May 21, 2024 SPRING 2022

Look Who’s Been on Campus!

From politicians and government officials, to musicians and activists,  John Jay saw many supporters, friends, and advocates for justice visit  our community this year. Tackling issues surrounding prison reform, the criminal justice system, and education, each one provided insight on how to make our society safer, fairer, and more just.

Jay-Z at the REFORM Alliance Launch


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez


(left to right) Vanita Gupta, Nicholas Turner and Amanda Alexander
(left to right) Vanita Gupta, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Human and Civil Rights; Nicholas Turner, President and Director, Vera Institute of Justice; and Amanda Alexander, Founding Executive Director, Detroit Justice Center at the Smart on Crime Innovations Conference


(left to right) Yi Li, Provost; Dara Byrne, John B. King Jr. and Karol V. Mason
(left to right) Yi Li, Provost; Dara Byrne, Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies; John B. King Jr., President and CEO of The Education Trust and former United States Secretary of Education; Karol V. Mason, John Jay President at the Academic Year Kickoff event.


Letitia James, Karol V. Mason and Corey Johnson
(left to right) Letitia James, New York State Attorney General; Karol V. Mason, John Jay President; and Corey Johnson, New York City Council Speaker


Karol V. Mason with Meek Mill
John Jay President Karol V. Mason sharing a moment with Meek Mill at the REFORM Alliance Launch

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