December 3, 2020 FALL 2020

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
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
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

Senior Designer/Art Director
Laura DeVries

Designer
Stephanie Birdsong

Copy Editor
Carey Ostergard

Photography
Arpi Pap
Andrea Dawn Clark
Gabriel Hernández Solano

Illustration
Victoria Stewart-Meyers