May 16, 2022 SPRING 2022

President’s Letter

Focusing on Criminal Justice

As an institution with a proud history of educating law enforcement officers and creating an environment in which all have the opportunity to flourish, we are excited about this issue of Justice Matters, which engages our mission to educate fierce advocates for justice by focusing on one of our core strengths–criminal justice. We spoke with members of our community who have dedicated their lives to keeping our communities safe or innovating to improve our criminal legal system.

On January 25, Mrs. Amalia Mora lost her beloved son, the New York Police Department (NYPD) lost a valued colleague, and John Jay College mourned the death of an accomplished alumnus. We sat down with Mrs. Mora to learn more about her son, Detective Wilbert Mora ’18, and we also reached out to folks across the campus to see the special ways they’re honoring his memory.

It’s impossible not to see similarities between Detective Mora and many of our students featured in this issue. Yanvier Morel ’23, like Detective Mora, is a Dominican immigrant, the first in his family to go to college, at the start of his NYPD career, and determined to build a bridge between communities and law enforcement. Through students like him, we extend and strengthen Detective Mora’s legacy.

We dedicate ourselves to justice, in part, through our public safety initiatives. In 2020, we collaborated with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) to map a vision for public safety, and we’ve since expanded this commitment. I was honored to serve on the Public Safety Transition Committee formed by Mayor Eric Adams ’98, along with some of the city’s leading authorities on crime prevention, community advocacy, and philanthropy. This included Erica M. Bond, who recently joined John Jay to spearhead our social justice initiatives. Here we discuss some of these efforts with her, such as convening a high-profile conversation on bail reform.

The late Nelson Mandela once said, “Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment.” We will continue to advocate for justice so that our neighborhoods are safer, our criminal legal system fairer, and our future even brighter.

Thank you,

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Karol V. Mason
@JohnJayPres

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...

President
Karol V. Mason

Chief Communication Officer
Kira Poplowski, Ph.D

Editorial Director
Andrea Dawn Clark

Writer/Editor
Shirley Del Valle

Art Director
Laura DeVries

Web Producer
Anh Phan