March 2019






John Jay College's Office for the Advancement of Research has announced the 2019 Faculty Research and Scholarship Award Winners. The 2019 Scholarly Excellence Award Winners are

Amy Adamczyk, Professor of Sociology; Sarah McDougall, Associate Professor of History; Edward Paulino, Associate Professor of Global History;

Erin Thompson, Associate Professor of Art Crime; Kevin Wolff, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. Wolff has also been named the 2019 Donal EJ MacNamara Junior Faculty Awardee.


David Brotherton was awarded a $42,000 grant by The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation to continue his ethnographic study of Ecuador's three largest street gangs and how legalizing the gangs, rather than punitive measures, can reduce violence.






Monday, April 1

1:40 PM 

Haaren Hall, Room 630

Yorick Smaal (the Spring 2019 John Jay Research Visiting Scholar) explores the lives and loves of queer soldiers in the South Pacific in the Second World War.


Tuesday, April 2
6:00 PM

L.61 NB 

The Promise and Perils of Mentorship in a #MeToo Era Workshop

Bonnie Oglensky, Academic Director of the Sociology and Human Relations programs at CUNY School of Professional Studies will host the workshop.


Wednesday, April 3

5:00 PM

Moot Court, NB, 6.68

Branding Yourself

This webinar will teach you how to brand yourself and appeal to potential companies and recruiters. Register Here 


Thursday, April 4
5:00 PM

Come and join John Jay Alumni during the 2019 Alumni Reunion. COME BACK, CONNECT and CELEBRATE. For more information, contact 


Wednesday, April 10

7:00 PM

Gerald W.
Lynch Theater

There will be a discussion with actors, playwrights and special guests immediately following each performance. If you have any questions, please contact:


Thursday, April 11
4:30 PM

Haaren Hall, Room 630

Please join us, in welcoming The Honorable Catalina Cruz '05, Queens Assemblywoman, to John Jay. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of External Affairs and Adelante!


Wednesday, April 17

4:30 PM

Moot Court, NB 6.68

OAR Book Talk -
Phillip Yanos,
"Written Off"

Professor of Psychology Philip Yanos will discuss his latest book which explores the social injustice of mental health stigma and how this problem can prevent those diagnosed with mental illnesses from achieving their true potential.


Thursday, April 18

5:00 PM

Moot Court

Vera Fellows End
of Year Celebration 

Join us for the annual report on and celebration of the John Jay-Vera Fellows Program.




















Looking Forward to
Alumni Reunion 2019 

John Jay's 2019 Alumni Reunion on April 4 promises to be a memorable event. Organizers have revved up the schedule of events by introducing new meetup groups that will gather before the awards dinner. These 15 meetup groups let attendees mingle, reconnect, and network with groups and cohorts they identify with from their time at John Jay, such as, NYPD, McNair Scholars, Veterans, Pre-Law, or Athletics. After checking in, an "influencer" for the meetup group will act as a host, helping members of the group make connections. For alumni who were in the Honors Program, the meetup group acts as a double celebration, as this year marks the program's 10th anniversary.


After the meetup sessions conclude, attendees will make their way to the awards dinner where they can help celebrate this year's Alumni Reunion honorees who have helped pave the way to success for others and have served as inspiration to the entire John Jay Community. Read More 




Manhattan DA's Office

Announces Sexual Assault Kit

Backlog Elimination at John Jay 


"For decades the national backlog for sexual assault kits, which are known as rape kits, perpetuated what I think is a sizable injustice against sexual assault survivors, and in particular women, denying them the very basic civil rights under the law," said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., at the "Test Every Kit" press conference at John Jay College on March 12, 2019. "The backlog of untested rape kits not only undermined justice and the perception and reality of equality, it also made every woman and every American less safe." That's why, in 2014, the Manhattan D.A.'s Office announced what was then an unprecedented three-year, 38-million-dollar, national investment to address this intergenerational injustice. By some accounts, there were hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits collecting dust in police storage facilities all across the country, representing thousands of sexual assault survivors who had never seen justice prevail. Read More 




Marcia Esparza and Daniel Auld
Raise Awareness About Historical Injustices in Latin America

Awardees of the 2018-2019 Inaugural Presidential Student-Faculty Research Collaboration Award, Daniel Auld, Director of Learning Technologies, Academic Services & Assessment, and Marcia Esparza, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, are embarking on their new research with the goal of bringing awareness to the injustices in Latin America. Their ambitious project is titled "Historical Memory Project/E-Portfolio Collaboration", and their hope is that it will resonate with many people in the John Jay community. Read More




