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John Jay College Hosted the 2014 Latina Researchers Conference


In response to the underrepresentation of historically disadvantaged populations with advanced social and behavioral science degrees, STEM degrees, or in advanced research and academic positions, the Latina Research Network (LRN) – headed by Professor Silvia L. Mazzula –  held the 2014 Latina Researchers Conference at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City on April 3-5.

The first Latina Researchers Conference took place in 2012 and brought together scholars and investigators to discuss the general state of the field regarding underrepresented scholars and faculty members. The LRN was established after the conference to provide a space and structure to continue the conversation, while providing a community and establishing resources.

“This year we are continuing this important conversation and addressing sub-fields where we are underrepresented and providing more hands-on training, at and following the conference,” said Professor Mazzula, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Acting Deputy Director of the Forensic Mental Health Counseling Masters Program at John Jay.

Dr. Margarita Alegría, Director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research (CMMHR) at Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School, and professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Dr. Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, and Director of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, will deliver keynote addresses.

The conference included plenary discussions and presentations by renowned researchers and activist scholars. The conference also feature early career investigators during poster sessions, and included several networking events.

To learn more about presenters and topics, visit the conference Web site at

The LRN and conference are supported by grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit