October 2021




Alumnus Hernán Carvente-Martinez ’15, a Queens, New York native, knows how hard it can be when you’re navigating complex life challenges while also struggling with mental health issues. That’s why he founded Healing Ninjas, a digital wellness platform created especially for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities searching for mental health and healing resources. The work has garnered Carvente-Martinez a special recognition; he was awarded Reebok’s 2021 Human Rights Award (sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union and Alabama State University). Read More





John Jay College of Criminal Justice was ranked #1 in the nation by Hispanic Outlook on Education magazine for enrolling the most Latinx students for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Services Degrees. The magazine also ranked John Jay College #37 in its annual Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics list for total bachelor’s degrees granted to Latinx students in 2019–2020—the highest ranking among CUNY colleges. John Jay ranked #65 in total enrollment of Latinx students. The magazine’s rankings are based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Read More





Alumnus Eugene Gonzalez-Lopez, Ph.D., received his bachelor’s degree from John Jay in 2012 and his master’s degree in 2014, and with the help of a dedicated team of faculty and staff in the College’s Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math (PRISM) and Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK), he persevered and earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience and Pharmacology from Penn State College of Medicine in 2019. His success is an inspiration to everyone in our community, but his story is uniquely his own. Read More





John Jay Associate Professor of Public Policy, Heath Brown, Ph.D., and Howard University Associate Professor of Political Science, Niambi Carter, Ph.D., are teaming up to level the playing field for professors at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI) across the U.S. by creating publishing opportunities in the field of Political Science. The duo, who both recently published books with distinguished university presses, saw an inequity in the world of academic publishing, and amidst the pandemic, realized the potential of a virtual environment to leverage resources to professors at MSIs who have manuscripts in the works by creating an online book workshop. Read More





Adjunct Assistant Professor and author Alfred S. Titus, Jr., Ph.D., knows the valuable role law enforcement can play in saving people’s lives. Before retiring from the New York Police Department (NYPD), he worked as an NYPD Homicide Detective and Hostage Negotiator and was often among the first at the scene following a tragedy or trying to prevent one from happening. “What led me to become a police officer was this innate desire to help others. I wanted to assist those most in need, especially during their most difficult times.” Read More





Department of Public Management professors Maria J. D’Agostino, Ph.D., and Nicole M. Elias, Ph.D., are committed to advancing gender equity through public service and public policy research. In 2013, they founded the Women in the Public Sector (WPS) research organization at John Jay College, and recently they announced the rebranding of WPS to the Initiative for Gender Equity in the Public Sector (IGEPS) to incorporate the organization’s core value of inclusivity. Read More





Down at the Dutch Racing Stable in New Jersey, a two-year-old colt (a young male horse) named John Jay is starting a new training routine in hopes of one day becoming a champion racehorse. The colt’s connection to the College extends far beyond his name. He happens to be owned by John Jay College professor and alumnus Anthony Gentile ’78 ’01, who will donate a significant portion of the colt’s race earnings to the College’s Food PantryRead More





When Stefany Quiroz ’24, a Honduran-American with a double major in Political Science and Latin American and Latinx Studies (LLS), was looking at colleges to attend, it was John Jay’s role as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) that really stood out to her. “I wanted to go to a college where I could be surrounded by people who have similar struggles and lived experiences to my own. As I learned more about John Jay and its Latinx student body, I knew it was a place that would be a safe space and second home for me,” says Quiroz. Read More





John Jay College made the Sierra Club’s list of “Cool Schools.” The recognition goes to the colleges and universities committed to protecting the planet, addressing climate change, and encouraging environmental stewardship.


Kevin Nadal, Ph.D., has been promoted to Distinguished Professor of Psychology by the CUNY Board of Trustees. Nadal is one of the youngest Distinguished Professors at CUNY and the first Filipino-American and second person of color named Distinguished Professor at John Jay.


Gloria Browne-Marshall, Professor of Constitutional Law, was named a finalist at the 16th annual Peachtree Village International Film Festival for her screenplay Sergeant Freeman. The screenplay was also recognized with an Honorable Mention from Screenplay Festival.


John Jay College’s Division of Professional Studies has won an award for the team’s effort in exemplary Crisis Management, Marketing and Enrollment from the Continuing Education Association of New York (CEANY). Fern Chan, LLM, Director of Professional Studies, has also been named the winner of the Outstanding Continuing Education Professional 2021 award by CEANY. Chan is being recognized for their creativity, outstanding leadership, and the significant contributions they’ve made to Professional Studies. The awards will be given out during next month’s CEANY Annual Conference. 


