January 28, 2022 FALL 2021

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

Remembering Our Heroes

Looking back on 9/11 two decades after the tragedy. By Andrea Dawn Clark

Campus News

John Jay by the Numbers Amid a global pandemic, John Jay College’s unwavering commitment to its student success, support for...

Getting to Know Brian Kerr, Ed.D., Our New VP of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Brian Kerr, Ed.D., uprooted himself from a job he had for almost 17 years to join the John Jay College community. By Andrea Dawn Clark

Developing Culturally Responsive, Inclusive, & Anti-Racist Curriculum

Reimagining our curriculum and classrooms so that all students feel seen, heard, and welcomed. By Andrea Dawn Clark and Shirley...

Elevating Latin Music

Professor Benjamin Lapidus, Ph.D., highlights the remarkable role diversity and New York City played in creating a new Latin music sound. By Shirley Del Valle

Reaching His Research Dreams

Alumnus Eugene Gonzalez-Lopez ’12, ’14 makes the journey from homelessness to doctorate degree. By Andrea Dawn Clark

Improving Mental Health Behind Bars

Virginia Barber-Rioja’s, Ph.D.,’02, ’09 passion for psychology and law helps system-impacted individuals with mental health challenges. By Shirley Del Valle

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

President
Karol V. Mason

Editorial Director/Lead Writer
Andrea Dawn Clark

Writer/Editor
Shirley Del Valle

Senior Designer/Art Director
Laura DeVries

Web Producer
Anh Phan