The Pursuit of Racial Justice

April 20, 2021   Good evening, Now that the jury has delivered a guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd, I hope and pray our nation and our own community will continue the pursuit of racial justice. Today’s decision is an important step; one that gives our country the opportunity to […]

Our Reaffirmed Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

February 1, 2021 Good afternoon, Today marks the start of Black History Month, a time to celebrate and highlight the influence of African American culture and individuals throughout history. Earlier today, we commemorated the start of the month with a virtual community flag raising, where I quoted the powerful words of our honorary alumnus, Dr. […]

The Importance of Democracy

January 7, 2021 Good afternoon, Yesterday we witnessed a violent attempt to disrupt our democracy at the U.S. Capitol. I have joined in solidarity with my fellow Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) presidents in issuing the following statement: We, the presidents of the Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, condemn in […]

ICE Guidance and International Students

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) has issued the following statement regarding the guidance for international students released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Monday, July 6. We stand in support with AJCU and our fellow Jesuit institutions to change this proposal so that it does not adversely affect any international students, who are an […]

Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold DACA

While encouraged by Thursday’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a program which protected 800,000 young immigrants from deportation, our work is not finished. Saint Peter’s will join its fellow Jesuit colleges and universities to work with Congress to push for a clean DREAM Act, designed to provide […]


Today, Juneteenth, marks the oldest national commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. While celebrated since the late 1800s, there has been a resurgence of discussion and interest surrounding the date given the recent nationwide protests over the tragic and senseless deaths of Black men and women. My hope is that you […]

My Thoughts on the Killing of George Floyd and Racism in America

The horrific killing of George Floyd has been just the most recent example of violence against people of color in our country. The brutality captured on video is vivid evidence that the disease of racism that has infected our country is enduring and structural. Unlike the current virus we are all contending with, this disease […]

President Eugene Cornacchia, Ph.D., Virginia Bender, Ph.D., and David Surrey, Ph.D. Present at the 30th Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Conference

Virginia Bender, Ph.D., special assistant to the president for institutional planning; Eugene Cornacchia, Ph.D., president of Saint Peter’s University; and David Surrey, Ph.D., chair of the sociology department presented at the 30th Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities conference in San Antonio last week. The presentation was titled, “Post Title V Grant: A Retrospective and […]


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