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Advocating for Justice: John Jay’s Public Safety Initiatives

John Jay has long been committed to public safety, demonstrated through its education of fierce advocates for justice in law enforcement, the criminal legal system, political office, and social activism, as well as its support of leading-edge research that illuminates challenges and solutions. Here, we focus on some of our most recent public safety initiatives, which build on our legacy, reflect today’s demands, and propel us forward. 2020: The Future ...
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Remembering Our Heroes

Looking back on 9/11 two decades after the tragedy. By Andrea Dawn Clark Twenty years ago on September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 lives were cruelly taken away from their family, friends, and colleagues. They senselessly lost fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, and even young children at the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. As a New York City college focused on ...
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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 Del Valle In 2020, the United States of America faced a cultural and racial reckoning triggered by the high-profile murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor. As a Hispanic-Serving (HSI) and Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) dedicated to exploring issues of justice—including racial inequality, unconscious bias, and systemic racism—our students, faculty, and staff all felt a deep desire to see change both nationally ...
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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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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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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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President
Karol V. Mason

Chief Communication Officer
Kira Poplowski, Ph.D

Editorial Director
Andrea Dawn Clark

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Shirley Del Valle

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