Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

Inclusive Spaces and Resources

Welcome and Affirming Spaces for All

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.  

IRC Staff

Monique Jernigan
Assistant Vice President for Equity & Inclusion

Deana Leonce
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.

Spectrum Advisors

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]

Pillar Advisors

Education Advisor
Shanté Paradigm Smalls, PhD (they/them)
Associate Professor, Department of English
St. Augustine Hall
[email protected]

Faith Advisor
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]

Spectrum Executive Board

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]

Antiracism & Racial Literacy Resources

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: 


  • 13th (Ava DuVernay)  
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) 
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien)  
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) 
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) 
  • Seven Seconds (Veena Sud) 
  • They’ve Gotta Have Us (Docuseries) 
  • Malcolm X (Spike Lee) 
  • Who Killed Malcolm X (Rachel Dretzin and Phil Bertelsen) 
  • Time: The Kalief Browder Story (Jenner Furst) 
  • Moonlight (Barry Jenkins) 
  • Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (Kasi Lemmons) 
  • Becoming (Nadia Hallgren) 
  • Teach Us All (Sonia Lowman) 
  • Trigger Warning with Killer Mike 
  • LA 92 (Daniel Lindsay & T.J. Martin) 
  • The Force (Peter Nicks) 
  • The Innocence Files (Roger Ross Williams) 


  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) 
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr. -- Hulu with Cinemax)  
  • Black-ish (Kenya Barris) 
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (George C. Wolfe) 
  • Whose Streets (Sabaah Folayan) 
  • Crime + Punishment (Stephen Maing) 

Amazon Prime/HBO/Rental 

  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) 
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin documentary directed by Raoul Peck) 
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) free rental for the month of June 2020 
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) 
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution  
  • Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi) 
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) 
  • Loving (Jeff Nichols) 
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) 
  • Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee) 
  • Belle (Amma Asante) 
  • Black Kkklansman (Spike Lee) 
  • Marshall (Reginald Hudlin) 
  • Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi) 

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYPL 
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd) 
New York, NY, 10037 
(917) 275-6975 

Louis Armstrong House Museum 
34-56 107th Street Corona NY 11368 
(718) 478-8274   

Langston Hughes House  
20 E. 127th Street New York, NY 10035 

African Burial Ground National Monument  
290 Broadway New York, NY 10007 
(212) 637-2019   

Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial, Educational and Cultural Center  
3940 Broadway New York, NY 10032   

Studio Museum in Harlem 
144 W. 125th Street New York, NY 10027 
(212) 864-4500   

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
405 W. 55th Street New York,  NY 10019 
(212) 405-9000 

Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (Mother Zion) 
1st African American church 
140-7 West 137th Street New York, NY 10030 
(212) 234-1544  

Weeksville Heritage Center  
1698 Bergen Street Brooklyn, NY 11213   

Shirley Chisolm Circle  
900 Prospect Place Brooklyn, NY 11213   

Addisleigh Park Historic District  
110-40 177th Street Jamaica, NY 11433   

Black Spectrum Theatre  
177th Street & Baisley Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11434   

206 W 118th Street New York, NY 10026 
(212) 243-2222 

African American Museum of Nassau County  
110 North Franklin Street Hempstead, NY 11550 
(516) 572-0730 

Fraunces Tavern Museum 
54 Pearl Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10004 
(212) 425-1778 

Apollo Theater 
253 W 125th Street New York, NY 10027   

Lewis Latimer House 
34-41 137th Street Flushing, NY 11354 
(718) 961-8585   

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 

Sandy Ground Historical Society  
1538 Woodrow Road Staten Island, N.Y. 10309 
(718) 317-5796

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. 

Psychology Today African American Therapist Directory 

Psychology Today Latinx Therapist Directory 

Therapy for Latinx 

Psychology Today Asian Therapist Directory 

Psychology Today Native & Indigenous Therapist Directory 

Psychology Today Middle Eastern Therapist Directory 

Psychology Today Bi/Multiracial Therapist Directory  
Psychology Today LGBTQIA+ Therapist Directory 

Psychology Today Racial Identity Therapists 

Psychology Today Disability Therapist Directory 

Inclusive Therapist Directory – find a therapist for all identities 

National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) 
NAMI NYC Metro Support Groups 
NAMI Queens/Long Island 
NAMI Brooklyn/Staten Island 

Ourselves, Black 
Information concerning mental health promotion, positive coping and resources related to mental illness and treatment.