My name is Nanci Ávalos Omaña and I’m officially a senior! I’m both excited and terribly upset that this will be my last year at John Jay. I came here as a transfer student from Borough of Manhattan Community College and John Jay was the best decision I ever made. My major is Spanish – Legal Translation and Interpretation with a minor in Digital Media and Journalism.
My very small interest in journalism, as a transfer, led me to take a journalism class. From there, that interest grew enough that it paved the way to me declaring journalism as a minor. Today, it’s become a profession I want to make my own. The dream is to go into Spanish-language journalism.
I now officially present myself as the President and Editor-In-Chief of the John Jay Sentinel. My plans for the Sentinel, this academic year, are big ones. You may have already noticed that it looks quite different from what you’ve seen previously. Well, all I can state is stay tuned for more!
The Sentinel team and I are excited to serve the John Jay student community and bring them news they can use!
Eduardo Garcia Castañeda is a senior here at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He double Majors in Latin American and Latina/o Studies and Criminal Justice.
Garcia is a first-generation Mexican whose family migrated to the United States from Mexico City. He brings to the executive board of editors a passion for immigrant justice, money management, and the ability of writing. His legal experience has been primarily focused on representing and advocating for immigrants and refugees in the United States. Garcia is a former Rossana Rosado Fellow (2017-2018) where he worked at the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights and a current VERA Fellow (2018- 2019) through which he will provide direct services to survivors of domestic violence and those seeking asylum.
Garcia is very excited the upcoming year, to read the work of many of the journalism students seeking to publish their exceptional articles.
Debbie Chan is the new secretary for this year’s Fall 2018 to Spring 2019 semester. Chan majors in Philosophy and double minoring in Digital Media and Journalism and Sociology. With Journalism, Chan wants to become a documentarist become a documentarist because she enjoys telling stories and sharing the experiences of others. She believes that we can all learn from one another, and motion pictures are an extension of written and photographic communications.
Chan hopes to bring to the table is a pair of fresh eyes to the way we receive news and information. Since the newspaper will become both an online platform and magazine, the team hopes to increase their interactiveness with the students by using new layouts that they are more familiar with.