Centennial Edition: Diversity at SHU


Siena Heights University makes it a point to create a welcoming and diverse environment for all who come to its campus. From programs like Sisterhood of Saints to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Siena’s campus truly reflects what it means to be a melting pot.

Within the newly implemented Legacy Room inside the university library, one can see this diversity as it evolves throughout time.

While several minorities and cultures are represented within the artifacts, one of the most notable aspects of Siena’s diverse culture begins with Jeanne Mosley, the first African-American to have graduated from Siena in 1959. It is important that this is shared because it stands as a milestone or a vital point in history where diversity started to develop within the university and also exemplifies the progress that the university has made since then.

Mosley’s featuring within the Legacy Room can also stand as a reminder that while 1959 seems to have been quite some time ago, and it seems as if a lot of progress has been made, there is still a long way to go when it comes to creating a more diverse and welcoming environment for all who attend and reaching out to educate those who may be at a socio-economic disadvantage.