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Diversity and Inclusion in Employment

Rooted in the University's Mission and Core Values, diversity is a part of the foundation of our St. John's community. University policy #808 Diversity Initiative describes the Institution’s support for diversity and multiculturalism. With its main campus located in one of the most diverse cities in the world, New York, St. John’s is poised to harness the richness of that diversity in fulfillment of its metropolitan and global mission.

The University mission statement recognizes that, “As a metropolitan university, we benefit from New York City's cultural diversity, its intellectual and artistic resources, and its unique professional education opportunities.... As a global university, we are one of our nation's most diverse institutions of higher education, enriched by a mixture of cultures, which complements an internationalized curriculum." Furthermore, the Vincentian core value of Respect guides the community to have an “awareness of and esteem for all individuals [and] a courteous regard for all people whose diversity is embraced and shared in learning, teaching and service to others within the University community and beyond.”  

In the 2016 edition of US News Best Colleges, St. John’s University ranks second on its list of most ethnically diverse campuses among National Universities. In its 2016 list, ranked St. John’s #11 for Most Diverse student body.

The Office of Human Resources values the diversity of our employees and seeks to assist in the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff and administrators that reflect the breadth of our metropolitan and global student body, while encouraging a comfortable and inclusive environment for all employees. Over a ten-year period (2005–2014), racial and ethnic diversity among our full-time faculty has expanded from 19% to 26%; among full-time administrators from 26% to 32%; and among full-time staff from 22% to 32%.

Diverse sourcing of applicants and programs that promote and protect equal hiring and employment decisions continue to help us toward a goal of broad and inclusive representation. St. John’s is a member of and/or posts open jobs with organizations including: American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Asians in Higher, Women in Higher Education, the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Veterans in Higher Ed.comHERC and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education with its job site - Diverse Jobs.

In FY 2015, 38% of full-time faculty new hires and 41% of full-time non-faculty new hires identified themselves as ethnically and/or racially diverse.(The federal government categories include: Hispanic; American Indian or Alaskan Native; Asian; Black or African American; Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; or two or more races.)

The Human Resources Training and Development department offers Diversity Awareness training to all University employees. Since it was introduced in 2004, more than 850 employees (active and former) have participated in the diversity awareness program. Together with broadly-communicated policies and training programs relating to Title IX, non-discrimination and equal opportunity employment, we strive to educate, guide and protect our University community.

If you have questions about Human Resources policies or programs at St. John’s, contact Lillian Dotolo at