Student life is a vital aspect of any collegiate experience and Seton Hall is no exception. The University houses over 150 student organizations, supplemented by fourteen from the School of Diplomacy alone, that provide our students with numerous opportunities for involvement in community service, student government, and cultural awareness. Two organizations celebrated recent accomplishments: the Seton Hall Ethics Bowl Team and the Seton Hall United Nations Association (SHUNA). Both of these student organizations tackle complex issues that challenge today's leaders, and are standing out among their peers for their solutions.
The Seton Hall Ethics Bowl Team addresses ethical questions through debate competitions. The team has examined privacy violations, refugee issues, and the rights of indigenous peoples in the modern world. The team is made up of students from across the University, creating an interdisciplinary reservoir of thought. Building off of their success at last year's Southeast Regional competition, the team placed 1st in this year's preliminary round of the Northeast Conference, making it one of only 36 teams selected to advance to the National competition this March in Chicago. When asked about the team's victory, Diplomacy student, DULCE Student Coordinator, and Ethics Bowl team member Mark McGuire said, "I am very proud that the Seton Hall Team was able to work together so effectively to put forth the best ethical frameworks possible and advance to the national conference. The team's perfect 9-0 ballot score in the preliminary rounds of the Northeast Conference serves as a testament to the dedication that the ethics bowl team and its moderators have put into this effort… I am extremely grateful to my fellow teammates as well as our coaches for making this year's ethics bowl experience a successful one and I look forward to working with them all further to prepare for nationals in the weeks and months ahead."
Also competing nation-wide, the Seton Hall United Nations Association (SHUNA) found success at Cornell University's Collegiate Model UN Conference. Three of the team's delegates returned to campus with special awards: Casey Stickel received a "Best Delegate" award, Kyla Stewart claimed an "Outstanding Delegate" award and Caroline Hall brought home an "Honorable Mention" award. The team has been ranked among the Top 50 delegations in North America by Best Delegate, the leading expert on Model United Nations whose website is read by over 600,000 people from 190 countries. SHUNA adds these awards to a robust collection of club awards that include "Outstanding Large Delegation" awards. Reflecting on her award, sophomore and SHUNA Secretary Casey Stickel said, "It was an honor to receive the Best Delegate award and I believe that this accomplishment was achieved by honing my public speaking skills and debating abilities with the SHUNA team. I look forward to continuing training with the Model UN team at Seton Hall and competing again in the future."
As we settle into 2018, the Diplomacy community looks forward to cheering on these students as they continue to compete, collaborate, and explore the world's most important political and ethical issues.