Women's Center for Gender Justice

Women's Center for Gender Justice

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FYI: Due to COVID-19, the requirement of being eligible once per academic year has been waived. Students who applied before can apply again.

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Application: https://www.jjay.cuny.edu/sites/default/files/contentgroups/accessibility_services/ef_app_2020_0.pdf 

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Our Mission

The Women’s Center for Gender Justice seeks to advance knowledge of gender equity and women’s issues through educational programming, counseling and activism. We collaborate with clubs and organizations at John Jay and throughout the New York City area to promote gender equity, LGBTQ rights, anti-violence education, and reproductive justice. The Women’s Center for Gender Justice is a safe space for all students and their allies, and supportive of student diversity. 

Meet the Staff

Elizabeth Yukins, Director

Erin Thompson, Director (pronouns: she/her)

Erin Thompson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Music. She teaches courses on art crime and law, ancient art and mythology, the history of photography, and the arts in New York City.
Follow her on Twitter @artcrimeprof

Interesting Fact: Erin can operate a backhoe.


Michelle Garcia, Interim Deputy DirectorMichelle Garcia, Interim Deputy Director (pronouns: she/her)

Michelle Garcia is the Interim Deputy Director of the Women’s Center for Gender Justice. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University at Albany as well as her Masters degree in Higher Education and Policy Studies. Prior to her career at John Jay College, Michelle worked for Somos el Futuro a nonprofit organization committed to addressing the needs of the Latinx population of New York State. She executed conferences, workshops, galas and summits bi-annually in Puerto Rico and Albany, New York. Additionally, Michelle is a fierce advocate of violence-prevention education and women’s human rights. At John Jay College, Michelle first worked as the Administrative Executive Coordinator to the Vice Presidents of Enrollment Management. She then worked in the Admissions office as a recruiter covering all of New Jersey followed the Jay Express office assisting students at the front counter.

Interesting Fact: For four years in a roll, Michelle has participated in the 40 mile bike tour in The Bronx.  


Jessica Greenfield HeadshotJessica Greenfield, Women's Center Counselor and Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response Advocate (pronouns: she/her)

Jessica Greenfield is the Women’s Center Counselor and Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response Advocate. She is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in gender-based violence, sexual health, and LGBTQI issues. Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a Master of Science from the Columbia University School of Social Work. At John Jay, she provides advocacy and personal counseling to students, and conducts trainings on Title IX and other topics related to gender justice. Jessica is also a registered yoga teacher and teaches a weekly yoga class for students, faculty, and staff. She has been a passionate advocate for gender justice for as long as she can remember. 

Interesting Fact: Jessica has a three-legged cat, who is also a feminist.


Alison Kaslow, CounselorAlison Kaslow, Women's Center and LGBTQ Counselor (pronouns: she/her)

Alison Kaslow is a licensed social worker, Mental Health Service Corps Member and counselor in the Women’s Center for Gender Justice. Alison earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications from The University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University. Alison has both individual and group counseling experience working in NYC public schools, and the health and fitness field.  Alison has also worked with teachers and administrations in implementing school wide behavior management plans and crisis intervention protocols. Specifically, she specializes in working with LGBTQ youth, clinically and systematically. Alison is also a certified spin instructor and has worked with adults struggling with weight related issues, along with being a published peer contributor to the book “Free Your Child from Overeating.” 

Interesting Fact: Alison doesn’t like any seafood! Bummer.  


Tabashshum Islam Tabashshum Islam 

Raised in New York, Tabashshum Islam loves reading, writing, learning languages, and living in the moment. Working to address human rights initiatives as an interpreter, counselor, researcher, teacher, and facilitator, Tabashshum actively engages in workshops and events to spread awareness about gender-based violence, human trafficking, and workers' rights. She is currently an adjunct lecturer teaching Urban Poverty and Affluence and Urban Diversity at CUNY Queens College, coordinator for Global Scholars, and writer for Pen America in its Dreaming Out Loud program.Tabashshum received her Master’s in Urban Affair/Studies at CUNY Queens College and her Bachelors at SUNY Stony Brook University with majors in Psychology and Asian and Asian-American Studies and minors in South Asian Studies and Korean Studies.