Thanking Benefactors and Supporting Students at the Champions of
Justice Reception

Robin Merle, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, told the audience at the Champions of Justice reception on February 28, that, "One of my favorite quotes, that is very appropriate for tonight is, 'It takes each of us to make a difference for all of us.'" That spirit of giving, that desire to help students reach their fullest potential, permeated the room. The event gave the John Jay community the chance to congratulate student scholarship, fellowship, and internship recipients, while also recognizing and thanking the generous benefactors that made it all possible. Read More  




Law Day Inspires Hope and

Creates Opportunities for the 

Next Generation of Lawyers

Make no mistake about it, the aspiring lawyers at this year's Law Day will help change the face of the legal profession. In a profession that remains one of the least diverse in the nation, 85% of lawyers are white, the bar needs to encourage inclusivity and support underrepresented populations advancing in the field. That's where Charles Robert Davidson, Director of the Pre-Law Institute and Center for the Post-Graduate Opportunities, and events like Law Day come in. At the Law Day luncheon, on March 1, 2018, Davidson told the audience of aspiring lawyers that they reaffirmed his faith in the future. "If you all have any doubt about whether you can do this, I want you to put that to bed right now. Because I have no doubt, you can do this," said Davidson.
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Empowering Women and Communities at the 28th Lloyd George Sealy Lecture

John Jay College's Department of Africana Studies and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) hosted the 28th Lloyd George Sealy Lecture on March 7. Sealy was a distinguished member of the John Jay College faculty, and was the first African-American to graduate from the FBI national academy, and the first African-American Assistant Chief Inspector and Commander of the Brooklyn North Patrol Service Area for the NYPD. Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Chair of the Africana Studies department, thanked NOBLE for its support and for co-sponsoring the event, "I'm proud and happy that the Africana Studies Department is hosting this event with NOBLE," said Gordon-Nembhard. "This is our 28th Lloyd George Sealy lecture, one of the longest running events in John Jay, celebrating the life of our own Lloyd George Sealy and remembering his accomplishments as a teacher, scholar, and top-ranking police professional in the NYPD." Read More 




John Jay Hosts the 2nd Annual Symposium on Women in Law Enforcement

"Law enforcement is so much better because of the presence of women in leadership roles," said Karol V. Mason, addressing the audience at the Women in Law Enforcement Symposium on March 8, 2019, in celebration of National Women's History Month. It was a sentiment shared by John Jay's Director of Public Safety & Risk Management, Diego Redondo, as he revealed his good-natured humor with the overwhelming female crowd. Read More




Honoring Detective Garda Jerry McCabe at the McCabe Fellowship Reception

John Jay's academic exchange program, known as the Detective Garda Jerry McCabe Fellowship, was established in honor of Detective Garda McCabe after he was killed during an attempted robbery in Adare County, Limerick on June 7, 1996. To memorialize the father of five for his brave service, an exchange program of police professionals was established, allowing them to deepen their leadership skills and understanding of police practices. This year's fellowship recipients Garda Edward Henderson and Sergeant Declan J. Egan were congratulated at the McCabe Fellowship Reception on March 15, 2019, and had the opportunity to meet many high ranking Irish and New York officials, such as: Charlie Flanagan, Minister of Justice and Equality in the Republic of Ireland; James O'Neill, NYPD Police Commissioner; Drew Harris, Garda Commissioner, Republic of Ireland; Professor Bettina Murray, Ph.D.; and our very own Karol V. Mason, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Read More 





Michael McPhee (B.S. '18) has received the Albert Elias Academic Award and will start the master's program in the fall.


Stephanie Elias (B.A. '17) will go to Jordan to work with the Center of Victims of Torture to research a new assessment tool that will be implemented in schools and shelters for victims of torture.


Kieran Mahoney (B.S. '13) represented his borough of Queens during this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in Manhattan.


Aki Ashe (B.A. '09) has a new book out called Brooklyn United Ties: How To Tie A Tie. A portion of the proceeds of his newest book will go to the American Cancer society.


Lauren Renee Cummings (M.A. '05) received a presidential appointment to Trinidad and Tobago's first Sentencing Commission to bring proportionality and transparency to sentencing in the criminal justice system.


LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson (B.A. '75) has received the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her service to the Utah Genealogical Association and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. She was instrumental in helping develop the commemorative Martin Luther King Jr. event that kicked off the SLIG Academy and was the coordinator of SLIG's first African-American research course.




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