For Current CI Students

Contact Info

General Email Inquiries:

Physical Address:
555 West 57th Street Suite 609B
New York, NY 10019

Postal Address:
College Initiative
P.O. Box 966
New York, NY 10116

Phone Numbers:
Ebony Abel-Brown, Academic Counselor: 646.781.5114
Jessica Jensen, Coordinator of Academic Counseling and Mentoring: 646.781.5113
Ebony Maher, Academic Counselor: 646.781.5115
Carlos Quintana, Program Coordinator: 212.887.6204

Visiting Our Office

CI is located inside the BMW Building, on the campus of John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

We advise you to call ahead and let your academic counselor know you are coming. Please enter 555 West 57th street (57th street between 10th and 11th avenues) and proceed to the Public Safety desk, where your academic counselor will be called and you will be directed to CI’s offices.



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Based on available funds, CI offers student scholarships ranging from $150-$450 to qualifying members of the CI community each semester.

To be eligible for a scholarship, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Involvement with CI for at least one semester
  • Current enrollment in college
  • Completion of at least 12 credits
  • 2.75 GPA or higher
  • Demonstrated active participation in the CI community over the past year, including volunteering, participating in a CI community event, becoming a CI Mentor, acting as a student instructor, and/or participating as a guest speaker at events, orientations, or other outreach activities.

To learn more about the competition, contact Carlos Quintana at 212.887.6204 or


The Victor Hassine Memorial Essay Prize

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This annual prize honors the memory of Victor Hassine, who tragically took his life after 27 long years of confinement in Pennsylvania prisons. During those years, Victor used his creative talent to produce a host of fiction and non-fiction writings on crime and punishment. Victor believed that much of the injustice in the world, especially as seen in our prisons, stems from ignorance. He wrote to dispel that ignorance, to educate and inform, and to move others to action.

Victor Hassine’s legacy lives on in his writings, especially his classic work of social science Life Without Parole: Living and Dying in Prison Today, published by Oxford University Press. The Victor Hassine Memorial Essay Competition is designed to encourage a new generation of young men and women to produce original works on crime and punishment and to use their talents in service of a more just and humane future.

To learn more about the competition, contact Carlos Quintana at 212.887.6204 or