Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations

Student Life at the School of Diplomacy

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

Seton Hall's Life at the Whitehead Schoolactive 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 Café. The state-of-the-art Walsh Library is an excellent resource for students providing reading rooms, study areas, computer labs and wireless connection. Students use the Richie Regan 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. Connect with School of Diplomacy students on Facebook »

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.  

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 Students  

Undergraduate Diplomacy Student Association
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.  

2014-2015 Undergraduate Diplomacy Student Association Executive Board: 
President- Craig Witmer
Vice President- Alexander Jeffers
Secretary- Heather Kwityn
Treasurer-Caitlin Banez
Public Relations- Madison McHugh

Advisor - Dr. Elizabeth Wilson, Assistant Professor

To get involved, or for more information, contact Craig Witmer at craig.witmer@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.  

2014-2015 Seton Hall United Nations Association Executive Board:
Co-Presidents - Angelo Piro, III and Cynthia Sularz
Vice President - Chris Scott
Secretary - Erin Donovan
Sergeant at Arms - Katy Chaney
Treasurer - Ryan Sullivan
Training Coordinator - Sean Sullivan

Advisors - Dr. Courtney B. Smith, Senior Associate Dean; Gwen DeBenedetto, Director of Marketing and Communications

To get involved, or for more information, contact Angelo Piro at angelo.piro@student.shu.edu.

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.  

SHUMUN XV, 2014-2015 
Secretary-General- Bjorn Schwarzenbach
Director General- Sean Zimmerman
Under-Secretary-General of External Relations- Sam Cutrone
Under-Secretary-General of Technology- Liza Bell
Under-Secretary-General for Committees- Bill Golba
Crisis Director- Alex Storto
Under-Secretary-General for Logistics- Aliza Rizvi

Advisors -  Dr. Courtney B. Smith, Senior Associate Dean; Gwen DeBenedetto, Director of Marketing and Communications

To get involved, or for more information, contact bjorn.schwarzenbach@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 relevant movie screenings, International Relations-themed trivia nights, outreach with UNA-USA and lobbying for further US-UN engagement. Previous guests this organization has hosted include Monika Johnson, head of GenUN, and Jackson Dougan, the United States Youth Observer to the UN during the 2014-2015 tenure. 

2014-2015 Seton Hall UNA-USA Executive Board:
Secretary-General - Gabriela Taveras
Deputy Secretary-General - Liza Bell
Under-Secretary- General of Communications - Sarah Tabat
Under-Secretary-General of Finance-  Lindsay Smetanka
Under-Secretary-General of Public Relations - Daniel Garay
Advisor- Dr. Martin Edwards

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

For more information on UNA-SHU's events, please visit the organization’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/shu.una.usa, or follow them on Twitter @UNASHU or Instagram @UNAatSHU.

If you are interested in being involved, please contact the club’s President, Gabriela Taveras: gabriela.taveras@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 Associate Professor Dr. Zheng Wang at zheng.wang@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.  

2014-2015 Diplomatic Envoy Editorial Board:
Managing Editor - Francesca Regalado
Editor-in-Chief, Print - Areej Elahi
Editor-in-Chief, Online - Ryan Sullivan
News Editor - Abby Shamray
Opinion Editor - Stephanie Powers
Layout and Copy Editor - Emily Balan
Advisor - Dr. Courtney B. Smith, Senior Associate Dean

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

The Global Current
Get in on a Global Current! Seton Hall's international news radio show launched in the spring of 2007 and is always looking for passionate undergraduate and graduate diplomacy students to get involved. The show airs Saturday mornings at 9:30am on 89.5fm WSOU, Seton Hall's awarding-winning radio station. Listeners can tune in through an iTunes podcast or follow Global Current on Facebook to catch up on the show's latest features and guests.

2014-2015 Global Current Executive Board:
Executive Producer - William Golba
Co-Producers - Alisha Sharaballi and Daniel Garay
Technical Producer - Evan Doolittle
News Editor - Gabriela Taveras
Analysis Editor - Katerina Beebe
Advisor -  Gwen DeBenedetto, Director of Marketing and Communications

To get involved, or for more information, contact William Golba at william.golba@student.shu.edu, or Alisha Sharaballi at alisha.sharaballi@student.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. 

2014-2015 Graduate Diplomacy Council Executive Board:
President - Paul Jackowski
Vice-President - Ralitza Ganeva
Advisor - Dr. Yanzhong Huang, Associate Professor

To get involved, or for more information, contact Paul Jackowski at paul.jackowski@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.  

To get involved, or for more information, contact International Law Society President, Luke Salisbury at luke.salisbury@student.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. 

2014-2015 Journal of Diplomacy Executive Board:
Editor-in-Chief - Matthew Mitchell
Deputy Editors-in-Chief- 
William Golba and Ryan Triche
Executive Editor - Danny Dubbaneh
Social Media Manager - Ziad Achkar
Advisor - Dr. Omer Gokcekus, Professor 

To get involved, or for more information, visit journalofdiplomacy.org, or contact the Journal of Diplomacy staff at journalofdiplomacy@gmail.com.

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