December 3, 2020 FALL 2020

In the Media

“THE NYPD HAS DONE SOME GREAT WORK here in the current years to implement community policing. One incident like this can undo that work.
—Professor Henry Smart III on NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill’s decision to fire Officer Daniel Pantaleo on CBSN New York.

“FALSE CONFESSIONS DON’T JUST HAPPEN to certain types of people. It can happen to anybody. I’m convinced that the presence of a video camera will make fact finders more accurate. The idea that I’d know a false confession if I saw one? No. Not if you’re only watching the confession. But you stand a better chance if you’re watching the whole process before that confession is taken.”
—Saul Kassin, Professor of Psychology, and one of the country’s  leading experts on false confessions speaking to Lester Holt on  NBC Nightly News.

“This desire to understand the experiences of people I had prosecuted, led me to create a college class that would allow prosecutors to study alongside incarcerated students. Now in its third year, this class is being replicated in other jurisdictions, and is significantly changing the relationship between prosecutors and the communities we are sworn to serve.”
—Lucy Lang, Executive Director of the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution, discussing prosecutors and prison reform in the Atlantic.

“Anti-Latinx violence has increased about 24 percent during Trump’s presidency. So yes, he is fueling that rhetoric, but there has been a history of hate against the Latinx community in the U.S. for more than a hundred years.”
—Isabel Martinez, Associate Professor of Latin American and Latinx Studies commenting on the rise of anti-Latinx sentiment in the U.S. on NY1 Noticias.

“We’re seeing unprecedented persistence and graduation rates at John Jay. We’re doubling the national average in the four-year public space, and we think we’re really on to something.”
—Donna Linderman, CUNY’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, commenting on the success of John Jay’s ACE program in Inside Higher Education.

Contents

President’s Letter

“We’re living through challenging times.” I’ve found myself writing, saying, and contemplating those five words countless times this year.

Campus News

CUSP Takes Center Stage at 2020 Davos World Economic Forum

In the Media

“YOU’RE SEEING MORE PEOPLE OF COLOR, more working class folks starting to find their voice a little bit more. That’s...

Breaking the Cycle of Intımate-Partner Violence

In Kingston, New York, NNSC’s new approach has significantly reduced the deadliest forms of intimate-partner violence. By Michael Friedrich

Measuring the Impact of Reform

The Data Collaborative for Justice evaluates the success of New York City’s Criminal Justice Reform Act.

On the Front Line

Despite the hardships and health risks, John Jay students, alumni, faculty, and staff continue to keep our communities safe throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. By Andrea Dawn Clark

Educating Through the Crisis

How John Jay students, faculty, and staff successfully transitioned to a distance-learning model. by Mary Anderson

Charting New Territory

Olivia Orta, Ph.D. ’07 blazed a path for John Jay alumni, being the first John Jay grad to earn her doctoral degree from Harvard. By Andrea Dawn Clark

Responding to the Call

Alumna Shawyn Patterson-Howard ’05 makes history as the first female Mayor of Mount Vernon, New York. By Andrea Dawn Clark

A Voice for Victims

Political Science Associate Professor Verónica Michel Explores Victims’ Rights in Latin America. By Shirley Del Valle

Donor Profile: Living with Integrity

Nasser J. Kazeminy, Chairman of the Ellis Island Honors Society, shares how he’s faced every challenge in his life with curiosity, compassion, and integrity. By Andrea Dawn Clark

Flashback -1984

Reverend Jesse Jackson, a potential democratic nominee for president of the United States spoke at John Jay one evening in...

Understanding the Legacy

John Jay students, faculty, and staff visit the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement and contemplate the unsettling history of race in America. By Andrea Dawn Clark

LEAP Forward

The newest student-success initiative that supports second-semester freshmen, through their sophomore year, with intensive academic advisement, experiential learning, and career-focused internships. By Mary Anderson

In Solidarity with El Paso

Through its ties with the University of Texas at El Paso and the El Paso Project, John Jay’s Latin American and Latinx Studies Department seeks to educate, encourage, and empower our Latinx community. By Shirley Del Valle

President
Karol V. Mason

Vice President for Public Affairs
and Strategic Initiatives

Laura Ginns

Chief Communications Officer
Rama Sudhakar

Senior Editor/Writer
Editorial Director

Andrea Dawn Clark

Writer/Editor
Shirley Del Valle

Contributing Writers
Mary Anderson
Michael Friedrich

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Laura DeVries

Designer
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Copy Editor
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