December 3, 2020 FALL 2020

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 why the politics in our country as a whole, regardless of the presidential race, is just shifting. Because you’re seeing these movements spark up backing working-class, everyday citizens as the representatives.”

Ilona Duverge, John Jay Alumna and Co-Founder of the Movement School, a training program that teaches working class activists how to run grassroots political campaigns. MOTHER JONES

“THE ‘DOUBLE GAP’—a term I use to convey that Black women are subject to gender, as well as racial, wage gaps—has real, tangible consequences for the Black community in America. According to quantitative research I’ve conducted for the Roosevelt Institute, Black women in the U.S. were underpaid to the tune of about $50 billion in 2017—and this is an annually recurring loss to the Black community.”

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS MICHELLE HOLDER ON THE DOUBLE GAP IN PAY BETWEEN BLACK WOMEN AND WHITE MEN. MS. MAGAZINE

“EXPERIENCING THE SPECTRUM OF RACISM—from microaggressions to systemic oppression to hate violence—may negatively affect people whether someone is aware of it at all. If the person who committed the microaggression is in your life, it can always be worth bringing up. In the same way that a family member or friend may hurt you and it takes years to recover, the impact of a microaggression can be long-lasting too.”

PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY KEVIN NADAL’S TOOL KIT, THE GUIDE TO RESPONDING TO MICROAGGRESSIONS, IS FEATURED IN A STORY ON HOW TO RESPOND TO MICROAGGRESSIONS. THE NEW YORK TIMES

“THERE’S NOT A LOT OF INFORMATION of how long Covid survives on textiles, but lots of places on your textiles can contain metal or plastic. If you’ve touched a contaminated surface with your clothes, sitting in a subway, leaning against a pole, there’s a chance you might bring that back home. As a regular hygienic practice, changing out of clothing you’ve worn outside and taking off your shoes when you enter the home is generally a good idea.”

BIOMEDICAL RESEARCHER AND PROFESSOR OF PATHOLOGY ANGELIQUE CORTHALS, ON HOW TO DO LAUNDRY DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. THE NEW YORK TIMES

“ASSERTING A DOCTRINE OF ‘STATES RIGHTS,’ Southern Democratic senators consistently thwarted federal anti-lynching legislation over the decades. So although federal anti-lynching legislation enjoyed majority support in the House in the 1920s and ’30s, through the filibuster and other means, Southern Democrats were able to block federal anti-lynching legislation.”

PROFESSOR OF HISTORY MICHAEL J. PFEIFER ON WHY IT TOOK 200 YEARS FOR THE JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF LYNCHING ACT OF 2018 TO PASS, MAKING LYNCHING A FEDERAL CRIME. THE WASHINGTON POST

Photography: Gabriel Hernández Solano

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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

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

Class of 2019 Then & Now

This past May, the class of 2019 graduated from John Jay College. We checked in with a few of them to find out how they’re launching their careers

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