Activism and Events

Activism and Events

EVENTS 2020-2021


Connecting with the Community

Date: Monday, November 30, 2020 
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Link: Email to RSVP
Description: Join us for an interactive discussion navigating the non-profit career world with Joseph W. Lyttle Executive Director of the Federeicksburg area HIV/AIDS support services. 

Mindfullness Yoga

Date: Wednesdays
1/20, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 5/5, 5/12 and 5/19
Time: 1:40 pm - 2:50 pm
Description: BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…Yoga!! Join us on Wednesdays for a relaxing and energizing yoga session which includes mindfulness and meditation led by the amazing Tejal Patel. Classes are FREE and all levels are welcomed. 

Breaking The Cycle Campaign

Date: Entire Month of October
Time: 1:40 pm - 2:50 pm
Link: Email to RSVP
Description: In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, The Women’s Center for Gender Justice and New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault is working on a month long campaign called “Breaking The Cycle Campaign”. During the month of October, we will be offering virtual workshops (provided below) and trainings revolving around Domestic Violence as well as sharing data and useful resources via all social media platforms.


Friday, October 2nd @ 12 pm - Sexual Violence 101 in collaboration w/ Urban Male Initiative, Immigration Female Justice Alliance & The Counseling Services Center

Sexual Violence 101 will cover the most basic information on what sexual violence is. This presentation will cover terminology, statistics of sexual violence, the impacts of sexual violence, and some aspects of consent. This workshop is for people interested in obtaining a baseline of understanding on what counts as sexual violence (from unwanted verbal comments to physically violent attacks) and how prevalent is it within our society.

Wednesday, October 7th @ 12 pm - Supporting a Survivor in collaboration w/ Immigration Student Success Center, Accessibility and Children’s Center Services, Immigration Female Justice Alliance & The Counseling Services Center

The statistics are harrowing—1 in 4 college-aged women will have experienced an attempted or completed sexual assault by the time they graduate from college. In addition to these statistics, COVID-19 creates new barriers for supporting survivors. This workshop will discuss how to be the best support to a friend who may have experienced sexual violence. The workshop will include “Dos and don’ts,” vignette analyses, and a list of helpful resources to have on hand if a friend ends up disclosing to you at some point.

Wednesday, October 14th @ 12 pm - Violence in the LGBTQ+ Communities in collaboration w/ LGBTQ+ Allies, Immigration Student Success Center & The Counseling Services Center

When we think about sexual violence, stalking, dating violence, is almost always understood within a heteronormative context. Not only is this incredibly narrow, but it contributes to the invisibilization of some of the most historically oppressed groups in our country. Violence is experienced at a higher rate within the LGBTQ community as compared to the heterosexual community. This workshop will delve into what violence looks like within the queer community, the complexities that are unique to it, how to recognize warning signs, and the unique barriers that may be present when attempting to access services.

Wednesday, October 21st @ 11 am - “Revenge Porn:” Understanding Cyber-Sexual Assault in collaboration w/ The Counseling Services Center

With the world’s ever-evolving technological landscape, how do we combat new forms of cyber- sexual assault? This workshop dives into the origins of “revenge porn” and the many different forms it can take online. We will discuss how social media platforms impact and often perpetuate cyber-sexual abuse. With new laws in New York City about “revenge porn,” this workshops spends time talking about how the new laws affect college campuses and what actions to take.

Wednesday, October 28th @ 12 pm - Bringing in the Bystander in collaboration w/ Immigration Female Justice Alliance & The Counseling Services Center

Bringing in the Bystander® is a bystander intervention workshop. Rather than focusing strictly on the roles of perpetrator and victim, the highly interactive Bringing in the Bystander® curriculum uses a community responsibility approach. It teaches bystanders how to safely intervene in instances where sexual violence, relationship violence or stalking may be occurring or where there may be risk that it will occur.


Friday, October 16th @ 12 pm – Student Leaders - Supporting a Survivor, for Student Responsible Employees in collaboration w/ Student Council, Immigration Student Success Center & The Counseling Services Center

This training will support “Responsible” Student Leader or Employees in knowing how best to walk the line between your desire to help and support your students and your legal responsibilities to the school, provide examples of trauma-informed responses, basic “dos and don’ts,” and local resources you can give your students. Survivors/victims of sexual assault are most likely to disclose to someone they feel close to, and that could mean you may receive a disclosure of sexual assault at some point. This training aims to make you feel more prepared if/when this happens.

