St. John's University is open to all students and community members. As we bring together community members of diverse backgrounds, the Office of Multicultural Affairs recognizes that in the U.S. and abroad, individuals and communities of diverse and marginalized backgrounds may have a difference of experience than individuals and communities from dominant or privileged backgrounds. As students and community members come together on our metropolitan campuses, it is our hope to identify inclusive centers and spaces designed for these groups.
The Inclusivity Resource Centers (IRC), under the Office of Multicultural Affairs, are Center that provides a brave, inclusive, and affirming space for students and guests.
The Inclusivity Resource Centers (IRC) were created to provide students with resources to assist in authentic and informed peer dialogue on topics of equity and inclusion. The IRC will provide social justice training for students, host equity and inclusion themed workshops, and through a collaboration with the Center for Counseling and Consultation, on the Queens, NY, campus, the Center will offer the services of a mental health counselor for both individual counseling and group programming. The Office of Multicultural Affairs’ student programming opportunities will also operate out of the IRC.
Assistant Vice President for Equity & Inclusion
Coordinator of Resource Centers
Spectrum strives to strengthen, foster, and affirm an inclusive, welcoming academic and campus environment for all students regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression for the purpose of upholding our University’s Catholic, Vincentian, and Metropolitan mission.
Spectrum fulfills students’ opportunities to further actualize the University’s mission and core values by developing spiritual and personal growth, nurturing awareness and understanding, and embodying the spirit of empathy through a welcoming community that cultivates and reflects the values of human dignity, diversity, compassion, and inclusiveness.
In acknowledging these opportunities, Spectrum sets its foundation upon four pillars: Support, Education, Faith, and Service.
Matthew Pucciarelli, PhD (he/his)
Associate Provost of Global Programs
Newman Hall[email protected]
Jackie Lochrie (she/hers)
Senior Associate Dean of Student Services, Acting Dean of Students &
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Peter J. Tobin College of Business, Garden Level[email protected]
Shanté Paradigm Smalls, PhD (they/them)
Associate Professor, Department of English
St. Augustine Hall[email protected]
Jimmy Walters, EdD (he/his)
Director of Residence Ministry and Catholic Scholars Program
Adjunct Faculty, School of Education and Institute for Core Studies
O’Connor Hall[email protected]
Leigha Clarke (she/hers)Major: Psychology[email protected]
Joanne Fung (she/hers)Major: Pharmacy[email protected]
Andy Ma (he/his)Major: Communication Arts[email protected]
Amir Singh (he/his)Majors: Computer Science / Cyber Security[email protected]
To support the anti-racism efforts happening in our institution, the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) has curated an extensive list of resources geared toward improving the racial literacy of our constituents and community. As a department, it is important that we continue to shed light on this very real systemic issue that is pervasive in many areas of our lives. It is our hope that consumption of these resources will be helpful in your journey to deepening your understanding of the processes and systems that perpetuate and uphold systems of oppression.
As we continue the daily journey of being an anti-racist department and campus, we first hold ourselves accountable as we also support peer and community accountability. To do this, we begin with the competencies of self-awareness and empathy as we work toward better understanding and supporting one another.
Anti-racism is an ongoing process that requires continuous, proactive engagement, and participation. OMA would like to provide this resource list to supplement the process of unlearning racism, beginning with ourselves, our classrooms and campuses, our families, and our community.
To supplement your actions in becoming anti-racist, we encourage you to begin with knowledge building through review of this curated list, which includes articles and readings that may be helpful in understanding different perspectives, books featuring notable authors who write about lived experiences through the lens of race and antiracism, videos including TED Talks, clips, movies, and television shows aimed at increasing individual and group awareness. Further, we have provided links inclusive of a “how-to” section for those seeking to take action. To support the protection of your energy, referred to as self-care, we have also included things to do in the NYC area and a list of mental health resources from internal and external sources.
