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Student Affairs releases letter following the presidential election

The Division of Student Affairs released a letter to the student body regarding services available to students following the presidential election. The letter, sent from Kathryn Hutchinson, the vice-president of Student Affairs, last Wednesday, stated, “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.”

Hutchinson in the email said that the University will continue to encourage open, respectful exchanges, and foster an atmosphere that embodies compassion and concern for others.

‘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,’ the email said.

In her letter, Hutchinson also reminded students that they are able to contact someone within the division of Student Affairs if they wish to hold an event or dialogue on campus.

The contacts provided by Hutchinson are listed below:

  • Jackie Lochrie, acting dean of students, 718-990-6568 or [email protected]
  • James Salnave, associate dean for student development, 718-990-2708 or [email protected]
  • Eric Finkelstein, director of residence life, 718-990-2417 or [email protected]
  • Hannah Artiles-Stravers, director of sexual violence outreach, awareness, and response, 718-990-6550 or [email protected]

Ending the letter, she said, “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.”

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Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief
Suzanne Ciechalski is a senior journalism major with a minor in government and politics. In her second year as EIC, she hopes to continue increasing the Torch’s editorial content by spanning coverage to include news within the local community outside of SJU, and breaking news. She also hopes to expand the Torch’s visibility by building on the paper’s online presence and by reaching out to students through stories, journalism workshops and other events. Before graduating, she hopes to instill an element of community service within the Torch by reaching out to local high schools about how the Torch can help them build on their current newspaper, or develop one. Suzanne has been with the Torch for three years, previously serving as the opinion editor and as a staff writer. Have any questions? Email Suzanne at [email protected]
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