Humans of John Jay

Humans of John Jay

Istou Diallo ('17) Wins Fulbright Award to Study Women with Disabilities in India

"Growing up with a physical challenge, I did not have any role models I could relate to, and so I always knew I wanted a chance to create representation for other women like myself." -Istou DialloAs a recent winner of a Fulbright Fellowship and graduate of #JohnJayCollege with a degree… [more]

Jason Mei reflects on his last day volunteering in P.R.

"Although every day was filled with a lot of sweat, a little bit of tears and even blood while repairing roofs, it has been a privilege to do so. Thank you Governor Andrew Cuomo, CUNY, and UNICEF for providing me this opportunity to make a direct social impact, especially at… [more]

Rossette - Humans of John Jay

"John Jay has taught me to embrace my mind in further learning and has helped me blossom in my career." - Rossette

Rosette is a senior who grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in a Dominican family. She chose John Jay because she wanted to do something… [more]

Fostering Success in STEM - Dr. Edgardo Sanabria-Valentín

"My kids blow me away every time. I have complete pride in showing them off at every conference I go to. I have learned so much by helping them with posters and advising on their projects; it's encouraging that I sometimes find my students to be smarter than me." -… [more]


“Prof. Diana Rodriguez is my favorite faculty member. She helped open my eyes and spiked my interest in international criminology.” - Fortune

Fortune just finished his first year of graduate study in the International Crime and Justice program, specializing in Counter-Terrorism Policies. As an international student, he says that he chose… [more]

Ivana - Humans of John Jay

"Without education, you are not going anywhere in this world." - Ivana

Meet Ivana, a Honduran first-generation college student majoring in Criminology. She’s a member of the International Study Abroad program and The National Society of Leadership & Success. Her most memorable experience in college so far is the semester she… [more]

Aki Ashe ('09) Talks About The Power of Perception

"I see the mistakes that new grads make, dressing too casual for an interview. I want to teach them how to make a strong, impressive first impression." -Aki Ashe

Since graduating from John Jay, alumnus Aki Ashe has become a successful business owner through his fashion company Brooklyn United Ties. We… [more]

Express to Excellence: Scott Miller, Salutatorian

Major: Criminal Justice and Public Administration Hometown: Williston Park, Nassau County

Scott Miller was overwhelmed when he was named salutatorian, not only because it signified a major accomplishment in his life. It was also a way of honoring his grandfather, who was once named salutatorian too. “My grandfather was the salutatorian… [more]

Acing Academics: Veronika Lizarov, Valedictorian

Major: Forensic PsychologyMinors: Music and Africana StudiesHometown: Brooklyn, New York

When Veronika Lizarov got the phone call that she was the 2018 John Jay Valedictorian, her family was excited, but not totally surprised. “My family was really happy, but they kind of expected it. They laughed and said,… [more]

Laying Down The Law: Magdalena Oropeza, Class of 2018

Major: Criminology and LLSHometown: Sunnyside, Queens

When Magdalena Oropeza was just four years old, she came home from a school career day and announced to her mother that she was going to be a lawyer. “I’m turning 22, and the dream is still there,” says Oropeza. When she was… [more]