Karla Alfaro is an undergraduate student doing a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Since her freshman year, Karla has been working as a research and teacher assistant in the department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College. Most of her research work has been focused on understanding the
importance of Community Institutional Capacity for Prisoner Reentry.
In the summer of 2011, she interned with the Office of Undergraduate Research and became the youngest intern of the program. She spent her summer working with Professor Beverly D. Frazier to understand how Philadelphia faith-based organizations help ex-offenders to reintegrate into their society
and how these differ from non-faith-based social services.
Under the mentoring of Professor Frazier and along with two faculty members from the Law and Police Science Department, Karla is currently working as a research assistant on a study for Future Trends in Reentry Population. She collects and inputs data; and also helps on literature reviews for a final
publication on this project.
By looking ahead, Karla is planning to pursue a master degree in Criminal Justice/Social Work and subsequently work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
She is confident that the EPIC courses on Biostatistics and Geographic
Information Systems (GIS) will enhance her analytical, management and research
skills. She also considers that these two courses can be applied and are useful
across different disciplines. Therefore, she will be able to put in practice
this learning experience on her future career choice.