Community Dialogue Groups

Creating a forum for strong communications between St. John's and its neighbors, the Office of Community Relations established the Community Dialogue Groups in Queens and Staten Island in 1999 and 2000, respectively.  Members of the Dialogue Groups include representation from: community boards, civic associations, borough hall officials, state and assembly liaisons, merchant associations, local police precincts, student and resident life representatives and various University officials in the areas of public safety, facilities and student affairs.

The bi-monthly meetings of the CDG began a decade ago to provide a forum and direct communication with representatives of the local neighbors to hear their opinions, praise and concerns. University administrators in various departments from both campuses keep the community readily informed on developments and achievements that may be of interest.  Members of St. John's University’s Student Government, Inc. also represent the student body at CDG meetings.

“For more than 142 years, from its early days in Bedford Stuyvesant, St. John's University has fostered a strong sense of commitment toward its neighbors,” said Joseph Sciame, Vice President for Community Relations at St. John’s University. “Accordingly, the Office of Community Relations is dedicated to understanding and serving the communities that border its campuses in the greater New York areas of Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan and Oakdale.” 

Through its community outreach, OCR has been able to maintain strong lines of communication with community boards, civic associations, local elected leaders, churches and borough halls.  The Office of Community Relations also oversees several outreach projects that help to address community needs, such as blood drives, charity events and cultural enrichment.  As well, the University is represented on a variety of external boards, such as the Chambers of Commerce for Jamaica, Queens and Staten Island, and others such as the Queens Symphony and Richmond County Orchestras, just to name a few.

For more information on the Community Dialogue Groups, call the Office of Community Relations at 718-990-1941.