• Education Is Our Most Powerful Weapon

    Attending John Jay to enter the field of Law Enforcement was my plan B. I had completed my undergrad as a dual major and didn’t see the purpose in going back to school for education. It was summer 2010, I was writing a paper on Stop & Frisk for my Policy Analysis course and as I sat in the library reviewing the statistics on the impact of this policy in my borough, I paused for a second. I thought to myself who the hell would create such a policy. As I researched further, I realized that this policy was around for some time but wasn’t identified as “Stop & Frisk”.…

  • Johari’s Window Let Your Blind Self Become Your Public Self… Work!

    No better time than now to do some reflecting. My less than 24-hour breakup along with the issues that have been raised in the last two weeks at my place of employment have caused me to look at myself and reflect, why do I find myself in these unfortunate situations, what am I supposed to learn? In class, today Johari’s Window was introduced by my professor. He conducted a class activity to help us understand the importance of self-reflection as an administrator. There are four domains that identify the level of self-awareness.   Public Self Information about yourself that you and others know   Blind Self Information you don’t know…

  • Kindness Goes A Long Way

    After the first 6 weeks of school, choose a student once a week and post a picture of them in your classroom. Allow their peers to use post-its to share anonymous positive comments. Don’t force students to share. If there are only a few students who choose to share, add some comments too. Allow the student to take the mini poster home after the week is over.

  • It Pays to Pay Attention

    We all have our ups and downs and so I can’t expect that every single student who walks through my door is ready to learn. There mind can be in a different space, for a number or reasons. This morning a student of mine walked in dressed as if she was going to an interview. I said to her “Good morning, you look very professional today” She smiled and said good morning. During the lesson I noticed that she looked a bit sad. I wrote a note on a post-it so that I could check in, without having to draw attention to her. She responded and at the end of…

  • Keep Going.

    I was feeling so discouraged last night due to the low turnout at our community board meeting. I’ve come to realize that even with great ideas people may not be as passionate about change as I am. I myself am guilty of not following through in other areas of my life and I am making a conscious effort to do better. If the topic isn’t hot anymore, there are too many obstacles, or we’ve just grown bored, we tend to focus elsewhere and in the end, we never finish what we set out to do. I was glad to see the few people who did show up for support as…

  • Women Empowerment

    Women Empowerment Speed Mentoring Event at John Jay College of Criminal Justice John Jay College of Criminal Justice. My old stomping ground. I was honored to be invited by my old mentor Ms. Mitchell to Work alongside 29 other purposeful women to mentor young woman, last March. All that talent in one space, I myself,  found inspiration. One reminder I received that evening was not to let everyone know my plans. Something my mother use to tell me. This and some more great advice that would help with my career, was told to me by a fellow first-generation, New York native, Danielle Jones. Passionate, Driven, Hardworking and Accomplished. She had…

  • Miss Independent

    Yes. I enjoy my alone time. I love going out by myself as much as I enjoy spending time with family and friends. When I am interested in something I go for it even if it means doing it alone. Independent. Maybe I used the wrong word when my date asked me to describe something interesting about myself.  I was somewhat shocked when his response began with “well that’s a problem…” I thought to myself, being independent is a problem? You said just a few moments before that you would not date a woman if she wasn’t ambitious. Don’t the two go hand and hand. How can you be ambitious…