January 28, 2022 FALL 2021

Class of 2019 Then & Now

This past May, the class of 2019 graduated from John Jay College at Louis Armstrong Stadium for the 54th Annual Commencement Ceremonies. We checked in with a few of them to find out how they’re launching their careers, getting ready for graduate school, and fulfilling their dreams.

Hannah Chu

Hannah Chu

“After graduation, I spent two weeks traveling in Australia and New Zealand before starting my doctorate program. Now, I’m at the University of California-Riverside starting my Ph.D.”

Shane Worrell-Louis

“As part of the NYPD leadership program, I am currently attending graduate school at John Jay. When I graduate I would like to become a professor to give back to my community in the same way that they have given to me.”

Jill Frometa

Jill Frometa

“I’m currently an Adjunct Professor in the Law and Police Science department here at John Jay. I am also a Junior Research Scientist at NYU and the Study Coordinator of the CDC-funded project called Opioids and Police Safety.”

Eduardo Garcia

Eduardo Garcia

“Since graduating, I’ve been working as an Assistant Research Coordinator at Maimonides Medical Center. I’ve been tasked with building and implementing a participatory action research study to better understand immigrant community health. And in the fall, I will present my M.P.A. thesis at the Northeast Conference on Public Administration.”

Yasmin Damblu

Yasmin Damblu

“I’m now at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College working on getting my M.S.W. My goal is to help the next generation get a handle on life, give them the tools they need to succeed, and provide them with guidance every step of the way.”

Quardear Harris

Quardear Harris

“I’m working for CAMBA Learning to Work Program as a Job Developer/Internship Placement Specialist at a New York City Department of Education transfer school. I provide students with paid internship opportunities and develop partnerships between students and employers. In the future, I’m looking forward to attending graduate school, obtaining my master’s degree, and becoming either a probation or parole officer.”

Deandra Simon

Deandra Simon

“Since graduation, I interned at the Administration of Children Services under the Finance/Legal Division. With the help of my mentors, I landed a fall internship with Atlantic Records, where I’ll be working while getting my master’s degree in Media Studies from Brooklyn College.”

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

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