Berkeley College Receives Community Award From American Conference on Diversity



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The Central Jersey Chapter of the American Conference on Diversity awarded Berkeley College its 2009 Community Service Award at the Business and Youth Dinner on Thursday, March 19, at the Woodbridge Hotel and Conference Center in Iselin.
College President Dario A. Cortes, PhD, and Chairman of the Board Kevin L. Luing accepted the award for the College.
“As a college that values diversity and seeks to create an inclusive community both within our campuses and in society at-large, I am proud to receive this award on behalf of Berkeley College,” said Dr. Cortes. “We are all charged with the responsibility of becoming global citizens, but it is not until we promote mutual respect and understanding among all people that we can truly define ourselves as such.”
“On behalf of the 2009 Humanitarian of the Year nominating committee and members of the Central Jersey Chapter Board of Directors, I want to extend our congratulations and appreciation for the outstanding work of Berkeley College in serving the overall best interests of our community,” said Dinner Co-Chairs Robert Durso and Carol Hila, and American Conference on Diversity Chapter Chair Bernadette Sohler, in a statement.
This past year was a very active one for Berkeley College in terms of community service. The Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation — to cite a few — were among the many organizations supported by the College. Blood drives were held to sustain the Community Blood Center of New Jersey, and food and toy drives supported community members in need during difficult economic times.
In May Berkeley students, staff and family joined together to support the American Conference on Diversity’s youth programs by raising funds and taking part in the organization’s Diversity Stride Walk. The College is already making plans to repeat this effort in 2009.
The American Conference on Diversity, which follows Mahatma Gandhi’s credo that we should be the change we wish to see in the world, is dedicated to valuing diversity, educating and empowering leaders, and promoting inclusion and respect in local communities.
Berkeley College was a Silver Sponsor for the Business and Youth Dinner, which supports educational efforts by the American Conference on Diversity, including youth forums, workplace diversity programs, and Lead for Diversity, the Diversity Youth Leadership Institute’s flagship program in New Jersey high schools.
A leader in business education for 78 years, Berkeley College currently maintains an enrollment of over 7,200 students, with more than 700 international students in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has four New Jersey campuses located in Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson), Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark; two New York campuses in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains; and an Extension Center in Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area. In addition, the College offers Berkeley College Online™ and its Corporate Learning Partnership program. All campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College’s website address is

Photo Caption: Berkeley College Chairman of the Board Kevin L. Luing receives the Community Award from American Conference on Diversity Dinner Co-Chair Carol Hila on behalf of the College.
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