November 2020





For Steven Vivas ’20, an alumnus with a degree in Criminology and a minor in Latin American and Latinx Studies, getting an internship during his sophomore year was the key to his current job and career path. The Queens, New York native had never had any professional experience, but Associate Professor Isabel Martinez, Ph.D. saw his potential and introduced him to Safe Passage, a non-profit organization that helps represent unaccompanied minors. Read More





Since its inception, John Jay College has proudly educated students who have served in the Armed Forces. Two of the staunchest advocates for supporting our military and veteran students are Peter and Sarah Beshar, the generous donors behind the newly created Beshar Scholars Military Service Award. Read More





The coronavirus pandemic is pushing our country into a mental health crisis. Since the start of the pandemic, the number of people reporting anxiety and depression reached an all-time high in September, hitting young people the hardest. As students continue to contend with mental health issues related to the pandemic, the services of John Jay’s Counseling Services Center couldn’t be more important. Read More





Have you ever been faced with a photo grid and asked to click on every traffic light to prove you weren’t a robot before you could access your email or bank account? A recent proposal by Muath Obaidat, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in John Jay College’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, could prevent you from having to go through that ever again. Read More





Thanksgiving is traditionally a time where we gather with loved ones to reflect on what we’re thankful for. And while this year is decidedly different, with many families celebrating virtually, the feelings of gratitude remain the same. Read More





Janet Acevedo ’21 always envisioned herself earning her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and through the CUNY Justice Academy program, she’s making that dream a reality. “One day, during my evening commute, I googled ‘criminal justice programs in Manhattan’ and of course John Jay came up, but so did the CUNY Justice Academy program,” recalls Acevedo, a Criminal Justice Major from the Bronx, New York. Read More





Honors student Aaliyah John ’22 knows how important internships can be for students trying to define their career path. "An internship can provide clarity and can teach you so much about the field you want to work in and about yourself." Read More





Graduate student Thomas Donaldson ’21, a detective in the New York City Police Department’s Emergency Service Unit, knows the challenges a veteran faces transitioning from military to civilian life. Now, as he pursues his master’s degree in Security Management, he’s hoping to open the eyes of the public sector regarding the relevance, value, and transference of veterans’ skills. Read More





Alisse Waterston, Ph.D., Presidential Scholar and Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology, participated in a virtual book launch and conversation earlier this month celebrating her new graphic book Light in Dark Times: The Human Search for Meaning.


Allison Kavey, Ph.D., Professor of History, and Rae-Ellen Kavey, M.D., co-authored Viral Pandemics: From Smallpox to Covid-19. The book explores the role of viral biology, globalization, and the history of pandemics.


Blanche Wiesen Cook, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History and Women's Studies, recently appeared in CNN’s First Ladies series where she recounted the life and impact of Eleanor Roosevelt.


Jayne Mooney, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, has won the Division on Critical Criminology & Social Justice (DCCSJ) 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes sustained and distinguished scholarship, teaching, and service in the field of critical criminology.


Matthew Barry Johnson, Associate Professor of Psychology, recently published a new book, Wrongful Conviction in Sexual Assault: Stranger Rape, Acquaintance Rape, and Intra-familial Child Sexual Assault.



Class Notes

Torey McNeil (B.S. ’17) was named Emergency Management Specialist for Operations for the U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Sergeant at Arms, Emergency Management Division.


Christopher M. Hughes (M.A. ’12) has been named CEO of Stuart Dean Company, Inc., a national provider of renowned interior and exterior architectural restoration and disinfection services.


Stephanie A. Arthur (M.P.A. ’05) recently served as the National Organizing Chair of the African Diaspora for Biden Steering Committee.


Yvette Aguiar (B.S. ’86, M.P.A. ’93) was elected Supervisor of Riverhead, Long Island and Police Commissioner. She is the first Latina to hold these roles.


Peter J. Mancuso Jr. (M.A. ’79) was named the winner of the Society for American Baseball Research’s 2020 Bob Davids Award. The award is the highest honor given by the society.



In Memoriam

Alumnus Charu Robinson (B.A. ’03) passed away last month at the age of 43. Robinson was well known in New York City’s chess community where he was a role model and hero to many. In the 90s, Robinson led his chess team the Raging Rooks, from Harlem's Adam Clayton Powell Jr. High School, to a national championship. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.


It is with great sadness that we inform the John Jay community of the passing of Campus Peace Officer Rangel Nuñez, from the Department of Public Safety. Our heartfelt condolences and thoughts are with his seven-year-old son, Martin, and CPO Nuñez’s family, friends, and colleagues during this incredibly difficult time.


Diane Dwyer, former Deputy Director of Human Resources at John Jay, has passed away following a brief illness. She was a passionate advocate for employee benefits and well-being for over three decades. We send our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends.





Monday, November 30

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

Recently, mass protests in Nigeria (#ENDSARS) against widespread police brutality committed by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) were forcefully repressed by the government, resulting in at least 12 deaths with several injured. The #ENDSARS movement in Nigeria in many ways parallels the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States. The aim of this webinar is to raise awareness about police brutality in international context, highlight similarities and differences between both movements as well as emerging possibilities for police reform.


Speakers include: Benson Chinedu Olugbuo, Executive Director, CLEEN Foundation, Nigeria; Christelle Onwu, Lead Advisor for African Diaspora Communities, NYC Commission on Human Rights; Chivona Newsome, Black Lives Matter, Greater New York; Gloria Browne-Marshall, Professor, Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration, John Jay College; Ejim Dike, human rights activist; Jamil Dakwar, Director of the ACLU Human Rights Program. Moderated by Dara Byrne, Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, John Jay College.


Wednesday, December 2

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. | John Jay Careers Online

Passionate about justice? Become a Pinkerton Fellow. Register for info session.


Thursday, December 3

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

This program will discuss how dispute and conflict resolution professionals can help parties solve problems. It will focus on helping parties identify, value and pursue their intangible interests in disputes and conflicts, and in resolving disputes and conflicts. Featured guest: John Lande, Isidor Loeb Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri School of Law and co-author of Litigation Interest and Risk Assessment: Help Your Clients Make Good Litigation Decisions.


Tuesday, December 8

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. | Zoom

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