Valli Rajah, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology, has been named a recipient of the 2021 American Society of Criminology, Division of Women and Crime, Sarah Hall Award for Service Contributions, for her outstanding service contributions to the Division on Women and Crime and to professional interests regarding feminist criminology. 


Carla Barrett, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Sociology and Academic Director of the Prison-to-College Pipeline program, won the 2021 American Society of Criminology, Division of Critical Criminology and Social Justice, Teaching Award. The award recognizes the impact she’s made on the teaching of critical criminology at the local, state, regional, national, and international level.



Class Notes


Clement James, Jr. (B.S. ’08, M.P.A. ’11), Director of Faith-Based Outreach in the New York Governor’s Office, was recently named one of City & State’s 2021 New York City 40 Under 40. 


Andrew D’Amora (M.S. ’09) has been appointed Acting Commissioner of New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) by Mayor Bill de Blasio. D’Amora, assigned from the New York Police Department (NYPD) to NYCEM, is a seven-year veteran of NYCEM and served as the agency’s First Deputy Commissioner since 2019. 


In Memoriam


Louis J. Guinta, Ph.D., Founder and Director of John Jay’s Communication Skills Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Communications and Theatre Arts, passed away earlier this month. Guinta joined the College in 1970 and retired in 2015. A staunch supporter of our students, Guinta created the Vocational and Technical Education Act (VATEA) grant, providing computer-assisted learning opportunities and tutoring to hundreds of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Migdalia DeJesus Torres, Associate Professor Emeritus of Latin American and Latinx Studies (LLS) and former Chair of Puerto Rican Studies (now the LLS department), recently passed away. Throughout her 30-plus year career at John Jay, she was an integral member of our community, contributing so much to her students and colleagues.


Selman A. Berger, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Sciences, has passed away. A highly respected and much-loved member of our community, Berger worked well beyond his retirement in 2007, working with the College and educating our students until May 2020.





October 10 to November 8

Streaming on-demand until November 8, the documentary Finding Daylight shares the story of two families navigating trauma and grief after losing loved ones in the 9/11 attacks. The film offers insight into how we can honor the past and embrace hope for the future. Watch the film at: https://www.jjay.cuny.edu/findingdaylight.


Monday, November 1

1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. | Zoom

Explore the power of the vote and ideas for civic activism beyond the ballot box as we work to safeguard participatory democracy for communities of color. Co-sponsored by the Office of External Affairs and the Department of Latin American and Latinx Studies (LLS), this discussion will be facilitated by Professor John A. Gutiérrez, Ph.D., and feature Julio Rivero, National Senior Program Manager for Campaigns, NALEO Education Fund, and DeNora Getachew, CEO, DoSomething.org. Register for the event at: https://bit.ly/2Z2kkcP.


Monday, November 1

4:30 p.m. | Zoom

Panelists will address the complex and interdependent roles of government agencies, community-based and non-governmental organizations in promoting, or hindering, equitable disaster recovery. For more information, contact Daniel Stageman, Ph.D., at dstageman@jjay.cuny.edu.


Wednesday, November 3 and Thursday, November 4

1:00 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. | Zoom

John Jay’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice presents this two-part webinar series aimed at addressing the questions “What are prisons for?” and “How can society respond to harm while minimizing the imposition of punishment?”


Thursday, November 4

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

The talk will define “dignity”—what it is and what it is not; the basic elements of dignity; and how to put it into practice in everyday life. Guest speaker: Donna Hicks, Ph.D., Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. To RSVP, email mvolpe@gmail.com.


Thursday, November 11

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

If you’re interested in a career in Forensic Psychology, don’t miss this opportunity to meet with and learn from a professional in the field. Guest speaker: Amor Correa, Ph.D., Forensic Psychologist at the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Register in advance at: https://bit.ly/3pEvyiD.


Wednesday, November 17

Almost 50 percent of students at John Jay College are at risk of going hungry, becoming homeless, or in need of mental and medical health services. Help our most vulnerable students achieve their academic dreams by making a gift to the Student Emergency Fund during our Annual Day of Giving campaign. This month-long effort to raise money for the Student Emergency Fund culminates on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Donate by clicking here.


Thursday, November 18

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Zoom

This month’s webinar will focus on lessons learned after 9/11 and applying revised victim identification procedures to other mass fatality incidents. For more information, contact Professor Mechthild Prinz at mprinz@jjay.cuny.edu.












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