Faculty Step Up to Help Rising Stars

Faculty Step Up to Help Rising Stars

For many faculty members, the dedication to their students is part of their social justice commitment, worth achieving by contributing in any way they can.

When President Jeremy Travis in 2013 raised the issue of getting faculty to participate in a campaign to raise much-needed funds for a new fellowship, anthropology Professor Alisse Waterston admits that she was puzzled. To say the least, asking her colleagues to donate money in addition to the time and effort they already put in—“blood, sweat, and tears,” in her words—would be a challenge. Yet Waterston also knew that they truly believed in John Jay’s students and CUNY’s pivotal role in public higher education.

“For me personally, part of that larger social justice mission is to understand the sources and consequences of inequality as it affects our students, and doing whatever it takes to address them,” said Waterston. “We teach them, we mentor and nurture them, and sometimes, if we are able, we contribute financially.”

Read full article on the new Justice Matters magazine website.