Gladys Badia is a determined young woman who wants to disseminate public policy information within the Criminal Justice field. She has been working in Columbia University for over 8 years. She began working as a teenager at the age of 17 at the Center for Educational and Psychological Services (CEPS) at Teachers College, Columbia University. While working at Teachers College she was studying full time at John Jay College of Criminal Justice pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology. CEPS offered educational and psychological services to the New York community at a reasonable price. The services were conducted by graduate students who were enrolled in professional, masters or doctoral degree programs at the college. While at CEPS she began as an intake coordinator and shortly after was promoted to administrative coordinator for two different sites including The Testing Library. The administrative duties included accounts payable for client services rendered. She was responsible for making sure that students, staff and faculty members followed all university and office regulations for compliance purposes.
At age 19, she began working for the Mothers and Newborns Study at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health as a Research Technician. She assisted research workers with administration of questionnaires and escorted participants to hospital facilities for biological sample collections and other medical visits. In 2008, she was promoted to a full time Research Assistant. As a Research Assistant, she follows, establishes rapport, and retains a caseload of 175 participants of the minority population.
At age 21, she graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a Bachelors Degree of Arts in Criminology. Gladys’ Bachelors degree in Criminology motivated her to continue her education and has strengthened her passion to conduct juvenile research within the Criminal Justice system. Receiving this degree made her focus on the injustices that occur to the vulnerable populations in the U.S.
In 2011, Gladys was accepted into Boston University’s Masters of Criminal Justice program. She continues to grow as a professional in her job while gaining experience and added responsibilities. Her master’s degree in Criminal Justice will allow her to guide the community, examine criminal justice concerns using disciplined research methods, evaluate law enforcement policies, and implement change within the minority population in the community.