Students for Ending Mass Incarceration (SEMI)


Formerly Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR)

Students for Ending Mass Incarceration (SEMI) is a student group made up of policy analysts, activists, believers in restorative justice, abolitionists, and practitioners who believe that the criminal legal system, as it stands, does not provide justice. The mission of SEMI is to encourage dialogue within and beyond the NYU community that explores the intersections between the criminal legal system and other areas of public policy. Centering the voices of system-impacted people through panel discussions and connections with advocacy organizations, SEMI provide a forum for sharing information, examining policies, and networking, as part of the larger movement to end our country’s reliance on mass incarceration.


John Gershman

Executive Board 2022-2023

  • Co-Chair: Helena Wippick
  • Co-Chair: Geneva Trovato
  • Co-Chair: Noah Brook
  • Events Chair: Rachael Nisenkier
  • Outreach Chair: Vacant
  • Finance Chair: Vacant
  • Direct Action Co-Chair: Vacant
  • Direct Action Co-Chair: Vacant
  • Communications Chair: Vacant
  • First-Year Representative: Vacant
  • Board Member at Large: Vacant


Interested in getting involved? Complete the SEMI Student Interest Form and a member for the Executive Board will reach out to you. 



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