Special Initiatives and Programs

Special Initiatives and Programs


CUNY JJC Diversity Pre-law Pipeline Programs & JJC University of Houston Law Center Pre-law Pipeline Program

This two-year program is a collaboration between the Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program at St. John’s University School of Law.  It is designed to help increase underrepresented groups in legal education by providing eligible John Jay students (please see guidelines below) with an intensive summer program in the study of law at St. John’s University School of Law. The overall Program is a two-year Program that runs throughout the academic year and over the course of two consecutive summers

Founder & Director
Jodie Roure, JD, PhD
CUNY JJC Diversity Pre-law Pipeline Programs & JJC University of Houston Law Center Pre-law Pipeline Program
Latin American & Latinx Studies Department
Program Coordinators
Magdalena Oropeza & Cayetana Lazcano Etchebarne

Unaccompanied Latin American Minor Project (U-LAMP) 
The Unaccompanied Latin American Minor Project (U-LAMP) is both a research and service project that examines the lives of unaccompanied child and teenage minors who have been apprehended, detained and placed in removal proceedings and their understandings while providing academic, social and legal support to them. Working in conjunction with Safe Passage Project, U-LAMP interns (all but one John Jay student) assist youth, families and attorneys with the preparation of status adjustment, placement in proper educational programs and overall social support and integration. John Jay students receive professional development via New York Law School Immigration Law courses and numerous workshops. CUNY Service Corps and the U.S. Department of Education Undergraduate Studies and Foreign Language program have provided funding.
Director: Professor Isabel Martinez, 212.237.8674

Quintana Roo, Mexico Study Abroad, Winter 2017

During the 16th century the Spanish encountered some of the most advanced civilizations including the Maya of Mexico and Central America. Disease and political conquest, however, rendered the Maya powerless and invisible.  This study-abroad program will integrate student learning through a pedagogical framework of cultural exchange that will make the Maya once again visible by allowing students to interact with modern day Maya communities, hear and learn Maya as a spoken language and participate in traditional Maya celebrations as practiced throughout the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Students will also visit the ancient Maya cities of Tulum and/or Uxmal as well as the Museum of Maya Culture in Chetumal, the capital of Quintana Roo.  In visiting these unique sites students will learn to appreciate difference and allow them to recognize—and then dismiss—stereotypes they may have held  about Mexico’s indigenous populations and see the Maya as part of a connected community of global citizens. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.
Contact: Professor Brian Montes, bmontes@jjay.cuny.edu 

Cuba Study Abroad, Winter 2020

This program is 4-week long with the first week and last week spent on John Jay's campus and the middle 2 weeks spent in La Habana, Cuba. This program will be an opportunity for students interested in Latin America to see and experience firsthand the contours of modern Cuba and the results of a more than half-a-century
experiment, the most ambitious national project for social justice and sovereignty in the history of Latin America, one that has had global implications. Few Americans have the opportunity to experience Cuba firsthand. It is difficult to teach students about the Cuban Revolution and the current conditions in Cuba, given the selectivity of the information that emerges from the island, information filtered through the opaqueness imposed by an embargo and travel restrictions.
Contact: Professor Lisandro Peréz, loperez@jjay.cuny.edu, 212.237.8749