July/August 2020




This year our country celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed on July 26, 1990. As a school focused on exploring issues of justice, we recognize the many ways in which the ADA provides vital protections against discrimination and empowers people with disabilities, as the remarkable journey of alumna Kitty Lunn ’95 beautifully demonstrates. Read More





When the Covid-19 health crisis forced classrooms to go from in-person to online this past spring, students and faculty alike worked fast to transition to a distance-learning model—an environment that was new to many. Taking the lessons learned from Spring 2020 to heart, John Jay's Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) and Department of Online Education and Support (DOES) created the Effective Practices for Online Teaching Workshop, an innovative teaching workshop that enhances our faculty’s ability to effectively teach online and increase student success. Read More





As Covid-19 began spreading across the world, bats, who are known carriers of coronaviruses, began getting a bad reputation. But could these flying mammals and their ability to evade infection from these very viruses hold the key to treating Covid-19? That’s what Angelique Corthals, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Sciences, is hoping to learn through her work in two rapid-response projects funded by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (NSF, IOS). Read More





Alumna Enyu “Isabella” Li ’19 knows how tough it is to be a first-generation college student. “Within your family, there’s no one you can turn to when you have a question about college, pursuing a degree, or figuring out a career path,” says Li, who immigrated to the U.S. from China just five years ago. “Luckily I came to John Jay and my path to success became clearer.” Li credits her peers and mentors at the College and at the law firm Proskauer, with getting her closer to realizing her legal career goals. Read More





Incredible mothers routinely make sacrifices for their children’s happiness and success. They work long hours, forgo sleep, stretch out resources, and put their own dreams on hold for the sole benefit of their children. It’s in honor of his mother, Elisa Morín—and to honor all mothers of Latin American origin who make great sacrifices for their children—that Professor José Luis Morín, Chairperson of the Latin American and Latinx Studies Department, established the Elisa Morín Scholarship. Read More





Alumna Evalaurene Jean-Charles ’20 knows representation matters, especially for students of color. And, as Founder and CEO of Black on Black Education, she’s hoping to change how Black students experience learning, by reimagining and redefining what a quality education means for Black communities. “Black on Black Education is a commitment to Black students. And, who are the closest people to Black students? Educators,” says Jean-Charles, who is also starting a teaching position and graduate school this fall. Read More





The pandemic may have altered classroom settings for the Fall 2020 semester, but it hasn’t changed our resolve to uplift and welcome our newest students to the John Jay College community. During a four-week period over the course of the summer, a reimagined version of John Jay’s Early Start program helped ease the transition to the College for 140 incoming first-year students, familiarizing them with the College coursework and preparing them for a distance-learning model this fall. Read More





Students in John Jay’s Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Training Program are learning to become real changemakers in the public sector, working with individuals suffering from serious mental illness. Recently, their training earned the program recognition when it was named winner of the 2020 Excellence in Training Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division 18.  Read More





Simon BaatzPh.D., Professor of History, gave a Zoom talk in June on the Leopold-Loeb case —the subject of his book, For the Thrill of It —at the Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


The Liberal State and Criminal Sanction: Seeking Justice and Civility, a brand-new book by Jonathan Jacobs, Ph.D.Professor and Chair of Philosophy at John Jay, was published August 2020.


Nina Rose FischerPh.D., Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, authored The Case for Youth Police Initiative: Interdependent Fates and the Power of Peace. The book explores the impact of the Youth Police Initiative intervention program in Boston as well as Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York, through firsthand accounts from youth, law enforcement, and community members.


Professor of Latin American and Latinx Studies, Lisandro PérezPh.D., won the 2020 Herbert H. Lehman Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in New York History for his book, Sugar, Cigars, and Revolution: The Making of Cuban New York.



Class Notes

Melva M. Miller (B.S. ’96) has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of ABNY (Association for a Better New York). Part of the ABNY team since 2018, Miller helped lead the City’s 2020 Census effort.


