Diversity and Inclusion at SJC Long Island

Diversity and Inclusion at SJC Long Island

SJC Long Island welcomes everyone.

Donald R. Boomgaarden, President, St. Joseph's College of New YorkThere is a beautiful plea from the Book of Malachi (2:10) in which the prophet asks “Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us?”  This statement is at the core of what we, the College of St. Joseph of New York, hold as an essential truth of our faith, and of our mission.  The Sisters of St. Joseph, who founded the College over 100 years ago, have at the heart of their mission the universal values of inclusive love, reconciliation, and unity. In that same spirit, we at the College believe that we have one Creator, and that we all share a fundamental duty to love one another. This duty to love transcends race, national origin, gender, or any other ‘difference’ which might separate us.

I want to intentionally reaffirm our institution’s responsibility for fostering an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and good will among all, and within the communities we serve, and throughout the world.  St. Joseph’s College affirms the human dignity of every person and pledges to take all actions essential to provide a safe, welcoming environment for all students, faculty, staff and community members.  

Discussions among faculty members, staff and students that foster and build a sense of community and enhance enlightenment and inclusion are a key to our future, and essential for us to achieve our goal of providing a transformational educational experience to everyone who comes into contact with our College. I commend and fully support the SJC community for their continued commitment and dedication to upholding the highest ideals and the core values of our College.

— Donald R. Boomgaarden, President, St. Joseph’s College of New York


Maria Lopez

Marlee Lopez, '21 • Computer Information Technology Major

I am Puerto Rican.
I am the daughter of a single mother.
I am secretary of Diversity Union.
I run cross country and track at SJC.
I love music.
I came to SJC because of the amazing scholarship opportunity I was given.

I am SJC