Club Profile: Organization of Justice Studies


Chantelle Boateng, Copy Editor

Utica College is an institution that houses multiple organizations to empower students and the UC community. One of these organizations is the Utica college Organization of Justice Studies (OJS).

The OJS was created for students studying in programs such as criminal justice, cybersecurity and criminal intelligence analysis. The purpose of the organization is to advocate for these programs through recreational, educational and service events outside of the classroom.

The program aids students in obtaining real-life experience through service and traveling to visit locations that are connected to the majors of its members.

“We strive to bring the justice studies field to life for members, gaining priceless memories along the way as well as a great addition to their resumes and service portfolios,” said junior and president of OJS Celeste Cook.

Although the OJS mainly focuses on service and helping students gain experience, the organization also travels.

This past weekend, members took a trip to Washington D.C. to gain insight on what takes place at the FBI, as well as the Secret Service. The purpose of the trip was to give members a chance to visit the FBI’s National Academy at the U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia. The group also visited the Secret Service’s James J. Rowley Training Center.

This trip can be viewed as an exciting, but James Brown, a professor of criminal justice and advisor to the OJS, wanted the attendees to learn something valuable.

“I would like those attending to take away the importance of relationship building throughout their lives and careers, the positive exposure to the history of our nation’s capital region and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create memories by visiting these closed-to-the-public facilities at the FBI National Academy in Quantico and the United States Secret Service Training Facility in Laurel and their headquarters facility in downtown in Washington D.C.,” Brown said.

While some students might feel this is an excuse for members of the organization to get off campus, the trip is done in order to give the students an opportunity to network with those who are already in the field.

“This is a great way for students who may be interested in working for either of the federal agencies someday,” Cook said. “They will get a chance to learn the necessary steps they need to take if they are interested in working for the agencies as well as the opportunity to ask questions directed to those in the field.”

Sophomore Casey Hourican found the trip to be a great learning experience.

“I took part in this trip in order for me to establish connections with those already in the work field that I would like to hopefully hold a career in,” Hourican said. “As well as the private tours we had during this trip, [which] are once in a lifetime opportunities.”

The webmaster for OJS and senior Willermine Taluote has similar views regarding the program as Hourican.

The organization offers various networking opportunities, and it keeps me active on and off campus,” Taluote said. “I had the opportunity to visit Quantico and the supreme court down in Washington DC, the Utica Police Department and the Utica 911 center, the State Trooper Academy down in Albany and the NYPD. I was able to participate in community service with the organization as well.

Those interested in the joining the OJS can go to Pioneer Place to request to become a member. The next meeting will be held on Monday, April 23, at 5 p.m in Carbone Auditorium.

If you have questions about joining, you can contact advisor Dr. James Brown at [email protected] or president Celeste Cook at [email protected]