January 28, 2022 FALL 2021

Campus News

John Jay by the Numbers
Amid a global pandemic, John Jay College’s unwavering commitment to its student success, support for faculty, and advancement of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion, could not be hindered. During the 2020-2021 academic year the College saw its cohort and student support programs, which provide students with financial support, targeted learning experiences, and intrusive and consistent academic and career advising, continue to lead to higher retention rates and academic achievements for students. And, despite the move to a remote online work environment, faculty continued to produce important research and received an increased level of support to match their efforts with awards for research and travel funding going up and total grants awarded nearing close to $30 million. The racial reckoning during the pandemic also inspired faculty at the College to engage with the John Jay College community, especially students, to create a culturally responsive, inclusive, and anti-racist curriculum that will be implemented across every department at the College in the coming years.

2021 Annual Day of Giving Campaign Surpasses Goal
The John Jay College community came together to show its Bloodhound spirit and unending support for our remarkable students. During this year’s Annual Day of Giving campaign, the community helped raise $288,220 for the College’s Student Emergency Fund, surpassing the initial goal of $200,000. Donations made throughout the campaign will go to support our most vulnerable students—many of whom are dealing with financial difficulties and facing food insecurity, hunger, homelessness, possible eviction, and seeing their utilities cut off. By supporting the Annual Day of Giving effort and contributing the Student Emergency Fund donors uplift our students, making it possible for them to remain in college, earn their degree, and reach their academic, professional, and life goals. This year, reaching the College’s fundraising goal was driven by nearly 400 generous, caring, and committed donors, including The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation which generously matched every $1 donated with $1 up to $100,000, helping to double the College’s efforts.

John Jay, the racehorse
John Jay, the racehorse

Racehorse Named John Jay to Help Raise Funds for College’s Food Pantry
Down at the Dutch Racing Stable in New Jersey, a two-year-old colt (a young male horse) named John Jay is training to one day become a champion racehorse. The colt’s connection to the College extends far beyond his name. He happens to be owned by John Jay College professor and alumnus Anthony Gentile ’78 ’01, who will donate a significant portion of the colt’s race earnings to the College’s Food Pantry. Long a supporter of the Food Pantry, Gentile is adamant about ensuring no student at John Jay goes without a meal or nourishment. “In the past, I’ve donated to the Food Pantry at John Jay and continue to do so, but I wanted to come up with a unique way to provide additional funds to this wonderful cause,” says Gentile. “We have students in need, not just here at the College, but throughout the city and across the country; and you saw those numbers go up during the pandemic. I truly believe that no student at any age or any grade level, whether they’re in kindergarten or a college senior, should go hungry. My hope is that John Jay’s participation in races will help shine a light on food insecurity and encourage others to donate to their local food pantries. We can help feed students and their families and ensure students are at their best in the classroom.”

Contents

Remembering Our Heroes

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

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

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

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