We Invite You to Support Student Success

Due to the impact that COVID-19 has had on our community, and the world, John Jay College of Criminal Justice has decided to convert our gala on Thursday, February 4, 2021 to a Virtual Benefit. Now more than ever there is a need to honor those whose advocacy and leadership make our  communities, country, and world a better place. The funds raised by the Benefit are critical to achieve our goals: to support our students' success and develop the strongest generation of future leaders possible.

Our Students

With a student body that is 46 percent Hispanic, 21 percent white, 20 percent Black, and 13 percent Asian, John Jay College is recognized as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and a Minority-Serving Institution (MSI). Some 47 percent of our students are the first in their families to attend college and a third are born outside of the U.S. More than 400 are military veterans. Our John Jay graduates are uniquely equipped to serve as agents of change and as diverse justice leaders in an increasingly diverse America.

You Can Impact the Lives of Our Students by Making a Gift

Your generous support is what makes it possible for our students to thrive and overcome  the significant challenge of earning a  degree during this unprecedented time. Even with our students and their families adversely impacted by COVID-19, despite the fact that more that a half are from very low-income households earning less that $30,000 per year, our students are graduating in record numbers. With your help, our four-year and six year graduation rates remain at an all-time high. This past year, our intervention programs increased graduation rates by an unprecedented 3%. In fact, John Jay's four-year graduation rate is the second highest in CUNY. At our Benefit, we will highlight these programs, including our successful Pre-Law Institute and our new program that links experience, academics and practice (LEAP).

Our College

John Jay College, the preeminent leader in educating for justice, is proud of its longstanding record as a transformational force for historically underrepresented students. We rank in the Top 10 among American universities in student social mobility according to a Harvard-based think tank. Our faculty personify academic excellence, from Pulitzer Prize-winning historians to recognized experts in fields such as, criminal justice reform, law enforcement, forensic science, cybercrime, and public administration. Through their research, they advance knowledge and inform professional, practice that build and sustain just societies.

Please Join the Virtual Benefit on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 6:00PM

The Virtual Benefit is an hour long and the evening will be dynamic, compelling, and celebrate the stories of our amazing students

and the vision of our honorees.

Clara Wu Tsai will receive the Champion for Justice Award for her passionate and dedicated efforts around  criminal justice reform and social mobility.

BNY Mellon our Presenting Sponsor, will receive the Community Leadership Award  for their support of our exceptional students from lower-income families on their path to academic success.




Daisey Holmes

Jules B. Kroll

Arthur J. Mirante II


Paula Howell Anderson

Yrthya Dinzey-Flores

Rossana Rosado


Jules B. Kroll


Karol V. Mason

President, John Jay College

Arthur J. Mirante II

Vice Chair

Richard H. Girgenti


Rossana Rosado


Robin Merle

Executive Director


Alan S. Abel

Paula Howel Anderson

Peter J. Beshar

Michael Bosworth

Gerry Byrne

Muhammad U. Faridi

Todd A. Fisher

Mark Flower

LaBrenda Carret Nelson

Shauna-Kay Gooden

Barb Lee

Yi Li

John MacIntosh

James McCann

Brendan R. McGuire

Anne Milgram

Alexander Rovt

Anne Beane Rudman

Andrew A. Shiva

Alan Siegel

William J. Snipes

Alisse Waterson



For more information on ways to support the Virtual Benefit and John Jay students

email us at mcerezo@jjay.cuny.edu or call 212-237-8489

Please note that we will provide you with a link to tune into the Virtual Benefit in the weeks leading up to the event.