events and careers in the field. The ILS holds meetings and informal group discussions. Members attend events including the American Branch of the International Law Association Conference in New York and the American Society of International Law Conference in Washington, DC.

2021-2022 International Law Society Executive Board:

  • President –  Ahmad Choudhary
  • Vice President – Aurora Kochersperger
  • Secretary – Rebecca Axelsson
  • Treasurer – Julia Laizo Clapis Nazario do Amaral
  • Advisor - Dr. Zinaida Miller, Professor

To get involved, or for more information, contact Dr. Moremen at philip.moremen@shu.edu.

The Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations
The Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, published bi-annually, provides a unique forum for international leaders in government, the private sector, academia, and nongovernmental organizations to analyze and comment on international affairs. The Journal of Diplomacy offers timely, thought-provoking and original scholarship.

Staffed entirely by graduate students, the editorial board of the Journal is responsible for collecting submissions, editing articles, producing the publication and promoting it in the academic and policy communities.

Called the "little journal with big ideas" by the Washington Times, the Journal is widely recognized and distributed. It is indexed by Columbia International Affairs Online, Public Affairs Information Service, International Political Science Abstracts, America: History and Life and Historical Abstracts, and Ulrich's Periodicals Directory.

2021-2022 Journal of Diplomacy Executive Board:

  • Editor-in-Chief – Shivani Shah
  • Deputy Editor-in-Chief – Sohaa Khan
  • Executive Director – Sara Fakik
  • Advisor - Dr. Omer Gokcekus, Professor

To get involved, or for more information, visit http://blogs.shu.edu/journalofdiplomacy/ , or contact the Journal of Diplomacy staff at journalofdiplomacy@gmail.com.