October 2020





It’s election season, and as a College focused on issues of justice, this election means a great deal to us all. Many members of our community have already cast their vote by absentee ballot or through early voting; and with Election Day only days away, it’s crucial that all registered voters exercise their right to vote. Read More





Alumnus Kavon B. Lee ’20 has built an impressive public service resume over the last few years. He’s interned for John Jay alumnus and former New York State Assemblyman Marcos A. Crespo ’03. He was External Affairs Liaison at the New York State Assembly. He worked at the Bronx Board of Elections. Now, Lee’s taking on the role of Diversity Initiative Fellow at the Office of the New York City Comptroller, Scott Stringer ’86. Read More





When Lorraine Gonzalez ’23, a Forensic Toxicology major from Newark, New Jersey, learned she had been named a winner of the Beshar Scholars Military Service Award, her thoughts immediately went to her father, a U.S. military veteran. “The award changes both my life and my dad’s life in the most positive way,” says Gonzalez, a Private First Class (PFC) 42A Human Resource Specialist in the U.S. Army Reserves. Read More





When the Covid-19 health crisis hit New York City in March, Malaine Clarke, Director of John Jay’s Food PantryHealth Services, and the Student Emergency Fund program, found herself wondering what would happen to the students she helped every day. “When we went virtual, the first thing that popped into my mind was, how are my students going to get the food they need,” says Clarke, who began the food pantry four years ago. “Right then and there I realized, I needed to find a way to get the food to them.” Read More





Michelle Holder, Ph.D., economist and Assistant Professor of Economics at John Jay, is shedding light on the racial and gender pay disparities Black women face in the United States. In her research report, The Double Gap and the Bottom Line: African American Women’s Wage Gap and Corporate Profits, supported by the Roosevelt Institute and John Jay College, Holder examined how Black women are under-compensated because of at least two types of discrimination in wages—racial and gender. Read More





As a proud Latina, Michelle Cevallos ’24, a Criminal Justice major from Brooklyn, New York, knows the importance of voting this Election Day. That’s why she created a voting plan to ensure she can cast her vote. “This is my first time voting, so I’m really excited to go out to the polling site and vote,” says Cevallos. “I’m going to wear a mask, remain socially distanced, and take all the protective and safety precautions I can to make sure I can cast my ballot.” Read More





As a community committed to issues of justice, its imperative that we continue to foster an inclusive and supportive environment for all of our students. That's why we're excited to announce the launch of Q’onnections, a new peer mentorship program created by the College’s LGBTQ+ Allies Club. Read More





In the Zora and Me book series, John Jay lecturer Victoria Bond and coauthor T.R. Simon, are bringing literary giant Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood to light, reimagining her as a kid detective in her hometown of Eatonville, Florida. “Like the literary icon Zora Neale Hurston, our Zora is a storyteller determined to figure things out,” says Bond. Read More





As part of New York City’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, George W. Contreras, Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Security, Fire and Emergency Management at John Jay, was honored by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for his continued efforts as a professor and on the front lines as a paramedic, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. His commitment and dedication to service is an example to our aspiring students in public health, disaster medicine, and emergency management.


Professor Baz Dreisinger, Ph.D. will make a virtual presentation, “Understanding Justice Systems and Moving to a World Without Prisons,” for the American University Library’s Exploring Social Justice Series on November 5, 2020. Dreisinger is Founding Academic Director of John Jay's Prison-to-College Pipeline program and Executive Director of the Incarceration Nations Network.


Class Notes

Rabyaah Althaibani (B.A. ’06) is the founder of Arab Women’s Voicethe first 100 percent women and minority-owned political consulting firm based in New York City. As a human rights activist, she also co-founded the Yemeni American Coalition for Change to support grassroots movements in the Middle East during the Arab Spring.


Joanne Bagshaw, Ph.D., (M.A. ’98) psychotherapist and Professor of Psychology at Montgomery County College in Maryland, has a new book out called The Feminist Handbook.


Craig D. Fair (M.A. ’96) has been named Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) San Francisco Field Office. Fair joined the FBI in 1998, working in counterintelligence matters.


Robert Vivo (B.S. ’88) has been named Senior Vice President and Director of Retail Sales/Service for Spencer Savings Bank. Vivo is a seasoned senior executive with decades of experience in leading, coaching, and mentoring teams toward achieving success.


In Memoriam

We are deeply saddened to announce the tragic passing of student Kimani Foster, a sophomore majoring in Criminal Justice. She recently transferred to John Jay from the College of Staten Island. We offer our heartfelt condolences and support to her family and friends.


Alumnus John Joseph Hartigan, who received a degree from John Jay while working with the New York City Police Department, passed away peacefully in his home last month. He was 86 years old. Hartigan worked his way up the ranks within the NYPD during his 36 years with the force, achieving the rank of Deputy Chief, and being among the high-ranking officers in the Narcotics Joint Task Force. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.





Monday, November 2 

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Zoom

Get hands-on training on how to make your job search more effective. Learn about effective communication strategies, how to identify the position that’s right for you, and how to stay organized throughout the entire process. Register in advance.


Wednesday, November 4 

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Zoom

The workshop will provide an overview of the academic internship program and help students think about doing an internship. Register in advance.


Wednesday, November 4 

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Alshane McDonald, Security Operations Analyst at ScholarChip, will network and speak with students, teaching them the techniques needed to succeed in the field.


Thursday, November 5

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. | Zoom

The CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College and the Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York invite you to this month’s NYC-DR Virtual Roundtable Breakfast: “Compassionate Conversation: The Neurology of Sameness and Difference.” Special guest speakers will be Diane Musho Hamilton, Kimberly Loh, and Gabriel Menegale Wilson, co-authors of Compassionate Conversations: How to Speak and Listen from the Heart. To RSVP, email mvolpe@jjay.cuny.edu


Thursday, November 5

1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. | Zoom 

Discuss work opportunities and get advice on working for the U.S. government directly from a representative at the U.S. Department of Labor. Learn how to review and apply for federal job opportunities. For more information contact: careers@jjay.cuny.edu


Tuesday, November 10

3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. | Zoom

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


Thursday, November 12 

12:00 noon | Zoom

Procedural Justice Training Demonstration 

The Institute for Innovation in Prosecution and the Center for Court Innovation would like to invite you to a demonstration of its newly launched Procedural Justice Curriculum. Led by Chloe Aquart Esq., Director of Community Technical Assistance for the Center for Court Innovation. Register in advance.


Thursday, November 12

12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.

John Jay students and alumni who are thinking about applying to graduate school and/or law school are invited to attend the John Jay Virtual Graduate and Professional School Fair. Representatives from over 80 schools will be available to speak about their programs, admissions process, and answer questions.

RSVP in advance. For more information, please email: pli@jjay.cuny.edu











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