President Obama Applauds Hispanic-Serving Institutions

President Obama Applauds Hispanic-Serving Institutions

President Obama Applauds Hispanic-Serving Institutions

John Jay’s Adelante! Program Supports Student Success

As proud a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) and the Hispanic Education Technology Services consortium (HETS), John Jay applauds President Barack Obama’s proclamation designating September  14-20 as National Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Week. According to the proclamation, “Hispanics are projected to account for almost one-third of our Nation's population by 2060, and ensuring they have access to the best education possible is important to securing America's success.”

With a student body that is 39% Hispanic, John Jay’s Adelante! program supports student success with goal-oriented planning at every step of their academic journey. Through classwork, service-learning and leadership training workshops, students interested in Latina/o issues are given the knowledge, skills, and experiences that prepare them for successful careers or graduate coursework.  Students begin the program with a Latino Justice-themed first year seminar and their English 101 course and then participate in the Adelante Edge workshop series while completing their English 201 course. The program prepares them to apply for internships, scholarships and special opportunities as early as the second semester of the freshman year.

Six students who participated in the Adelante! program during their freshman year were recently accepted to John Jay College Honors Program as sophomores.  The students are:

  • Magdalena Oropeza
  • Lesley Fernandez
  • Brenda Almaraz
  • Nathaly Ramirez
  • Salvador Cornejo Castillo
  • Cynthia Gavidia.


All Adelante! students build electronic portfolios that documents their academic and professional achievements which can be used when applying for special opportunities.

Adelante! is a partnership between CUNY's CREAR Futuros Program, the department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies and the office of Student Academic Success Programs at John Jay College.

In addition to the Adelante! program , John Jay offers several other student-centered opportunities, including the Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program, the Unaccompanied Latin American Minor Project (U-LAMP) and the La Voz Student Club, as well as funding to support student internships and events. John Jay’s Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math (PRISM), which fosters deep mentoring relationships between students and faculty, is contributing to increased diversity in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.


About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit