Multicultural Advisory Committee

The Multicultural Advisory Committee is an advisory group to the President of the University that addresses both the broad issues of multiculturalism in higher education and the specific multicultural needs of our St. John’s University community. One of its functions is to provide recommendations that will help the University better serve its increasingly diverse population.

Co-chaired by Dr. André McKenzie and Dr. Kathryn Hutchinson, the committee is comprised of thirty-five representative faculty, administrators and students from the Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan campuses. The committee held its first meeting in the spring of 2004 and continues to meet regularly since that time. Meetings of the committee are open to all members of the University community.

Committee Members

Kathryn T. HutchinsonVice President for Student AffairsStudent Affairs
Andre McKenzieVice PresidentDivision of Academic Support Services
David GachigoAssociate Dean for Student AffairsStudent Life-Staten Island
Rosa HancoAssistant DirectorStudent Life
Suzanne HendersonAssistant DeanGraduate Division, St. John's College
Thomas J. LawrenceVice PresidentPublic Safety
Kathleen MeehanAssociate Vice PresidentAthletics
Lucy PesceExecutive Director for MissionOffice of Vincentian Mission
Angela P. SeegelCampus MinisterUniversity Ministry
Joan C. VivianDirector of Employee Train. & Dev.Human Resources
Yael WepmanDirector of EEOHuman Resources
Ching Wen Rosa YenDirectorMulticultural Affairs
Sandra AbramsAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum & Instruction
Alina Camacho-GingerichProfessorCommittee for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, SJC
Linda T. ChinAssistant ProfessorCriminal Justice & Legal Studies, CPS
Sanae ElmouddenAssistant ProfessorRhetoric Commun & Theatre
Carmine P. GibaldiAssociate ProfessorAdministration & Economics, CPS
Ming-hui LiAssociate ProfessorHuman Services and Counseling
Cynthia R. PhillipsAssistant Professor & Associate DeanPlanning, Finance, Admin. & Business Prog., TCB
Rev. Jean-Pierre RuizAssociate ProfessorTheology and Religious Studies, SJC
Joseph TrainorAssistant ProfessorAccounting, TCB
Christie MathewPresidentIndia Subcontinent Student Council (ISSO)
Hervy Ong Student Coordinator OMA
Diamari Velez R.I.S.E. 
Jieyu ZhuPresidentChinese Students & Scholars Association (CSSA)
Kirk Daley Student CoordinatorOMA
Maria MarquezPresidentPilipino American Reaching Everyone (PARE)
Miguel Vasquez R.I.S.E. 
Nkiru IfedigboPresidentResidence Student Association (RSA)
Ricardine LaventureVPHaraya
Richardson Latortue R.I.S.E. 


Additional Information

Course Offerings in Multicultural/Ethnic/Global Studies has been developed by the President’s Multicultural Advisory Committee, a group of students, faculty and administrators from diverse backgrounds working together for a common cause. The Committee serves as an advisory group to the President of the University in addressing both the broad issues of multiculturalism in higher education and the specific multicultural and global needs of our St. John’s University community.

The purpose of this publication is to provide students with a comprehensive guide to the various multidisciplinary, cross-cultural courses offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at St. John’s. Topics vary from “Studies in Italian Culture” and “Women in America” to “Politics of the Middle East” and “African Nationalism,” as well as “International Marketing,” “Global Crime” and “Religions of the World.” Information is also provided about special certificate programs designed specifically for students who wish to concentrate in area studies including Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Asian Studies.

Similar to the Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins, course listings are categorized by College. Students should be aware that many of the courses listed in this publication: (1) require prerequisites, (2) are open only to department majors, (3) require special permission from the department chair/program director, and (4) are not offered every semester.

Prior to registering for any courses, you must consult with your academic advisor to ensure that you are eligible to take a course and that it fits within your program requirements.

We hope you find this guide a helpful resource in your course selection process. For additional information on minors in multicultural/ethnic/global studies, refer to the Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins or consult with your academic advisor.

Diversity Recruiting Resources
From HERC (The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)

Future Black Faculty Database (FBF)
Developed at UC Berkeley, the FBF Database contains records of doctoral candidates, recent graduates, and professionals seeking positions in academia. All Database members are of African American descent and plan to obtain a tenure track faculty position within five to seven years. The focus of this database is on persons studying engineering or the natural sciences. Access to the database is free.

National HERC Partner Newsletter

National Minority Faculty Identification Program (NMFI)
Educational Institutions join the NMFI program for $200. This program advertises its roster of member institutions four times a year in The Chronicle of Higher Education and invites candidates to submit their CVs for consideration by member institutions. Four times a year (October, November, January, and March) the NFMI Program produces a computerized directory of the abbreviated resumes, indexed by discipline. Using this directory, member institutions can request up to 25 dossiers free of charge; subsequent dossiers are $1.00 each.

Information about the MNYSC HERC (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium), a collaborative effort developed by Columbia University, New York University, and Yale University to improve academic recruitment and retention, with a special emphasis on facilitating dual career appointments and enhancing faculty diversity.

Sloan Guide for the Successful Recruitment of Minority Students into Science and Engineering Ph.D. Programs
Reference manual for faculty and recruiters in search of graduate students in the areas of science, engineering and mathematics.