December 2019






For over 30 years the John Jay community has come together to make the holidays special for children and their families. And once again, on December 16, our gymnasium was filled with a joyous holiday spirit as children enjoyed face painting, games, gifts, snacks, exhibits, and music at the 38th Annual Jack Brennan Children’s Holiday Party. “This year we had over 500 people attend the event, and over 60 members of the John Jay community—students, staff, faculty, and alumni—volunteer to help out,” said Johnny Taveras, Web Manager and longtime organizer of the event. “We had people from every department volunteering. It really warms your heart seeing the children, and everyone in their families, smile. That’s what the holidays are all about.” Read More





Looking at Steven Cordero’s ’96 successful career in the legal field, you could easily assume that he aspired to be a lawyer his entire life. But growing up in the Bronx, New York, Cordero actually had big dreams of becoming a comic book artist. “I was really good at drawing and painting,” said Cordero, a proud Puerto Rican. “When I told my parents that I wanted to become a comic book artist, they told me that I had to be constructive with my talents because there was no way that I was going to make money as an artist. So I decided to become an architect.” Attending the New York Institute of Technology from September 1990 to May 1991, Cordero was looking forward to a career in architecture. But in early 1991, when his friend was murdered and cuts were made to his financial aid, Cordero’s dreams of being an architect came to a halt. Read More





Dark web fentanyl networks, gunshot detectors, and mass shootings will be the subjects of new, groundbreaking research, thanks to three grants totaling more than $1.2 million from the National Institute of Justice awarded to John Jay College of Criminal Justice professors Marie-Helen Maras, Jana Arsovska, Adam Scott Wandt, and Eric Piza as well as Ph.D. candidate Emily Greene-Colozzi ’16. Read More





Anthony Carpi, Ph.D., John Jay’s Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Dean of Research, recently earned the lifetime distinction of becoming an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, joining the ranks of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and researchers, such as Thomas Edison, Margaret Mead, and our very own Provost Yi Li. Carpi, a first-generation college student himself, was recognized for his distinguished contributions to the public understanding and teaching of science as a process, and the advancement of students from underrepresented groups in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) professions. We sat down with Carpi to learn more about his hopes for STEM students and science education. Read More





At a school unflinchingly focused on issues of justice, it should go without saying that our community staunchly believes in participating in the political system. “Democracy has never come easy, and none of us can afford to sit on the sidelines,” says Karol V. Mason, President of John Jay College. That’s why John Jay participated in the All In Campus Democracy Challenge to increase voter registration and turnout. The College’s continual efforts are showing positive results. On November 12 All In recognized the College with a Silver Campus Seal Achievement for increasing voter participation by 34 percent in the 2018 Midterm Election. John Jay is now focusing on educating the community about the importance of participating in the upcoming 2020 Census. Read More





Nina Rose Fischer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (ISP), has made it her life’s work to help youth from underserved and underrepresented communities meet their full potential. With more than 20-plus years of field work as a researcher, therapist, policy writer and developer she’s created real change across schools, juvenile detention facilities, and communities. And here at John Jay, where she’s continuing her family’s City University of New York (CUNY) legacy, as a professor and co-director of the John Jay-Vera Fellowship program, she’s mentored students to overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams. “I want every youth I meet to have confidence in their own voice and to know that they have the ability to create positive change in their communities and in their own life,” she says. Read More





With topics ranging from reproductive rights to the death penalty, foot binding to Latinx students in higher education, the 12th Annual First Year Student Showcase, held on December 11, highlighted the innovative research investigated by our freshman class. For the student presenters—many of whom came from APPLE Corps, ACE, ¡Adelante!, Early Start, ISP, LEAP, and SEEK—this showcase provided them with a first-time experience conducting research, presenting in front of a large group of people, and using their voice to be fierce advocates for justice. With 197 research groups, 10 disciplines represented, and 818 first-year students, this was the largest First Year Student Showcase the College has ever seen. Read More





Jevaughn Williams ’19, a Law and Society major and Accelerate, Complete, and Engage (ACE) alumnus, has always valued the importance of getting a good education. “For 11 years, I lived in Kingston, Jamaica in a primarily female household,” he said. “There were 12 of us in the house, and at times things could get rough. But one thing that my family always concentrated on was education. We knew that no matter what struggles we were facing, our education came first.” So when Williams came to Brooklyn, New York at just 11 years old, he understood that the pathway to success was paved by working hard in school and getting a good education. What Williams didn’t anticipate was the challenges he’d face adapting to American culture. Read More





Baz Dreisinger, Ph.D., Professor of English, Founder of the Prison-to-College Pipeline, and Executive Director of Incarceration Nations Network, has been appointed a Fulbright Specialist by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and World Learning.





John V. Caldararo (B.S. ’76) has retired from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey after serving nearly 35 years as a police officer.


Fausto Pichardo (B.A. ’99) has been named the Chief of Patrol for the New York City Police Department (NYPD).


Alden Foster (B.S. ’12) has been promoted to Director of the Youth Services and Community Engagement unit for the NYPD.


Beliard J. Domond (B.A. ’15) has been selected as a recipient of the Charles Houston Bar Association Scholarship.


Jevaughn Williams (B.A. ’19) has been hired as a Community Liaison by New York State Senator Roxanne J. Persaud.





November 20-January 17

Monday-Friday | 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. | Shiva Gallery


Citizen? presents a group of emerging and outspoken artists who examine how the sacred "inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" are apportioned in contemporary America. Presented by the Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery.


Thursday, January 9

8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. | Haaren Hall, Room 630

Dispute Resolution: Portraits of Reconciliation

Photographer Angela James will discuss the process of establishing trust and respect within the prison environment resulting in shared mutuality, collaboration, and meaningful photography.


Thursday, February 20 and Friday, February 21

8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

15th Annual John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America

Is America Ready for Prison Reform? Sponsored by the John Jay College Center on Media, Crime and Justice and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.


Thursday, February 20

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Honoring Alfredo Corchado, legendary reporter for the Dallas Morning News, who has done pioneering work on drug cartels and border justice. For more information:


Friday, February 28, 8:30 a.m.

The 30th Malcolm/King Awards Breakfast

The annual award ceremony celebrates and honors the mission set forth by Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., of peace, equality, and freedom and highlights the success of John Jay students.









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