December 3, 2020 FALL 2020

Featured Stories

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 A NEW STRATEGY IS CHANGING the way Kingston, New York, addresses the harms of intimate-partner violence. “We had been putting the burden on the victim to remove themselves from an abusive relationship,” says Elizabeth Culmone-Mills, Senior Assistant District Attorney for the Special Victims Bureau in the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office, ...
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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 WHEN COVID-19 FIRST HIT THE UNITED STATES, New York City became the epicenter of a global health crisis. As a New York City-based institution that educates students committed to public service, our community—alumni, students, faculty, and staff—faced the risks and challenges of keeping ...
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girl sitting by computer learning

Educating Through the Crisis

How John Jay students, faculty, and staff successfully transitioned to a distance-learning model. By Mary Anderson THIS IS NOT A DRILL. You have four working days from this overcast Wednesday in mid-March to convert thousands of students and faculty members to an online learning model which is being architected in real time as you mobilize heads of departments across academic disciplines, IT, and myriad support services. And by the way, ...
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Students at The National Memorial for Peace and Justice

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 THIS PAST JANUARY, students from our Honors Program traveled down to Selma and Montgomery, Alabama, the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement, to walk in the footsteps of America’s Civil Rights icons. Their goal was clear: immerse themselves in the history of the ...
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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 WHEN FRESHMAN Johanna Molina walked into her LEAP advisor Cortanay Parker’s office one February afternoon, it wasn’t academic help she was looking for. She had a good handle on which courses she should take as she pursued her Criminal Justice major—the same subject Parker had majored ...
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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 ON THE MORNING OF AUGUST 3, 2019, one of the safest cities in the country, El Paso, Texas, became the setting for a deadly mass shooting that specifically targeted the city’s Latinx population ...
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John Jay Swimming pool

Dive In

John Jay’s new pool will open up swimming opportunities for underrepresented populations. By Andrea Dawn Clark For many people, the upcoming opening of John Jay’s new pool is cause for celebration—as it should be. But, for a number of students of color, and grown-up “city kids” who never learned how to swim, diving into the deep end sounds incredibly daunting. At the heart of this swimming disparity lies a justice ...
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Camera Ready

Understanding the Impact of Law Enforcement Wearing Body Cameras. By Sam Anderson Unpacking the goals, practices, and outcomes of police officers using body worn cameras (BWCs) is a complicated issue. Currently, there’s limited—yet ongoing—research focusing on the impact these videos have on law enforcement and the communities they serve. But, by looking at the current research, acknowledging the historical context, delving into the real-life experiences of officers wearing BWCs, and ...
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Illustration by Sandy Bandes of a man pulling a woman, wearing cap and gown, up a hill

On the Edge of Glory

The new Completion for Upper-division Students Program (CUSP) supports seniors with 90-plus credits, removing any obstacles blocking their pathway to success. By Mary Anderson She didn’t know it as she stood in line at Starbucks in the summer of 2018, but Rosemarie Siri was about to get meaningful help to graduate. A then-senior, with 90-plus credits, Siri had managed to register for fall courses but was pondering how she was ...
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Food pantry at John Jay College

Food For Thought

Tackling the growing food-insecurity problem, making sure that John Jay students are nourished both mentally and physically. By Andrea Dawn Clark When Anthony, a John Jay undergraduate student, walked into the Wellness Center he had one goal in mind: apply to the MetroCard program. His Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) benefits were cut off, and he was struggling to make ends meet. He wrote down on the form, “At this ...
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Karol V. Mason

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Laura Ginns

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Rama Sudhakar

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Andrea Dawn Clark

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Shirley Del Valle

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Michael Friedrich

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Arpi Pap
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Victoria Stewart-Meyers