January/February 2020




Alumna Shateeya Roberts ’19, who grew up in Nyack, New York, is paving the way for other women and people of color in the world of computer science and cybersecurity. As a winner of the New York University Cyber Fellows Scholarship, she joins the illustrious Cybersecurity master’s degree program at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. The program, designated as an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations and Cyber Defense Research, is ranked among the best online graduate computer information technology programs in the world. Read More





John Jay College, working with DataKind, a partner of the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth and the Rockefeller Foundation, took an innovative approach to improving student graduation rates through the use of data and analytics. In January, the organizations unveiled data.org, a new platform for building the "field of data science for social impact," at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and it featured the John Jay graduation success story on video for this high profile audience. Read More





As scholars immersed in a justice-focused education, our Honors students on the Alabama Civil Rights Trip learned about the history of race in America by looking through the lens of the African-American experience. They retraced the steps of current Congressman John Lewis and the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when they walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. They confronted our country’s painful civil rights past at The National Voting Rights MuseumThe Civil Rights Memorial, and The Southern Poverty Law Center. And, they faced the legacy of racial terror in our country at the Equal Justice Initiative/The National Memorial for Peace and Justice/The Legacy Museum. At the end of every day, they shared their reflections, unpacked their thoughts, and articulated their feelings about what they saw and learned. Read More





There’s no question that the fashion industry causes great harm to the environment. The industry’s faddish nature, combined with the overproduction of low-cost, low-quality pieces, is designed to encourage overconsumption. According to Monique Sosnowski and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Gohar Petrossian, Ph.D., pollution is not the fashion industry’s only crime. In “Luxury Fashion Wildlife Contraband in the USA” they investigated what species were being utilized for the fashion industry—which is worth over $100 billion globally—in order to better understand the damage the industry causes to wildlife and wild places. Read More





John Jay College and the United States Coast Guard share a very special connection. John Jay is one of only two Executive Partner Colleges with the United States Coast Guard in the Northeast. Through this partnership, our students are eligible to apply for the Coast Guard College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative Scholarship (CSPI). On February 10, United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral Andrew J. Tiongson and John Jay President Karol V. Mason signed a ceremonial Memorandum of Agreement between John Jay College and the United States Coast Guard. Read More





It was standing room only when Chuck Rosenberg—former Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and former Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)—visited John Jay on February 18. John Jay President Karol V. Mason thanked and welcomed her former colleague, who worked in both the Obama and Bush administrations. Read More





In celebration of Black History Month, our entire community is recognizing the incredible achievements and contributions African-Americans have made to this country. Aiming for a future that fully embodies the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we’re also applauding the work our students, faculty, staff, and alumni are doing to continue this proud legacy. The College hosted a series of events during the month of February exploring the African-American experience, its history, and its impact on culture. The month-long celebration culminates with the 30th Malcolm/King Awards Breakfast on February 28, which honors the legacy of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and recognizes the intellect and determination of our student award winners. Read More





Students from the Accelerate, Complete, Engage (ACE) program recently completed fulfilling internships with the United States Marshals, gaining valuable hands-on experience in an environment that aligns their John Jay education with their law enforcement career goals. The service has the distinction of being the first federal law enforcement agency in the U.S., serving the country since 1789. It also has a long and rich history with John Jay College, says Premwati Sukhan, Associate Director of John Jay’s Center for Career and Professional Development. Read More





Carol Kashow, who served as Director of Athletics, Recreation, and Intramurals since March 2013, has retired after 40 years of service to student-athletes. “To see the transformation of the Athletics program from when Carol began in 2013 to where it is today, is absolutely remarkable and a testament to Carol’s hard work, leadership, and dedication to John Jay,” said Brandon Fieland, Associate Athletics Director for Media Relations.


Mark Francis, Manager of John Jay’s SEEK Academic Support, will serve as Interim Director of Athletics, Recreation, and Intramurals.


Alisse Waterston, Ph.D., Interim Chair, Presidential Scholar, and Professor of Anthropology, has been named a Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala University in Sweden. She will act as non-resident, long-term fellow for programs in Transnational Processes, Structural Violence, and Inequality at the Collegium.  


Professor of Public Management Dan Feldman was featured as the alumni speaker at the New York City Urban Fellows Program 50th Anniversary event held in Carnegie Hall.


Professor Jonathan Jacobs served on a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Peer Review Committee, where he read and evaluated applications for the 2020-2021 competition.

Associate Professor of Psychology, Peggilee Wupperman’s, Ph.D., book Treating Impulsive, Addictive, and Self-Destructive Behaviors: Mindfulness and Modification Therapy was recently named a Book of the Year Award winner, as one of the two most valuable mental-health books for 2019, by the American Journal of Nursing.


Professor Kimora, Ph.D., Director and Founder of the Correctional Education Academy, delivered a speech at Hunter College’s Department of Biological Sciences Spring 2020 Inga Richter Seminar Series.





