Berkeley College Students Elevate their Voices for Social Justice

Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
973-278-5400, Ext. 1-5122


Honors Scholars Weigh in on Conversations Surrounding
Immigration, Sexual Bias and Misconduct, Community Policing and the Gender Pay Gap; Receive Accolades after Presenting their Research


Learn More: Honors Program students enjoyed dinner and a reception at the Chart House in Weehawken, NJ, following their research presentations at Berkeley College in New York City on August 8, 2019. Research topics based on the theme “Unspoken Barriers in Social Justice” ranged from immigration issues, sexual bias and misconduct, to community policing and the gender pay gap, among others. To arrange an interview, contact Ilene Greenfield, Director of Media Relations, at

More than 150 Berkeley College Honors students presented research on widely debated topics including immigration, police brutality, human trafficking and the gender pay gap during research symposiums and poster sessions held in August on the topic of “Unspoken Barriers in Social Justice.” The capstone experience for first-year and graduating Honors students develops professional presentation skills and facilitates the pursuit of critical thinking and academic writing. 

“I am proud of the passion and dedication shown by our Honors students in summarizing the important social issues of today,” said Byron Hargrove, PhD, Director of the Honors Program. “With support from our Honors faculty, librarians and Berkeley College writing consultants, we continue to help our Honors students develop their critical thinking, information literacy, research writing and public speaking abilities – skills that will be important in their future careers.”

Christian Sanchez, and Jeremy Jiminez, both first-year Honors students from the Bronx, shared their research presntations, “Societal Decline in Relation to Discrimination,” and “Scarcity of Hispanics in IT.” Mr. Sanchez, whose major is Criminal Justice – Justice Studies, chose the topic because he had witnessed corruption in his community and in the police force while growing up. Mr. Jiminez is majoring in Information Technology Management and recognizes the need for more diversity in his chosen field.


Photo caption: (Above, left) Berkeley College student Christian Sanchez, a first-year Honors student and Justice Studies – Criminal Justice major from Bronx, NY, presents his research about the impact discrimination has on society. (Above, right): First-year Honors student Jeremy Jiminez, a Berkeley College Information Technology management major (standing left in this photo), also from Bronx, NY, with Byron Hargrove, PhD, Director, Berkeley College Honors Program and professor, Humanities and Social Sciences, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts, at the first-year Honors poster presentations in New York City on August 2, 2019.

Tiffany German-Navarro of Brooklyn, NY, titled her research Illegal Immigration: Central America and Mexico’s Cry for Help. “More women and children are fleeing their homelands because of gang-related violence and corruption in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador,” Ms. German-Navarro said. “With this point of view toward asylum seekers, it is complicated and hard for them to become citizens of the United States … It is also against students,” she added.

Anisha Singh of Queens, NY, is an Information Technology Management major in the first-year Honors Program.  Her research was titled, “Emotional Effects of Child Abuse.”  Ms. Singh warned parents to be on the lookout for cyberbullying and its effects.  “People don’t find out until it’s too late,” Ms. Singh said.


Photo Captions: Tiffany German-Navarro of Brooklyn, NY (above, left), and Anisha Singh, of Queens, NY, are first-year Berkeley College Honors students who presented their research on the theme Unspoken Barriers to Social Justice. Ms. German Navarro’s presentation is “Illegal Immigration: Central America and Mexico’s Cry for Help”and Ms. Singh’s research is titled “Emotional Effects of Child Abuse.”  To arrange an interview, contact Ilene Greenfield, Director of Media Relations, at

Additional research topics (among others as well) included:

  • College students, classism and racism
  • Work sexism
  • Climate change
  • The cost of beauty
  • Homelessness among veterans
  • New York City homelessness
  • Animal abuse
  • Racial wealth gap in the U.S.
  • Human rights
  • Abortion restrictions
  • Police brutality
  • Mental illness
  • Environmental effects of fashion
  • Gender and race discrimination in the workplace
  • Medical and health-related ethical issues
  • Gun legislation and control
  • Female genital mutilation
  • Gentrification effects in urban community

The Honors Program is a selective, interdisciplinary and seminar-based educational opportunity offered to a limited number of high-achieving Berkeley College students. The Program includes a rigorous academic component and requires students to contribute hours toward community service.

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