Matthew Zommer, Ph.D. (M.A. ’00) was named chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. After graduating from John Jay, Zommer earned his Ph.D. at the City University of New York Graduate Center.



In Memoriam

Eli Faber, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of History, recently passed away after a long battle with cancer. During his time at John Jay, Faber served a number of semesters as Chairperson of the College’s Department of History. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends on their loss.


Peter V. Tytell (B.A. ’95), a world-renowned forensic document examiner and avid supporter of the John Jay College community, passed away earlier this month. Tytell’s knowledge of typewriters made him a highly-sought after expert when a document’s authenticity was brought into question. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.





Wednesday, September 2 

2:00-2:30 p.m. | Zoom

Career Chats: Software Engineering with Xavier Navas, DevOps Consultant Engineer with Amazon Web Services To learn more visit John Jay Careers Online or contact careers@jjay.cuny.edu


Thursday, September 3 

8:00-10:00 a.m. | Zoom

The CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College and the Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York invite everyone to the monthly NYC-DR Virtual Roundtable Breakfast. This discussion, facilitated by Matthew Lattimer, will highlight how race matters in the dispute resolution field. Speakers will include: Michael Bertty; Tajae Gaynor; Marvin Johnson; Lauren Jones; and James Williams.


Friday, September 4 

3:00-5:00 p.m. | Zoom

Friday Seminar Series at the Center on Terrorism at John Jay College 

Christina Nemr, Director of Park Advisors, will speak on, "What's disinformation got to do with it? Understanding the links between extremism and manipulated information." Nemr previously served as Countering Violent Extremism advisor with the Bureau of Counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State. Her talk will draw upon her recent report, Weapons of Mass Distraction: Foreign State-Sponsored Disinformation in the Digital Age.


Tuesday, September 8  

3:00-4:00 p.m. | Zoom

How Do I Build My Network Virtually?

In this workshop you’ll learn how to connect with people who can support you in advancing your career. Register in advance.


Thursday, September 10

1:45-2:45 p.m. | Zoom

Leveraging LinkedIn + Technology to Build Your Network 

This workshop will discuss how to build a LinkedIn profile, how to use LinkedIn to connect with professionals, how to search for positions and how to use other social media platforms to connect with companies.

To learn more visit John Jay Careers Online or contact careers@jjay.cuny.edu


Thursday, September 10 

1:45 p.m. | Zoom

9/11 Fallen Heroes Ceremony

John Jay College pays tribute to our 9/11 fallen heroes. The 19th anniversary commemoration ceremony will be available to watch on John Jay College’s YouTube page.


Monday, September 14 

5:00- 6:00 p.m. | Zoom

Learn about the tools you can use to successfully search for the job you want.


Wednesday, September 16 

2:00-3:00 p.m. | Zoom

Learn how to prepare the best possible representation of your qualifications for any job or internship. Learn proper formatting, strategies for sending your resume to an employer, and tips on making your resume stand out. Register in advance.


Tuesday, September 22

4:00-4:45 p.m. | Zoom 

This info session will be an overview of the academic internship program and help students think about the next steps regarding doing an internship. Register in advance.


Tuesday, September 22

6:00 p.m. | Zoom  

A Conversation with Jacqueline M. Ebanks, Executive Director of the New York City Commission on Gender Equity, Office of the Mayor. The event is cosponsored by the Office of External Affairs. Register in advance. For more information, contact John Jay’s Women in the Public Sector at wps@jjay.cuny.edu. 


Friday, September 25

3:00-5:00 p.m. | Zoom 

Friday Seminar Series at the Center on Terrorism at John Jay College 

The speaker for this seminar will be Kurt Braddock, Assistant Professor of Public Communication in the School of Communication at American University. His research focuses on the persuasive strategies used by violent extremist groups to recruit and radicalize audiences targeted by their propaganda. 


Wednesday, September 30 

2:00-3:00 p.m. | Zoom

This info session will be an overview of the academic internship program and help students think about the next steps regarding doing an internship. Register in advance.











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