January/February 2022





Xenia Machado, an ACE (Accelerate Complete Engage) Academic Advisor, knew she found her ideal job when she witnessed firsthand how deeply John Jay students embrace their different heritages. “As a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution, John Jay College is no stranger to diverse cultures,” says Machado, who identifies as an African American woman of Jamaican and Cuban descent. Read More






John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Gray Foundation are pleased to announce a $1 million gift to continue John Jay’s successful Completion for Upper-division Student Program (CUSP) for two years, helping approximately 3,200 students complete the last leg of their undergraduate journey and prepare for graduate school or a career. Read More






When Associate Professor Daryl A. Wout, Ph.D., Chair of the Psychology Department, was in graduate school, the area of study that intrigued him the most was a theory called stereotype threat. “It’s a theory centered on people’s concerns about being negatively stereotyped based upon their group membership,” says Wout. Read More






Sharmaine Smith ’25, a Forensic Psychology major from Harlem, New York, and a winner of this year’s Malcolm/King Award, is driven to provide hope and create options for system-impacted individuals reentering their communities. For Smith, the passion of uplifting the group is personal. Read More






In celebration of Womxn’s Herstory Month 2022, John Jay College students, faculty, and staff are acknowledging and showing their appreciation for some of the incredible women in our community. These “John Jay Heroines” play a pivotal role in our community’s success. Read More






Adjunct Professor and John Jay alumnus Shamus W. Smith ’05 embodies what it means to live a life of public service. He served our country in the United States Marine Corps and New Jersey National Guard. And, for over a decade, he helped protect citizens as a New York City Police Department (NYPD) Police Officer, working on the front lines in some of the city’s most crime-riddled neighborhoods. Read More






Chelsea Binns, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Security, Fire, and Emergency Management, was named one of America’s Top Private Investigators of 2022 by PI Magazine.


Silvia Dapía, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature and Culture, in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, has won The Anna M. Cienciala Award for best edited book in Polish Studies for her edited volume Gombrowicz in Transnational Context: Translation, Affect, and Politics.


Jamila Diaz, Director of Career Pathways at the Institute for Justice and Opportunity (IOJ) at John Jay has been appointed to the prestigious New York City Employment & Training Coalition (NYCETC) Policy Council.


Nathan Lents, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, has been named a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He’s part of a group of 14 new fellows who were chosen for contributions to science and skepticism.


Michael Rempel has been named the Director of Data Collaborative for Justice (DCJ) at John Jay College. He comes to the role with over 20 years of experience at the Center for Court Innovation.



Class Notes


Judge Erious Johnson (B.A. ’91) was appointed to the Marion County Circuit Court by Oregon Governor Kate Brown.


Gary Jenkins (B.A. ’99) has been named Commissioner of the Department of Social Services (DSS) by New York City Mayor Eric Adams ’98.


Crystal Gail Welcome (B.A. ’04), who was diagnosed with a rare brain disease a few years after graduating John Jay, became the first neurological implant recipient to climb Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48, defying medical odds.


Kristen Thomas (M.A. ’06) was appointed by the Louisiana State Department of Corrections as the warden to head the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women; only the second female warden in the Institute’s history.


Resila Onyango (Ph.D. ’18), currently the Deputy Director of Planning at the Office of the Inspector General of Police, is the first female police officer in the history of the Kenyan National Police Service to earn a doctorate degree. 


In Memoriam


NYPD Detective Wilbert Mora ’18 was critically injured in the line of duty and died of his injuries four days later on January 25. Mora represented the best of us, providing an example of leadership, bravery, and commitment to public service. As a community, we send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.


Sandra Rutherford, a long term and beloved member of our John Jay community, recently passed away. Rutherford started her career at the College’s Office of the President where she worked for over 20 years, before joining the Office for Advancement and Research. She will be sincerely missed. 





Wednesday, March 2

5:00 p.m. | Zoom

Leveraging Linkedin + Technology to Build your Network

Build your professional network during these virtual times. We’ll discuss how to build a LinkedIn profile, expand your network, and use social media platforms to connect with companies. Register today.


6:00 p.m. | Zoom

Black and Latina Women in the Law 

John Jay has amazing alumnae with successful careers as lawyers and judges. Meet some of them at this celebratory panel discussion. RSVP Here.


Thursday, March 3

8:00 a.m. | Zoom

Dispute Dispute Resolution: Ombuds Confidential

Learn more about the role an Organizational Ombuds plays within a company or institution and how you can become an organizational ombudsperson. To RSVP, email Maria Volpe.


Thursday, March 3, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday, March 4, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

CUNY Student-Led Town Hall 

Join a Student-Led Town Hall on March 3 and March 4 to discuss the current CUNY policies for returning to campus, ask questions, and express concerns.


Friday, March 4

Black Excellence Nominations Due March 4th

The John Jay Student Council, along with the support of the Black Student Union and the Racial Equity Taskforce, present the Black Excellence Awards. Highlight your fellow John Jay students, faculty, and staff who represent “Black Excellence” by nominating them for an award. They will be highlighted on the Student Council and Black Student Union Instagram accounts as well as in the John Jay Newsletter and JMail. Please click here for more information and to nominate someone.


Wednesday, March 9

1:40 p.m. | Zoom

Career Opportunities: Social Security Administration—Office of the Inspector General

The Office of Investigations (OI) is looking to hire several entry-level Special Agents (Sworn Criminal Investigators) throughout the country. Attend this information session to learn more.



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