May 2022





Lizbeth Villafane understands the vital role of New York City’s 911 system. “I was an officer working with the 40th precinct in the Bronx on September 11th and we were mobilized downtown near the site when the attacks happened.” Read More






“My family experienced years of persecution under the Albanian Communist regime. Their struggles and commitment to justice served as my own moral compass.” Read More






Michael Balioni understands New Yorkers dealing with addictions and mental illness. After a devastating motorcycle accident, his wife became addicted to prescription opioids. Read More






Fiona Ji-Hoo Kim shares how her research, internship, and future law studies help prepare her to call out injustice and stand up for others. Read More






During her Famous Trials class, Emmalee Meing audaciously asked Amanda Knox, whose murder trial earned extraordinary media attention, for an interview. Read More






Aaron Fernando, who wants to become a public defender, investigates the impact of bail on underserved communities and how rollbacks increase prison populations. Read More





Professor of Art Crime Erin Thompson, Ph.D., was named a New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers class of 2022-2023 fellow.


Associate Professor of Sociology Liza G. Steele, Ph.D., presented her new research “Americans’ Attitudes Towards Immigrants and Refugees During the Covid-19 Pandemic” at the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) Seminar Presentation last month.


Co-founders of the Initiative for Gender Equity in the Public Sector, Professors Nicole M. Elias, Ph.D., and Maria J. D’Agostino, Ph.D., were named in City & State New York’s list of Higher Education Power 100: Driving Diversity on Campus, recognizing professionals working to make higher education more inclusive.



Class Notes


Jonah Triebwasser ’72 was named a judicial ambassador by the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. 


Yvette Aguiar ’86, ’93, Riverhead Town Supervisor, was honored by the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.


Karen Saransig ’21 started her own women-owned and operated moving company and recently got married.





Thursday, May 5

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

Dispute Resolution: Disrupting & Connecting for Social Change

Jackie Font-Guzmán, Ph.D.Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Eastern Mennonite University, and Bernie Mayer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Conflict Studies at Creighton University, will discuss their new book, The Neutrality Trap, Disrupting and Connecting for Social Change, and the relationship between conflict work and social activism.


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Zoom

Secular and Religious Fundamentalism in the Human Rights Discourse

Join the Center for International Human Rights at John Jay for a panel discussion on the topic of fundamentalism and its effect on human rights. Register here.


Wednesday, May 11

1:40 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. | Zoom

Emerging Leaders of Justice: City Council Member the Honorable Shahana Hanif

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by joining a conversation with City Council Member Shahana Hanif. The event will be facilitated by Distinguished Professor Kevin Nadal, Ph.D. Register here.


Friday, May 13

9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | John Jay College

Bail Reform Conference

Bail Reform in New York: What have we learned? What’s next? Register here.


Tuesday, May 17 

7:00 p.m. | Lynch Theater

Tribute Honoring Detective Wilbert Mora ’18

This touching tribute, presented by the John Jay Singers, will be free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.


Tuesday, May 31

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center


John Jay’s 55th commencement will celebrate the classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022.











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