Friday, October 23rd @ 12 pm - Faculty/Staff - Intersecting Identities and Sexual Violence in collaboration w/ Immigration Student Success Center & The Counseling Services Center

Intersectionality, a term coined by Kimberle Crenshaw, refers to the place where multiple identities intersect with one another. There are some parallels and similarities in life experiences, but our identities shape how we view and experience the world. They also mold how we experience and respond to sexual violence, rape culture, and understand sexual and romantic relationships. This training aims to break down the various experiences and barriers students may have when it comes to sexual violence. It will take a deeper dive into understanding how different identities may influence a survivor’s choices in response, reporting, and healing. More importantly, this training will aim teach faculty and staff how to support survivors with different identities in a responsive, responsible, and thoughtful manner.



Safer Sex - Condoms 101

Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 
Time: 12:o0 pm - 1:00 pm
Description: The NYC Condom Availability Program gives away more than 30 million free safer sex products every year to over 3,500 locations throughout the five boroughs. These free products include male NYC Condoms, internal condoms (FC2) and lubricant. The Safer Sex Workshop will cover the services NYCAP provides, detailed descriptions of the variety of safer sex products they offer and how to access these FREE products. Additionally, In response to COVID-19, NYCAP will discuss best practices and guidance on having safer sex during this time.



Date: Classes will meet every Wednesday
1/29, 2/5, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 and 5/20
Time: 1:50 am - 2:50 pm
Description: BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…Yoga!! Join us every Wednesday for a relaxing and energizing yoga session which includes mindfulness and meditation led by the amazing Tejal Patel. Classes are FREE and all levels are welcomed. 








Date: Support Group will meet every Wednesday - 2/26 & 3/4
Time: 1:50 pm - 2:50 pm
Location: L.67.00 NB (WCGJ Center)
Description: Join the LGBTQ+ support group for connection and community in a safe, and confidential space







Date: Everyday; Monday to Friday
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: L.67.00 NB (WCGJ Center)
Description: Nothing like a good ole RISE & GRIND. Join us and get work done at the Women’s Center for Gender Justice






May 2020


Date: Wednesday, May 6 / Thursday, May 7 / Monday, May 11, 2020 
Time: 1:40 pm - 2:50 pm
Description: May is  Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month (APIDA). Join us as we celebrate the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States, recognizing their contributions and influences.







Date: Thursday, May 7, 2020
Time: 1:50 pm - 2:500 pm
Description: Want to learn how to transform your look – or help your friends? Interested in learning skills for a more femme, masc, or androgynous appearance? All are welcome to this workshop, taught by Derek Medina – Bronx native and noted make-up artist for BET, Wilhelmina, and others! No experience necessary. Co-sponsored by the Women’s Center for Gender Justice and the LGBTQ & Allies Club.



April 2020
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
LINK: Must RSVP for this event at
Description: As you start (or continue!) your journey towards self care, don’t forget to include pleasure. From tips on relaxation to masturbation, we’ll be helping you find the best ways to take time for yourself. 



Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020
Time: 1:50 pm - 2:500 pm
Description: Are you ready to change the world? Join us on April 30th as filmmaker Sriyanka Ray shares tips on how to make powerful short activist documentaries with equipment you already own.




March 2020


Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Time: 1:50 pm - 2:50 pm
Location: L.67.00 NB (WCGJ Center)
Description: Get down with going down! Join us and learn the best tips and tricks for great oral on all kinds of bodies. Whether it’s fellatio, cunnilingus, anilingus, or all of the above- you’ll be ahead of the head game in no time.





Resume Review
Thursday, March 5th & Monday, March 9th
Time: 1:50 pm - 2:50 pm

Career Fair Prep
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: L.67.00 NB (WCGJ Center)
Description: Make the most of your career fair experience on March 12th by being prepared! The Women’s Center for Gender Justice and The Career Center presents to you PREPARE FOR THE FAIR! Stop by the Center (L.67.00 NB) on March 5th & 9th to have your resume reviewed by a career counselor; March 10th attend the Career Fair Prep workshop where you’ll learn how to make a positive impression and stand out among other candidates.  



Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: Ailey Extension (405 W 55th St, New York, NY)
Description: NOPE! Your mind isn’t playing tricks on you. Couldn’t make the last class? You’re in luck! Pick up your tickets on March 5th in room L.66.03 NB during community hour. First come, first served FYI: Event is taking place on Saturday, March 7th from 5pm to 6:30 pm.

