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Berkeley College National Security Forum

Student Learning Moves Beyond the Classroom During Annual National Security Forum



Berkeley College National Security Forum


Berkeley College students enjoyed interacting with security and business professionals during the 2nd Annual National Security Forum, hosted in May 2015 by Berkeley College and co-sponsored by Hackensack University Medical Center.

This marked the second consecutive year that the College brought together public and private leaders to address the topic of national security and communications as they relate to healthcare in a variety of emergency situations. Cyber security of personal information, the spread of infectious diseases, and terroristic threats by explosives were among the topics covered.

“Berkeley College is proud to offer a place for open dialogue, where groups from many disciplines can come together and have discussions that will ultimately strengthen security in our state and nation,” said Michael J. Smith, Berkeley College President. “It is also another opportunity for our students to see how the concepts and theories they are learning in the classroom are applied in the real world.”

Students heard from more than 150 business and healthcare leaders at the 2015 forum. Keynote speaker Christopher Rodriguez, Ph.D., Director, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, spoke about recent threats to healthcare facilities and the ongoing challenges facing law enforcement officials. The event included two panel discussions led by moderators Clifton R. Lacy, M.D., FACC, FACP, Director, Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and Joseph Bruno, J.D., Vice President of Emergency Management, RedLand Strategies, Inc. and Former Commissioner, New York City Office of Emergency Management.

“When students attend an event like this, they are exposed to a high level of engagement that moves them beyond what they are learning in the classroom or from books,” said Lenore Molee, J.D., Dean, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies. “This is true for students from all disciplines of study because they are hearing from academics and professionals who are dialoguing about societal issues that affect us all.”

Berkeley College Honors student Nicole Vargas, who is enrolled in the Justice Studies – Criminal Justice program, was grateful for the opportunity to engage with criminal justice experts during this year’s forum.

“We were able to ask about what was on our minds and about what concerns us as students in this particular field,” Ms. Vargas said. “This gives us an edge when it comes to our time to step into this world.”

Click here for more information about the 2nd Annual National Security Forum sponsored by Berkeley College.