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Student Life

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. Please contact them at @sgadiplomacy on Instagram.

2023-2024 Senators:

  • Andrew Travis
  • Gabriella Robinson

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. 

2023-2024 Executive Board: 

  • President – Nicholas Kimble 
  • Vice President – Dionne Agawu 
  • Alumni Chair – Fred Jean 
  • Graduate Chair – Khalifah Muhammad 
  • Secretary - Ose Aigbedion
  • Advisor – Dr. Brian Muzas, Professor 

For more information, or to get involved, contact [email protected] and follow the organization on Instagram and LinkedIn

Girl Up
Girl Up is an initiative created by the UN Foundation in 2010 to help support the work of UN agencies that focus on adolescent girls. Girl Up has impacted thousands of girls across the world with its leadership development programs that inspire young women to become forces of lasting social change. The organization focuses on a variety of issues that largely fall under the umbrella of gender equality, including gender-based violence, education, STEM, and sports, among others. Girl Up at Seton Hall is the university’s chapter of Girl Up, working to support the national organization in its mission to support young women around the world by creating leaders and empowering women at Seton Hall.

2023-2024 Executive Board:

  • President – Tanvi Patel
  • Treasurer – Megan Perumpail
  • Secretary – Roja Das
  • Public Relations Chair – Trisha Sethuraman 
  • Director of Advertising – Pranali Jain

Please email Tanvi Patel for inquiries at [email protected].

International Relations of Cuisine
Our purpose is to build cultural awareness, develop intercultural networking skills, and find common ground through food. If you are interested in history, socio-economic and political development of cultures, or just hoping for the opportunity to taste fantastic food, this is the club for you! As students of International Relations, we learn about the rivalries and prejudices that divide our world and believe that food is a powerful tool for alleviating those divisions. We meet once a month for an excursion to learn about a new culture. Our motto is "Building bridges by breaking bread."

2023-2024 Executive Board:

  • President - Zane Cawthon
  • Vice President - Dionne Agawu
  • Secretary -Khalifah Muhammad
  • Advisor - Dr. Ann Marie Murphy, Professor

Please email Zane Cawthon for inquiries and how to get involved [email protected], and follow the org on Instagram

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.

2023-2024 International Law Society Executive Board: 

  • President- Etta Moen
  • Vice President – Anneliese Preske 
  • Undergrad Chair – Eman Fatima 
  • Social Media Chair – Yinka Akindebe 
  • Advisor – Dr. Moremen, Professor 

To get involved, or for more information, contact Etta Moen at [email protected]  or [email protected] .

John Quincy Adams Society

The club strives to assist college students in their academic and professional development while encouraging a more extensive and comprehensive discussion of America's foreign policy with expert guests.

2023-2024 Executive Board:

  • President - Nicholas Kimble
  • Vice President- Joesph Brenan 
  • Treasurer- Andrew Travis
  • Secretary- Juan Carreon 
  • Advisor- Dr. Ann Marie Murphy, Professor

Please email Nicholas Kimble for inquiries and how to get involved [email protected]. 

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.

2023-2024 WDLP Executive Board:  

  • President- Charlotte Sens 
  • Vice President- Soraya Cuvilly 
  • Vice President of Finance- Pranali Jain/Anais Boyajian 
  • Vice President of Programming- Siya Patel 
  • Vice President of Communications- Ally Rusli
  • Secretary- Aya Gusemalseed 
  • Advisor - Elizabeth Halpin, Dean 

For more information or to get involved, contact [email protected] 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.For more information or to get involved, follow the club on Instagram: Latin American Diplomacy Association at Seton Hall University

2023-2024 Executive Board:  

  • President - Arianna Salazar  
  • Vice President - Isabella Cruz
  • Secretary - Maria Elena Lugo  
  • Treasurer - Christian Almestica  
  • Public Relations Chair - Sophia Alicea 
For more information or to get involved, follow the club on Instagram shuwomenofdiplomacy  and Latin American Diplomacy Association at Seton Hall University

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.

2023-2024 SIR Executive Board:

  • PresidentOsedebamen Aigbedion
  • Vice President- Robert Carney
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Brian Weakliem
  • Advisor - Joseph Huddleston, Associate Professor

The admissions process is open to all diplomacy students in their second year. To get involved or for more information, contact Brian Weakliem at [email protected].

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.

2023-2024 Executive Board:

  • President- Trina Beckwith
  • Vice President - Maria E. Lugo 
  • Events Chair - Joseph Brennan 
  • Treasurer - Christian Almestica 
  • Secretary - Riana Bucceri 
  • External Affairs Coordinator - Mathieu Jugnet
  • Secretary - Mel Lugo
  • Advisor - Dr. Yanzhong Huang

For more information, or to get involved, email Trina Beckwith at [email protected].

