Student Voices

The Perils of a White Academy: Why Grad School Needs Better Representation

By Mawia Khogali – As a doctoral candidate in psychology and law, I have had the opportunity to experience the role of both student and professor. My position as a woman of color has interacted with…

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January Round Up: The Best of John Jay on the Internet

“They are taking literally everything away from us.” Ismary Calderon on why she and several other students went to DC to call for a government shutdown on NBC News. Similarly, Fairooz Haider shares what it’s like…

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Life as the Child of a Chronically Incarcerated Parent

By Angela Silletti – I was ten years old the first time I knew my father was in prison. My mother picked up the phone and shortly thereafter passed the phone to me. “Hey Ange,…

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From One Grad Student to Another: 9 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Program at John Jay 

By Jessica Pomerantz – As a graduate student at John Jay, I’ve sometimes wondered how to make the most out of my graduate program. Whether you’re a Forensic Mental Health Counseling student like me or…

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What Makes a Woman

By Katherine Santana – What makes a woman? Is it her physique? Her demeanor? Or her character? Unfortunately, the physique of a woman seems to be given much more attention than anything else. So many…

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Empty Bottles Filled With Life

By Ivan Taurisano – If you live in Jamaica, Queens, you are probably familiar with Rufus King Park, a sporadic green lung in the middle of the neighborhood, situated between Jamaica Station and Hillside Avenue,…

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A Reflection on Who I Am And Why I Fit At John Jay

By Joseph G. Homsey – At some point in time, at one point or another, everyone asks themselves this basic question: Who am I? This is a question that can be answered easily by some,…

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On the Edge: From Homelessness to the Classroom

By Kelly A. Ortiz – I was on the edge of losing myself, my home, and my dignity in 2015. It was just a couple of days before Thanksgiving when I was evicted from my…

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Visiting Rikers Island for the First Time

by Anna Giannicchi – In June of 2015, I was hired to pilot a project teaching English and Social Studies to young people incarcerated on Rikers Island. I’d never seen a correctional facility before. I’d researched Rikers the…

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A Perspective on the Shooting of Miosotis Familia

By Steven Pacheco – This happened not too far from where I live. I saw the cop cars flying to either the scene of the crime or the hospital. I’ve never seen police move out…

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