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LGBTQ+ Resource Center Events 

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LGBTQ+ Support Group

This is a safe and confidential group for John Jay College LGBTQ+ identified students. Come and talk about different ways to navigate the coming out process, relationships, intersectionality and rejection/discrimination experiences.

Support Group Counselors

Dr. Lisa Braun (she/her/hers)
LGBTQ+ Counselor, Wellness Center

Lisa Braun is a clinical psychologist who began working at John Jay College Wellness Center in November 2021. A Long Island native, she earned her bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University, a master's degree from City College as well as a Master's and Doctor of Psychology from The Graduate Center at The City University of New York. She will provide counseling for the LGBTQ+ community, and host events in conjunction with the LGBTQ+ Resource Center where students are encouraged to embrace their individuality and explore their expression of gender and sexual orientation.

Fun Fact: Lisa lives in Manhattan with her partner and many plants which she passionately cultivates and nurtures. 

Emily Kastner (she/her/hers)
Counselor, Wellness Center 

Emily Kastner is a licensed social worker and a counselor at the Wellness Center. Emily is a New York native and currently resides in Brooklyn. Emily earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Gender Studies from Stony Brook University, and her Master's of Social Work at Fordham Graduate School of Social Services. Prior to coming to John Jay, Emily has had numerous counseling positions, including at NYCWell, Baruch College Counseling Center, and the New York City Employee Assistance Program. In addition to her professional work with the LGBTQ+ community doing HIV/AIDS peer education, support groups, and Pride events, she has also hosted LGTBQ+ events in nerdy fan run meet ups and conventions.

Fun Fact: Emily is certified in Super Hero Therapy and often uses pop culture references in her work with adults of all ages!

JJAY LGBTQ+ Student Clubs

Spectra is an LGBTQ+ and allies student organization (club) that provides and enhances the John Jay College LGBTQ+ and ally community through social advocacy, education, and fun. Click here to learn more. 

Follow: Instagram @jjcspectra Twitter @JJC_lgbtqa TikTok @jjcspectra

Leadership Opportunities

CUNY LGBTQI Student Leadership Program
John Jay Q’onnections Mentorship Program 

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