CONGRESSWOMAN ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ CAPTIVATES THE AUDIENCE AT JOHN JAY COLLEGE
On Thursday, April 18, John Jay students started lining up at 8:00 in the morning, all in anticipation of seeing Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The Gerald W. Lynch Theater was packed with excited students, faculty, and staff ready to hear from the U.S. Representative from New York’s 14th Congressional District. “I’m so excited to see A.O.C. because, I see a lot of myself in her, especially coming from a low-income background,” said John Jay senior Lisa Cho ’19. “Her ascent means that we are open to diversifying fields that once were thought to be only for white, elite men. Seeing her in this position is really amazing.”
Houssaynatou Barry ‘18 wins Fulbright Award to Study Women’s Educational Development in Ghana
One of the most common and most difficult challenges first-generation Americans face is overcoming the perceived shame of identifying with a different culture, ethnicity, or language. A first-generation American of Guinean descent, John Jay alumna Houssaynatou Barry ‘18, has overcome this challenge and her newfound confidence has now earned her a Fulbright Award to study Women’s Educational Development in Ghana.