Berkeley College Students Attend National Student Leadership Diversity Convention in Jersey City

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Fourteen Berkeley College students explored issues of diversity and leadership at the 3rd Annual Student Leadership Diversity Convention (NSLDC) in Jersey City, NJ on Thursday, July 30, 2015. During their weekend at the convention, the students learned about current tension issues gaining nationwide attention, such as race relations, gender, equality, and immigration. The attendees divided into discussion groups to further the learning and bonding experience.

The NSLDC is the largest national gathering of student leaders and advisors that addresses issues of diversity and social justice on college campuses, according to the group. Through experiential workshops, keynote sessions, and round-table discussions, teams of students explore various elements of diversity and how they affect themselves and their campuses.

“(The convention) was an experience of a lifetime,” said Margaret Murray, a Berkeley College student from Brooklyn. “During some of the sessions, there was not a dry eye in the room.”

In addition to focusing on diversity, the convention gave Berkeley College students an opportunity to branch out and learn about different cultures. Students from across the country attended the convention, helping to bring different perspectives to all discussions. Berkeley College students also were able to explore Jersey City, see new sights, and try new things, like Japanese food.

The student leaders who participated in the conference have been asked to host events at Berkeley College throughout the year to showcase what they learned during the convention. Some of the events include The LGBTQ Experience for National Coming Out Day in October, and My Family Portrait, which will illustrate different family structures and cultural identities.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students – including more than 900 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Graduate Studies in Woodland Park, NJ, which offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management. Students at Berkeley College benefit from a supportive, flexible, diverse learning environment that connects them with workplace experiences in their areas of study and pathways to dynamic careers.

Berkeley College has six New Jersey locations – Clifton, Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In January 2015, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for the second consecutive year. The website address is

Berkeley College Students Attend NSLDC

Photo Caption: Berkeley College students stretch it out during Saturday morning energizers at the National Student Leadership Diversity Convention (NSLDC) in Jersey City. The 4-day convention allowed students to learn about diversity and its different facets.


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