September 2020




This year marks the 19th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks. Even as we find ourselves in a distance-learning environment, the John Jay College community still found a way to come together and honor the lives lost on 9/11 through a virtual remembrance ceremony. Read More





In an effort to examine how we should be educating our future leaders, educators, public servants, and law enforcement, on August 27, the John Jay community convened a diverse panel of leaders to reflect on where we are six years after the death of Michael Brown. This event was part of our ongoing Racial Justice Series, which was created in response to the senseless deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and made all the more critical in light of the recent events in Louisiana and Wisconsin. Read More





Alumna Angela Abreu ’03 is on a mission to change the literary landscape. As Founder and Creative Director of the Dominican Writers Association, she’s uplifting the next generation of Dominican writers, by providing them with the resources they need to produce transformative works. As she highlights and celebrates these Latinx narratives, she’s helping Latinx readers see their experiences, culture, and histories, reflected in the stories they read. Read More





Imagine having to juggle your schoolwork, a job, pay for your rent, bills, and tuition, and on top of all of that, be a nurturing parent to your child. For many of our student-parents, this is an everyday reality; it’s a demanding reality that alumna and adjunct professor Jill Frometa ’19 knows all too well. “I was a 26-year-old single mother when I decided to return to College to finish earning my bachelor’s degree.” Read More





When we first meet Marc Louis ’24 on Zoom, he’s sitting in front of a black wall with figures drawn on it. “This is my Basquiat wall,” says Louis, referring to artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. “He’s my favorite artist. Anytime I’m bored or feeling restless, I pick up some white acrylic paint or chalk, and draw on the wall.” Basquiat’s ability to change the art world, Louis says, has influenced how he views himself in everyday society. Read More





First-year student Ciomara Dominguez ’23, a Political Science major, embodies what being a John Jay student is all about. She works hard, she’s driven to make the world a more just place, and, she’s not letting any obstacles get in her way. Like her classmates, Dominguez is attending classes this fall in a distance-learning environment, but unlike most, she’s living in Honolulu, Hawaii, where there’s a six-hour time difference. Read More





While he was on active duty with the U.S. Army, Sergeant Moses Negron ’21, a Criminal Justice major, came across a Facebook post from John Jay’s Office of Military and Veteran Services and quickly realized that John Jay’s veteran community was a supportive group that he wanted to join. “John Jay, in many ways, is the dream school for me because I want to have a career in law enforcement,” explains Negron, who went on to serve in the Infantry with a combat deployment to Afghanistan. Read More





Like many of her John Jay peers, alumna and graduate student Natalia Ahn ’21 has spent the last few months working to help members of her community make it through the coronavirus pandemic. “Since March, I’ve been volunteering as an immigration paralegal, helping victims of domestic violence in the immigrant Brazilian and Latinx community,” says Ahn, who recently earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay and is now pursuing a master’s degree in Human Rights from the College. Read More





Associate Professor of Music Benjamin Lapidus’, Ph.D., new book New York and the International Sound of Latin Music: 1940-1990 explores how the inter-ethnic collaboration among musicians, composers, dancers, instrument builders, and music teachers in New York City led to the innovation of Latin music.


Itai Nartzizenfield Sneh Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, gave a Zoom talk during the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s conference: From the Helsinki Accords to the Fall of the Berlin Wall and Beyond. His talk centered on Human Rights Bridging Anti-communism and Legitimate Activism: from Helsinki to Gdansk, but Not Bucharest.


Class Notes

Kawanza Billy (B.A. ’15) was named the Civic Engagement Chair for the Thursday Network of the Greater Washington Urban League Young Professionals. She’ll be working directly with community members to close accessibility and equity gaps in Washington, D.C.


Hernán Carvente Martinez (B.S. ’15) founded Healing Ninjas, an online community highlighting the stories of individuals who are seeking to master the art of healing. Through his podcast, Martinez captures the authentic stories of people undergoing healing journeys of their own.


Renee Cummings (M.A. ’05) is now an instructor for the CertNexus Certified Ethical Emerging Technologist Course that provides credentials in data ethics and Artificial Intelligence risk management.


Jamal Lopez (B.S. ’96, M.P.A. ’02) has been named Senior Director for Institutional Equity at Weill Cornell Medicine.





Thursday, October 1 

8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. | Zoom

In this month’s NYC-DR Virtual Roundtable Breakfast program, we’ll discuss practical ways to apply strategies, approaches and tools from positive psychology to help ADR (alternative dispute resolution) practitioners maintain personal intention and equanimity; enhance effectiveness in dispute resolution in real-time; and perhaps offer to people in conflict some precepts and ideas that help them get beyond their disputes. Special Guest: Diane Rosen, Of Counsel to Ortoli Rosenstadt LLP, and Principal at Compass Consultants. To RSVP contact:


Thursday, October 1 

4:00 p.m. | Zoom

Session Five: Recruiting, Skills & Training 

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and John Jay College of Criminal Justice are partnering to convene a series of six livestream conversations to reimagine the future of public safety and redefine the role of policing in America today. RSVP HERE to join the Future of Public Safety conversations, hosted by John Jay and NOBLE.


Friday, October 2 

12:00 p.m.

In collaboration with the Urban Male Initiative, Immigration Female Justice Alliance and The Counseling Services Center.


Tuesday, October 6

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. | Zoom

Are you interested in pursuing a career in Finance and in Non-Profits? Don't miss out on the opportunity to hear from Jason Brown, Assistant Director of Finance for Cypress Hills Local Development Corp., and learn what skills are needed to excel in the field. 

Click here to register for the event.


Tuesday, October 6

12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. | Zoom 

Get tips on how to network effectively. Check out John Jay Careers Online to RSVP and get more information.


Wednesday, October 7

12:00 p.m.

In collaboration with the Immigrant Student Success Center, Office of Accessibility Services and Children’s Center Services, Immigration Female Justice Alliance and the Counseling Services Center.


Wednesday, October 7 

1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. | Zoom

This Virtual Open House will feature staff and alumni of our education and career programs discussing the Institute for Justice and Opportunity’s HSE Connect, College Initiative, and Navigator Certificate programs.


Thursday, October 8 

12:30 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. | Zoom

What are your stressors? The college perspective. Click here to Register in advance for this meeting.


Thursday, October 8 

6:00 p.m. | Zoom

As fierce advocates for justice, John Jay students and alumni understand the need to have difficult conversations about the current state of racial and ethnic politics in America. Colorism and allyship in the Latinx community will provide a space for our community to discuss the challenges around the concept of colorism and the meaning of what it is to be an ally. Register for the event.


Tuesday, October 13 

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. | Zoom

How do students and faculty discuss Latinx racial justice? Register in advance. 

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Wednesday, October 14 

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. | Zoom

The session will be an overview of the academic internship program and help students think about the next steps regarding doing an internship. Register for the session.


Thursday, October 15 

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. | Zoom

Get tips on how to prepare the best possible representation of your qualifications for any job or internship. Learn proper formatting, strategies for sending them to employers, and tips on making your resume stand out. Check out John Jay Careers Online to RSVP and get more information.


Monday, October 19 

5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. | Zoom

Learn helpful strategies to simplify the cover letter writing process. Register in advance.


Wednesday, October 21 

Purple Day

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” is aimed at connecting New York by turning the state purple. Show your support for survivors of domestic violence by wearing purple and creating awareness.











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