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.

Diplomacy hosts both a traveling competitive Model UN team as well as an organization that hosts local high schools.

2023-2024 Executive Board:

  • President: Mary Tiffin
  • Vice-President: Sophie Ulm 
  • Treasurer: Hamzah Khan 
  • Secretary: Ashley Skladany 
  • Training Coordinator: Sophia Alicea 
  • Member at Large: Paul Mastroserio 
  • Advisor: Dr. Courtney Smith, Dean 

To get involved, contact [email protected]. For more information, follow the club on Instagram. 

Seton Hall United Nations Association (SHUNA)

The award-winning Seton Hall United Nations Association (SHUNA) is an organization of students interested in international affairs issues such as human rights, sustainable development, international trade and finance, peace and security, world history, and many others. Established in 1999, SHUNA takes part in several national and international Model UN conferences throughout the year in addition to offering countless mentorship, leadership, and networking opportunities for students from all backgrounds. In working to promote dialogue at the global level, members engage in simulations with students from across the country and throughout the world to develop problem-solving, communication, and public speaking skills in preparation for being the future leaders of the world.

2023-2024 Seton Hall United Nations Association (SHUNA) Executive Board:

  • President: Mary Tiffin
  • Vice-President: Sophie Ulm
  • Member at Large: Paul Mastroserio
  • Secretary: Ashley Skladany
  • Training Coordinator: Dillon Kantor
  • Treasurer: Hamzah Khan
  • Advisor: Dr. Courtney Smith, Dean

To get involved, contact [email protected]. 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.

2023-2024 Seton Hall University Model United Nations (SHUMUN) Executive Board:

  • Secretary-General: Hamzah Khan
  • Director General: Bobby Kile
  • Chief of Operations: Catherine Anderson
  • Undersecretary-General of Marketing: Ashley Skladany
  • Undersecretary-General of External Relations: Sophie Ulm
  • Undersecretary-General of General Assemblies: Anna Thibodeau
  • Undersecretary-General of Crisis Committees: Bryan Scocco
  • Advisor - Dr. Courtney Smith, Dean

For more information, follow the club on Instagram.

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.

2023-2024 Seton Hall UNA-USA Executive Board:

  • President - Allison Wrubel
  • Vice President - Gabriela Zambrano-Ortego
  • Finance Chair - Deborah Carreno
  • 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: If you are interested in being involved, contact [email protected] or Allison Wrubel at [email protected] 

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.

2023-2024  Diplomatic Envoy Editorial Board:

  • Editor-in-Chief - Andrea Hebel
  • Managing Editor - Hamzah Khan
  • International News Editor - Anna Thibodeau
  • Opinion Editor - James Murray
  • Campus News Editor - Madeline Rowe
  • Digital Editor - Andrea Gonzalez
  • Layout Editor - Charlotte Sens
  • Communications Liaison: Katherine Dorrer 

To get involved, or for more information, contact [email protected].

The Global Current

Join the Global Current! We are Seton Hall's only international affairs podcast launched in the spring of 2007. We have weekly shows and monthly meetings, and we are always looking for undergraduate and graduate students to get involved! In each episode, we analyze current news stories between students and with experts in the field. This is a fun way to meet other students passionate about politics, foreign affairs, journalism, podcasting etc. and it is the perfect way to build your portfolio for your resume. You do not have to have any prior experience to join, and we will support you in every stage of the process.

Listen to our episodes on Spotify or Apple Music, and catch us on the waves every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on 89.5 FM WSOU, Seton Hall's awarding-winning radio station. Please follow us by on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Spotify stay updated on the show's latest features and guests. 

For more information, or to get involved, email Robert Kile at [email protected]. 

2023-2024 Global Current Executive Board:

  • Executive Director: Bobby Kile
  • Associate Producers: Juliana Mori and Kasia Kostraba
  • Technical Producer: Ashley Skladany
  • Host: Trisha Ballion
  • Treasurer: Farrell Dawson
  • Outreach Director: Abby Knauss
  • Social Media Director: Soraya Cuvilly

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.

2023-2024 Executive Board: 

  •  President-  Alondra Duncan-Belford
  • Vice President- Zane Cawthon
  • Secretary - Dionne Agawu
  • Communications Chair - 
  • International Student Liason - Theresah Oduro
  • Advisor - Dr. Philip Moremen, Professor 

For more information or to get involved, contact Alondra Belford at [email protected]

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.

2023-2024  Journal of Diplomacy Executive Board:

  • Editor-in-Chief - Alondra Duncan-Belford
  • Deputy Editor-in-Chief - Zane Cawthon
  • Executive Director - 
  • Advisor – Dr. Margarita Balmaceda, Professor

To get involved, or for more information, visit , or contact the Journal of Diplomacy staff at [email protected].