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Elizabeth Cayton Broccoli, JD, Coordinator of Fellowship Programs

null Ms. Broccoli is the Coordinator of Fellowship Programs at the Office of Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities. She holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from Boston University and a J.D. from Tulane University Law School. Ms. Broccoli has lived in the Netherlands where she studied international criminal law and human rights. She provides one-to-one advisement to students and alumnae/i interested in pursuing fellowship and scholarship opportunities.

 

Vielka V. Holness, JD, MPA, Director

OFSO@jjay.cuny.edu

Ms. Holness is the Director of the Pre Law Institute and the Office of Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from New York University (Politics and Psychology), a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan School of Law and a Master's of Public Administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Ms. Holness leads the efforts of the Office of Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities to make the John Jay community aware of fellowship and scholarship opportunities and she works directly with students on their application materials./span>

 

Melanie Monzon, Administrative Assistant

Melanie MonzonMelanie Monzon is the Administrative Assistant of the Pre Law Institute and the Office of Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities. Melanie attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice, majoring in Criminology. In 2013, Melanie graduated with summa cum laude honors, the Alex Smith Award for Excellence in Criminology, and the Interdisciplinary Studies Program Graduation Award. While an undergraduate, Melanie worked at, the law firm of Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe LLP. Melanie provides administrative support to the Pre Law Institute and the Office of Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities and assists students in making use of both offices’ services. Currently, Melanie also works as an office assistant at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus, and Moverman P.C.

Richard Ocejo, PhD, Faculty Fellowships Advisor

Richard OcejoProfessor Ocejo earned his doctorate in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and joined the faculty in fall 2009. His primary research interests are on the interrelationship between culture and economy in contemporary cities. He specifically use the formation of nightlife scenes as an analytical lens for examining a broad range of urban issues, such as gentrification, contestations over community, the use of public space, the formation of cultural communities, and urban growth policies. Professor Ocejo has also conducted research on social interactions in the public space of the subway. His teaching covers an even broader range of topics that relate to the city, more general subjects in sociology, and sociological research methods, with an emphasis on qualitative methods and ethnography. Professor Ocejo is currently working on a research project that examines the reinvention and incorporation of new cultural meanings into old working-class occupations. This ongoing work focuses on the attitudes and practices of people in several of these occupations to reveal emerging patterns of cultural production and consumption and the changing nature of cultural work in the postindustrial economy. Professor Ocejo provides one-to-one advisement to students and alumnae/i interested in pursuing fellowship and scholarship opportunities and he also leads interactive workshops that offer students advice as they prepare personal statements and fellowship proposals for fellowship applications.

Antonio (Jay) Pastrana Jr., Faculty Fellowships Advisor

Antonio PastranaProfessor Pastrana’s research interests are in sexualities, race, and human rights. He is currently a co-investigator on a multi-year research project titled Social Justice Sexuality Initiative, which seeks to build knowledge about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people of color in the United States. His previous work examines the role of intersectionality and race-based marginalization within lesbian and gay activism in the U.S. Throughout, Professor Pastrana has connected with a vast number of lesbian and gay people of color leaders, organizations, and groups and he has served as an organizer for such national conferences as "Crossing Boundaries, Workshopping Sexualities" (Denver, CO; 2012), “Race/Sex/Power: New Movements in Black and Latina/o Sexualities” (Chicago, IL; 2008) and “Afro-Latino: Definitions and Departures” (New York, NY; 2006). His work has been supported by the Research Foundation of CUNY, Ford Foundation, and Arcus Foundation, and his academic work has been published in Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, Journal of African American Studies, Race, Gender & Class, The Journal of Negro Education, and Sexuality Research and Social Policy. Professor Pastrana provides one-to-one advisement to students and alumnae/i interested in pursuing fellowship and scholarship opportunities and he also leads interactive workshops that offer students advice as they prepare personal statements and fellowship proposals for fellowship applications.