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.
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).
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.
VIRTUAL BENEFIT CO-CHAIRS
Jules B. Kroll
Arthur J. Mirante II
VIRTUAL BENEFIT VICE CHAIRS
Paula Howell Anderson
Jules B. Kroll
Karol V. Mason
President, John Jay College
Arthur J. Mirante II
Richard H. Girgenti
Alan S. Abel
Paula Howel Anderson
Peter J. Beshar
Muhammad U. Faridi
Todd A. Fisher
LaBrenda Carret Nelson
Brendan R. McGuire
Anne Beane Rudman
Andrew A. Shiva
William J. Snipes