Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
The National Day of Racial Healing, which took place on January 17, is an annual event dedicated to charting a path toward racial equity using relationship-building, truth-telling, healing and solidarity. Hosted annually by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation [WKKF], the National Day of Racial Healing was established in 2017 by over 550 leaders from around the United States who believed collaboration and education was key to tackling racial issues.
In honor of the National Day of Racial Healing, please join the University as we host keynote speaker Pastor Willie Francois III on January 27 at 10 a.m. Called to empower people through transformative preaching, teaching, and organizing, Pastor Francois is the Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church of Pleasantville. Pastor Francois is a 2009 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Religion. Pastor Francois received a Master of Divinity from Harvard University’s Divinity School, where he received the Hopkins Shareholders Award, the school’s highest academic recognition. Currently Pastor Francois is pursuing a Doctor of Ministry Degree at Emory University’s Chandler School of Theology. Pastor Francois is the author of Silencing White Noise: Six Practices to Overcome Our Inaction on Race. Please register for this free, virtual event.
Join our university community on January 19 in prayerful remembrance at a Memorial Mass & Ceremony honoring those lost in the tragic Boland Hall Fire twenty-three years ago. We begin with 5 p.m. Mass in the Chapel, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the “Remember” Memorial in the main square in front of Boland Hall. Contact Fr. Nicholas Sertich at Nicholas.Sertich@shu.edu for more information.
Thank you to our twenty attendees who participated in our National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Training on January 10-13. A part of our University’s Strategic Plan Goal 4 of diversity, equity & inclusion directly involves community training and development – which aims to increase cultural competency throughout the community, building strong and effective partnerships, eliminating silos, enhancing collaboration, and creating a train the trainer program. We look forward to upcoming events, programs and workshops from our NCBI initiative.
Save the Date: Please join us on February 2, 2023 at noon as we officially open our Campus Inclusion & Community Space on the second floor of the University Center. The learning space will be used to promote belonging, collegiality and collaboration among students, faculty and staff with shared interests in advancing diversity, equity & inclusion on campus and beyond.
- January 18–25: The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, during which Christians pray for unity between all churches of the Christian faith
- January 18: Mahayana New Year, a holiday celebrated by the Mahayana Buddhist branch on the first full-moon day in January.
January 19: Timkat, a holiday observed by Ethiopian Orthodox Christians who celebrate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River on Epiphany.
- January 20: Lunar New Year, an annual holiday in many Asian cultures celebrating the arrival of spring and the beginning of a new year on the lunisolar calendar.
Our partners at EAB have developed a robust resource center that brings together a vast library of best practice DEIJ research, tools, and insights dedicated to "helping college and university leaders cultivate diversity, foster inclusion, promote equity, and fight for justice for their students, faculty, staff, and communities." All Seton Hall community members have access to this free resource. To sign up for a free account, use your SHU email address at eab.com.
The DEI Committee is responsible for helping to cultivate and nurture a trusting and collaborative University community that educates and empowers all its members to advance equity, inclusion, and social justice on campus and in the wider world. Please fill out this form if you are interested in sharing events, initiatives, ideas, or looking to get involved.
Jonathan Farina, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Assessment and Professor of English
Monica Burnette, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Services
Co-chairs, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
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