Aneesa A. Baboolal (B.A. ’10) has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Crime and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.


Edwin Novillo (B.S. ’99) has been appointed a judge in the Criminal Court of the City of New York.


Jason Love (B.S. ’94) has been promoted to Deputy Chief of Detectives at the Bergen County Prosecutors Office, in New Jersey.


Yvette Aguiar (B.S. ’86, M.P.A. ’93) has become the first Latina elected to Town Supervisor in Riverhead, Long Island, New York.


Ed Steele (M.P.A. ’91) has retired from the New York City Police Department. He was a 9/11 first responder who worked at the World Trade Center.


Peter Dodenhoff (B.A. ’73) sailed from New York City to Florida via the Intracoastal Waterway, meeting fellow John Jay alumni along the way.





Thursday, March 5

5:00-7:00 p.m. | NB, 2nd Fl, Dining Room

The 2020 Abby Stein Memorial Lecture

Chad Infante, Ph.D., a Vera Fellow (2010-2011) and John Jay alumnus (CUNY B.A. ’11), will deliver a lecture on “Murderous Sentiments: Anti-colonial Revenge and the Interrogation of White Justice.”


Thursday, March 5

6:00 p.m. | NB, Moot Court

Keynote speaker will be Cerelyn "C.J." Davis, Chief of Police, Durham, North Carolina”


Thursday, March 5

6:00-8:00 p.m. | NB, L.63.

AI, Governance and Risks to Community

The reach and resonance of the manifestations of artificial intelligence call for a multidisciplinary approach. RSVP: msmith@jjay.cuny.edu


Friday, March 6

9:45 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Law Day at John Jay is a free, interactive, engaging and intensive day of informational workshops and mentoring opportunities for John Jay pre-law students and alumni. All John Jay students and alumni are invited to attend.

For more information: pli@jjay.cuny.edu


Monday, March 9

6:00-8:00 p.m. | NB, Moot Court

Women District Attorneys in New York City

In celebration of Women’s History Month, John Jay College, the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution (IIP), John Jay’s Women in the Public Sector, and the John Jay Pre-Law Institute (PLI) present Women District Attorneys in New York City, hosted by Lucy Lang, Director of IIP, and Charles Davidson, Ph.D., Director of PLI. Speakers include Darcel Clark, Bronx DA, Melinda Katz, Queens DA; and the Honorable Elizabeth Holtzman, Former Brooklyn DA.


Wednesday, March 11

6:30 p.m. | NB, Faculty & Staff Dining Room

A Conversation with Jaqueline M. Ebanks

Women in the Public Sector and the Office of External Affairs present a conversation with Jaqueline M. Ebanks, Executive Director of the New York City Commission on Gender Equity.


Thursday, March 12

12:00-4:00 p.m. | Haaren Hall, Gymnasium

Career & Internship Fair

Meet over 100 employers looking to recruit John Jay students and alumni.


Thursday, March 12

6:00-8:00 p.m. | NB, 9.64

In honor of Women’s History Month, John Jay will host Sí Se Puede: Pathways for Aspiring Latinx Lawyers. During the panel discussion John Jay Alumnae will provide insights into law school admissions and opportunities to give back to the community.


Thursday, March 19

4:30-5:45 p.m. | NB, Moot Court

OAR Book Talk: Verónica Michel

Verónica Michel, Assistant Professor of Political Science, will discuss her book Prosecutorial Accountability and Victims' Rights in Latin America.


Friday, March 20

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. | Gerald W. Lynch Theater

Join members of the CUNY community for a day of idea-sharing and discussion to rediscover a future worth searching for. 


Friday, March 27

8:15 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Women in Law Enforcement Symposium

Sponsored by John Jay's Department of Public Safety and the FBI, New York Office


Monday, March 30

1:30 p.m. | NB, 9.64

Women History Month: Septima Poinsette Clark

Sponsored by Africana Studies


Monday, March 30

4:30-5:45 p.m. | NB, Moot Court

OAR Book Talk: Harriet Washington

Award-winning science writer Harriet A. Washington will visit John Jay to speak on her new book A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind.


Tuesday, March 31

3:45-4:45 p.m. | NB, 05.67

Forensic Science Graduate Lecture Series–Susan Xenarios

Learn about global efforts to combat crime and how forensic science is applied in international collaborations or assistance programs. Xenarios is the Founder/Former Director of the Crime Victims Treatment Center in New York City 










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The Carol Kashow Leadership Award for Coaches

Our Goal: We aim to raise $25,000 by May 2020 to establish the Carol Kashow Leadership Award. Your generous contribution, in honor of Carol, will help establish a public symbol of appreciation for John Jay Coaches and celebrate Carol’s tremendous contribution to athletics at John Jay College.













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