Dear Editor, 

I am writing in reference to Emily Renteria’s article in last week’s issue of The Record (“Diversity gap still exists as CSB/SJU become more diverse than ever with arrival of class of 2021”).

The diversity of our campus population is an important topic, and Emily makes several very good points about acceptance, tolerance and understanding. However, there is a factual error which I would like to correct.

At SJU, the first-year to senior population includes 17 percent students of color (not 8 percent as was indicated in the article). That compares to 7 percent just a decade ago. Additionally, 4 percent of our enrollment is comprised of international students (that number is slightly down from 6 percent ten years ago).

St. John’s has significant and increasingly diverse population, and we are better for it. That being said, we are not resting on our laurels. We will continue to focus on making our great Benedictine liberal arts education accessible to all through active recruitment, scholarships, financial aid and campus support systems.

Sincerely,
Michael Hemesath
SJU President