Introduction of Fall 2013 Cohort

September 18, 2013

The Policy, Oversight and Administration Track of the CUNY doctoral program in criminal justice is pleased to introduce its new incoming students for Fall 2013.  Three of them hold Master’s Degrees from John Jay College; two received both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees from John Jay.

Virginia Diaz-Mendoza

Virginia Diaz-Mendoza

Virginia is a licensed mental health counselor who is actively involved in the academic and professional development of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.  Virginia’s interests include social justice, crime prevention and equal access to education for at risk youth from marginalized communities.  Virginia is a graduate of John Jay College’s MPA program.  She also received a Master’s in Psychology from City College.

Scott Reiners

Scott Reiners

Scott is an Associate Director of Special Projects in the National Office of the American Civil Liberties Union, where he has worked since 2005.  Scott’s research interests include drug policy analysis, particularly decriminalization and legalization.  Scott previously earned an MPA in Policy Analysis and Evaluation from Baruch College, where he graduated first in his class, earning a 4.0 GPA.  Prior to that, Scott received a BA in Psychology at Georgetown University.  He lives in Jersey City with his partner, who earned a PhD in Mathematics from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2009.

Diana Rodriguez

Diana is a graduate of John Jay College, where she received her BA and MA.  Her research interests include terrorism, global violence and crime.  Diana participated in a Department of Homeland Security Career Pathways Scholarship where she researched various facets of terrorism.  She seeks a future career in academia.

John Vespucci

John is an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department at SUNY’s Rockland Community College.  He teaches courses in Multicultural Law Enforcement, Intelligence Gathering & Analysis and Corporate Asset Protection.  A graduate of John Jay’s MPA program, he also holds a BS in Criminal Justice from John Jay.  John is retired from law enforcement, where he served as a deputy sheriff and police officer.  While in law enforcement, John lead the domestic violence unit and the community collaboration which resulted in the area’s first Integrated Domestic Violence Court with a concentration on victim advocacy.