Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations

Links to the UN Community

Our unique UN relationships serve as a bridge to the world of international diplomacy.

The School of Diplomacy welcomed United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Seton Hall as part of its World Leaders Forum speaker series.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Video

Unique to the School of Diplomacy is its exclusive alliance with the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), which is a key division of the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and is dedicated to policy research, education and advocacy on the United Nations and global issues. UNA-USA and UNF work closely with the School to provide students with opportunities to foster their professional development through interaction with UN practitioners. Students hear directly from UN diplomats and professionals at events held jointly at UNA-USA and the Seton Hall campus. Students can also sign up for free UNA-USA membership which allows them to access a behind-the-scenes look at the United Nations through monthly conference calls with UN officials, topical reporting through UNA's online magazine The Interdependent, and the opportunity to participate in official UN events and conferences. Through internships at UNA-USA, the United Nations, and its related agencies and neighboring diplomatic missions, students contribute to research and analysis of key issues before the international community. Diplomacy students pursuing a semester in Washington, D.C., will take classes in conjunction with their D.C. based internships at the UNF location in the heart of our nation's capital. In addition, UNA-USA and UNF are important sources of support for the School's Model United Nations programs, which include an award-winning collegiate Model UN team.

Another dimension of this relationship is the constant flow of information and resources between our campus and New York City. Seton Hall's library serves as a UN depository and the School of Diplomacy is officially recognized as a non-governmental organization affiliated with the UN Department of Public Information. This allows the School to remain on the threshold of changes within the international arena while supporting the scholarly work of Diplomacy students and faculty.

The School of Diplomacy and the United Nations Association of the USA co-organize an annual United Nations Intensive Summer Study Program for students from across the United States and around the world. Designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, this week-long program immerses participants in the political dynamics of the United Nations. Students attend official sessions at United Nations headquarters and briefings and seminars at the UNA-USA. Directed by Dr. Courtney Smith, Associate Dean at the School, the course is designed to familiarize students with the inner workings of the United Nations by bringing them together with distinguished practitioners working in the field of multilateral diplomacy.


In addition to its collaborative programs with UNA-USA and UNF, the School of Diplomacy also enjoys relationships with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN and the United Nations University, Office at the United Nations. These relationships encourage collaboration on speaking engagements and events, particularly those related to religion's role in diplomacy, and the ever-evolving UN agenda.

UN Summer Study Program 
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