All Styles Vogue Students will learn the fundamentals of Vogue Dancing, classic Runway as well as current trends with special attention paid to its rich history. You’ll begin with a contemporary jazz warm-up, targeting core muscle strength, grace, clean lines, balance and control. Students will learn how to incorporate graceful hand and body movements with Egyptian-like popping, dipping and spinning. Students are encouraged to bring high heels, but not mandatory. All levels welcome.




Date: Monday, March 9, 2020
Time: 1:50 pm - 2:50 pm
Location: L.61.00 NB
Description: Using her own experiences, activist and John Jay alum Angy Rivera will guide us through a conversation on the intersections between immigration and violence. This discussion will cover information about domestic violence, and may be triggering to survivors. Information from the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic Violence and Gender Based Violence will be available.




Date: Monday, March 10, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm; reception will follow
Location:  630 HH
Description: The Center for International Human Rights, Women’s Center for Gender Justice, Students Without Borders, Minor in Human Rights Studies, and MA in International Crime and Justice  invite you to a panel discussion in celebration of International Women’s Day. Lissette Delgado-Cruzata (Sciences), Alexandra Johnson (International Crime and Justice), Gohar Petrossian (Criminal Justice) and Erin Thompson (Art and Music) will discuss “Women in the Academy: Challenges and Prospects.” 

RSVP to by Friday, March 6 




Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: L2.85.00 NB
Description: The Department of Art and Music and Women’s Center for Gender Justice present: Chaédria LaBouvier on Basquiat. LaBouvier was the first Black curator and first curator of Cuban descent to organize a show for the Guggenheim Museum: “Basquiat’s Defacement: The Untold Story,” which showcased art created in response to the police killing of a young artist. LaBouvier will discuss curating, Basquiat’s significance, and broader questions in the art world. RSVPs appreciated but not required: 

This event will be live streamed on Facebook (no log-in necessary) at:



Date: Thursday, March 18, 2020
Time: 1:50 pm - 2:50 pm
Description: Professor Toby Jenkins will talk about the connections between health, wellness, & leadership. The conversation about leadership and success must include a dialogue about our health and caring for ourselves. She will discuss the use of culture as a politic of social survival, a tool of social change, and a creatively meaningful space of knowledge production.

Watch the live stream on Facebook (you don’t need to have an account), Wednesday March 18, 2020, 1:50 PM – 2:50 PM
If you have problems accessing the live stream, please email Professor Erin Thompson at, and she’ll try to help.
Please also email questions for Professor Jenkins in advance to Erin Thompson at, and Professor Jenkins will answer them during her talk!

DATE: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
TIME: 1:50pm - 2:50pm 
DESCRIPTIONStories are powerful. They can expand our understanding of the world, connect us with each other, and challenge normative power structures. Hear from advocates working on behalf of girls and gender equality at the United Nations about the disruptive power of girls’ storytelling within the UN. Then, explore your own story and decide who in power needs to hear it. Hosted by John Jay College's Center for Gender Justice.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


February 2020

Date: Monday, February 10, 2020
Time: 1:50 pm - 2:50 pm
Location: L.67.00 NB (WCGJ Center)
Description: The Center for Gender Justice and Department of Interdisciplinary Studies present author Amanda Harris, who will lead a safe and supportive creative writing workshop environment in which you will begin shaping a pivotal moment in your life from words.  What made you who you are today?  How do our past experiences determine who we are and how we interact with the world?  Do you believe people can change?  Trauma sits differently in our bodies, and we will learn to channel our diverse challenges into art that overcomes obstacles and heals us, and each other.  We will read short works of memoir/creative nonfiction, and you will begin drafting your own.  Discover the survivor’s voice within.  You are stronger than you ever imagined. 



Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Time: 1:50 pm - 2:50 pm
Location: L.67.00 NB (WCGJ Center)
Description: If you're choosing to have sex, it should be fun and hot! Regardless of your race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or any identity, sex is something that exists. So let's talk about! Join the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault for a workshop about sexual empowerment, healthy relationships, affirmative consent, and hook-up culture






Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020
Time: 1:50 pm - 2:50 pm
Location: L.67.00 NB (WCGJ Center)
Description: Join us for an empowering online dating & hook-up saftey info session with Ali Walensky.  







Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: L.Ailey Extension (405 W 55th St. New York, NY 10019)
Description: All Styles Vogue Students will learn the fundamentals of Vogue Dancing, classic Runway as well as current trends with special attention paid to its rich history. You’ll begin with a contemporary jazz warm-up, targeting core muscle strength, grace, clean lines, balance and control. Students will learn how to incorporate graceful hand and body movements with Egyptian-like popping, dipping and spinning. Students are encouraged to bring high heels, but not mandatory. All levels welcome. Contact to sign up – first come, first serve!



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Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Time: 1:50 pm - 2:50 pm
Location: L.67.00 NB (WCGJ Center)
Description: Do you want to help survivors of sex trafficking escape violence and build stable lives free from exploitation? Come hear Yvonne Chen, the Supervising Program Manager for Sanctuary for Families’ Anti-Trafficking Initiative, talk about making a career fighting human trafficking. She’ll tell us about her experience identifying victims through community outreach, for example by building relationships with workers in massage parlors, and being a live-in coordinator for a residential program for those who have experience sex trafficking. Sanctuary for Families is New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence, with a special focus on the specific needs of immigrants and LGBTQ people. 




Date: Thursday, February 19, 2020
Time: 1:50 pm - 2:50 pm
Location: L.67.00 NB (WCGJ Center)
Description: The workshop provides a detailed review on the prohibitions contained in the law regarding the use of credit reports and criminal or conviction records in making employment decisions by employers, labor organizations and employment agencies. Exemptions under the law are also covered.






Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Harren Hall 
Description: The OpEd Project, a think tank and leadership organization that changes history by accelerating the ideas and impact of underrepresented voices, will lead an interactive workshop about becoming a thought leader. You’ll learn how to present ideas quickly and powerfully under pressure; when and why people change their minds; the difference between being “right” and being effective; and other strategies for greater impact. You will write a draft opinion piece and get advice on how to publish it. Plus, you will have three months of access to OpEd Project journalist mentors after the workshop to help you get your writing published! Students who’ve gone through the training have published in The New York Times, New York Post, and other influential places.

If you would like to attend this training please submit your application via-email at 


Date: Monday,  February 24, 2020
Time: 1:50 am - 2:50 pm
Location: Moot Court Room
Description: Facilitated by 3 Hip-Hop education scholars and writers, this interactive workshop engages with Hip-Hop music and culture to explore facets of mental health and wellness in people’s lives and communities. Participants will engage in open discussion of stigmas and misconceptions about mental health as well as how Hip Hop music can be explored as a site of emotional complexity and development. These activities will culminate in collaborative writing that explores Hip-Hop music creation as a tool for wellness and community-building.



Date Re-Scheduled!: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: 1:50 pm - 2:50 pm
Location: L.67.00 NB (WCGJ Center)
Description: Come join us for a 101 on BDSM- from power play and D/s dynamics, to bondage, impact, and more- this Quick lesson will whet your appetite for all things kinky.






Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time: 1:50 am - 2:50 pm
Location: 9.64 New Building
Description: Ed Emcees: A Story of Hip-Hop Brotherhood“ is an interactive discussion with three Black male Hip-Hop educators, rappers, and spoken word poets who will tell their stories about identity, masculinity, and love than span across the spectrum of sexuality, faith, and artistic expression.

January 2020


Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: 92nd St Y (1395 Lexington Avenue) 
Description: The John Jay Center for Gender Justice is giving out 20 free tickets to see Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski talking to award-winning producer and writer Richie Jackson about Jackson’s new book, Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to His Son.

More info:



The Women's Center for Gender Justice collaborate with on-campus clubs and departments as well as off-campus community partners to create and facilitate programs reflective of the needs of the campus. 

Recent programs include:

  • Free and confidential Birth Control Clinics 
  • LGBTQ Receptions
  • Weekly Yoga Classes 
  • Bystander Intervention
  • The Clothesline Project
  • John Jay's Drag Race 
  • I am UndocuQueer!
  • Women of Color Collective
  • Book Club: I am Malala
  • Workshops on Title IX and violence prevention
  • Classroom outreach visits
  • Participation in Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Women’s History Month, Gaypril,  Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Trans Awareness Week 


If you would like to create a program in partnership with the Women’s Center for Gender Justice, please contact us at

We even have a weekly yoga class!
We even have a weekly yoga class!