This curated list includes several categories to cater to the different needs of our campus community. This list, while extensive, is not complete. We invite you to contact us to provide any resources you believe are missing or would like to see featured.
Some books may currently be out of stock, we encourage you to consider e-book options:
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYPL
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd)
New York, NY, 10037
Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107th Street Corona NY 11368
(718) 478-8274 http://www.louisarmstronghouse.org/
Langston Hughes House
20 E. 127th Street New York, NY 10035 http://www.itooarts.com
African Burial Ground National Monument
290 Broadway New York, NY 10007
(212) 637-2019 http://www.nps.gov/afbg/index.htm
Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial, Educational and Cultural Center
3940 Broadway New York, NY 10032 http://theshabazzcenter.net/
Studio Museum in Harlem
144 W. 125th Street New York, NY 10027
(212) 864-4500 http://www.studiomuseum.org/
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
405 W. 55th Street New York, NY 10019
(212) 405-9000 http://www.alvinailey.org/ Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (Mother Zion)
1st African American church
140-7 West 137th Street New York, NY 10030
Weeksville Heritage Center
1698 Bergen Street Brooklyn, NY 11213 http://www.weeksvillesociety.org/
Shirley Chisolm Circle
900 Prospect Place Brooklyn, NY 11213 https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/brower-park/highlights/19703
Addisleigh Park Historic District
110-40 177th Street Jamaica, NY 11433
Black Spectrum Theatre
177th Street & Baisley Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11434 http://www.blackspectrum.com/index.html
206 W 118th Street New York, NY 10026
(212) 243-2222 http://www.mintonsharlem.com/
African American Museum of Nassau County
110 North Franklin Street Hempstead, NY 11550
(516) 572-0730 http://www.theaamuseum.org/
Fraunces Tavern Museum
54 Pearl Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10004
(212) 425-1778 https://www.frauncestavernmuseum.org
253 W 125th Street New York, NY 10027 https://www.apollotheater.org/
Lewis Latimer House
34-41 137th Street Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 961-8585 https://lewislatimerhouse.org
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art
80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn 11217 (Exterior & Lobby Galleries, Central Gallery)
Nolan Park House 7A, Governors Island NYC 10004 (House)
(718) 230-0492 x700 https://mocada.org
Sandy Ground Historical Society
1538 Woodrow Road Staten Island, N.Y. 10309
(718) 317-5796 https://sandyground.wordpress.com/
St. John’s University Center for Counseling & Consultation Resource List
Below we have outlined resources for identity-based counseling services. Individual therapists have not been vetted and are simply a reference list for those seeking identity-based counseling services from licensed clinicians.
Therapy for Black Girls
Therapy for Black Girls is an online space committed to improving the mental health and wellness of Black women and girls. https://therapyforblackgirls.com/
Psychology Today African American Therapist Directory https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/african-american
Psychology Today Latinx Therapist Directory https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/hispanic-and-latino
Therapy for Latinx https://www.therapyforlatinx.com
Psychology Today Asian Therapist Directory https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/asian
Psychology Today Native & Indigenous Therapist Directory https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/native-american
Psychology Today Middle Eastern Therapist Directory https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/arabic Psychology Today Bi/Multiracial Therapist Directory https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/multicultural/ny/new-york
Psychology Today LGBTQIA+ Therapist Directory https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/gay
Psychology Today Racial Identity Therapists https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/racial-identity
Psychology Today Disability Therapist Directory Learning Cognitive
Inclusive Therapist Directory – find a therapist for all identities https://www.inclusivetherapists.com
National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) https://www.nyxt.nyc/naminyc/
NAMI NYC Metro Support Groups https://www.naminycmetro.org/support-groups/
NAMI Queens/Long Island https://namiqn.org
NAMI Brooklyn/Staten Island http://www.namistatenisland.org/
Information concerning mental health promotion, positive coping and resources related to mental illness and treatment. https://ourselvesblack.com/home