2016 Abby Stein Memorial Lecture hosted by Nico Montano

Most of you realize that you are part of a family here at CUNY BA but here’s an example of just how amazing and close this family is. We’d like to invite you to attend the 2016 Abby Stein Memorial Lecture hosted by the Vera Fellows Program, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York hosted by Nico Montano. What does this have to do with CUNY BA?

Abby Stein was a beloved professor in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at John Jay and a 1991 CUNY Baccalaureate graduate who passed away in 2014. Dr. Stein returned to school after a 15 year absence to receive her GED. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Psychology Summa cum Laude with CUNY Baccalaureate in 1991, in 2000 she earned a Ph.D. in Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Abby touched and enriched many lives and organizations, most notably in her role as the Director of the Vera Fellows Program at John Jay. She was also a very important contributor to CUNY Baccalaureate. Not only did she delight in referring exceptional students to CUNY BA and conferring with the staff, but, to mark the occasion of earning her Doctorate, she established the Abby Stein Award. For 14 years Abby presented this — a $500 award for a graduating CUNY BA / John Jay student who achieved outstanding academic excellence in the social sciences — at CUNY BA’s annual commencement ceremony.

Nico Montano is, well, everything. He graduated from CUNY Baccalaureate in June 2013 with a degree in International Criminology and Psychology of Juvenile Delinquency Summa cum Laude. His academic interests focused on violence exposure and adolescent delinquency, especially among Latino and minority youth. His coursework covered both U.S. and developing countries’ policies on crime and violence, and included an independent study on gangs and international crime solutions. While an undergraduate he interned at the South Bronx Community Connections for Youth, worked on multiple research and development projects at Common Justice, part of the Vera Institute of Justice and participated in the 2012 Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Latino Leadership Initiative. He was a Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellow, a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, a Vera Fellow, a member of the debate team and active member of the John Jay and CUNY BA communities. Most recently, he earned Master’s degrees in Research Methods (Sociology and Social Policy) at the University of Liverpool and Gender, Media and Culture at the London School of Economics as a recipient of the highly competitive Marshall Scholarship.


In Nico’s words, “Using my experience in the UK these past 2 years as a graduate student, I will be speaking on the contradictions and tensions that emerge from being an American in the UK/Europe/Abroad, more specifically as a Latinx Man. I’ll also be speaking about identity as it relates to our understanding of intersectionality, race, gender, colonialism and decolonial theory, as well as how these shape our understandings of social justice work, both within the Academy and without.

2016 Abby Stein Memorial Lecture

Thursday, February 25, 5 PM – 7 PM

Moot Court Room

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

524 W 59th Street

New York, New York 10019


You can RSVP on the event page on Facebook.