Last week, we saw the end of a long and difficult campaign season unlike others in memory. In his recent communication, President Gempesaw, wrote to our University community: “As part of our democratic tradition, we recognize that the voting process has been completed and the results are final. However, because of the political divisiveness and rough rhetoric used in the presidential campaign, it has been a very difficult experience especially for those who may feel threatened by the outcome.”
We want to be sure that the strong feelings felt on both sides are not expressed through intolerance, intimidation, or discrimination—all of which are inconsistent with our University core values.
As we strive to live the mission of our Catholic and Vincentian tradition, we must foster an atmosphere in which all may embody the spirit of compassionate concern for others.
As we move forward, we will continue to encourage the open and respectful exchange of ideas and to give voice to your concerns. To help continue to foster such discussions, the Division of Student Affairs will be hosting a series of “pop up” dialogue events. You may follow StJohnsNow on Facebook or Twitter for updates on these events.
If your student group or organization would like to schedule a program or dialogue group, please contact Jackie Lochrie, acting dean of students, at 718-990-6568 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are more comfortable speaking with someone individually, you may contact the following members from the Division:
- Jackie Lochrie, acting dean of students, 718-990-6568 or email@example.com
- James Salnave, associate dean for student development, 718-990-2708 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Eric Finkelstein, director of residence life, 718-990-2417 or email@example.com
- Hannah Artiles-Stravers, director of sexual violence outreach, awareness, and response, 718-990-6550 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If for any reason, you are facing difficulties with sleep, ability to study, or your personal relationships, I encourage you to speak with a member of the Center for Counseling and Consultation: Queens, 718-990-6384; Staten Island, 718-390-4451.