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BERKELEY COLLEGE TO HONOR REFUGEE AND ADVOCATE
Tamba D. Aghailas is a voice for the disenfranchised citizens of Africa
Berkeley College will honor alumnus Tamba D. Aghailas with the 2015 Alumni of the Year award during its Commencement ceremony on April 24, 2015. The award will be presented at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, where more than 2,300 aspiring professionals will be recognized for earning degrees and certificates from Berkeley College.
The Alumni of the Year award is presented annually to a Berkeley College graduate who has enjoyed professional success and community fulfillment. Mr. Aghailas, the survivor of a civil war that lasted for 15 years, has dedicated his life to advocacy for the refugees and disenfranchised citizens of Africa.
A native of Liberia, he moved intermittently to Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast and Guinea during outbreaks of fighting. He came to the United States on a student visa sponsorship, earning an Associate in Science and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Berkeley College, where he served as President of the International Students Association and was a member of the Men’s Soccer team. He later earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College, the City University of New York.
Mr. Aghailas currently lives in New York City and serves as Country Head, Human Resources and Program Operations, for BRAC Liberia, a development organization dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor and helping them to bring about positive change. He previously held positions with the International Rescue Committee and The Voice of Liberia, an organization he founded to promote the socioeconomic rights of the women and children of Liberia.
Mr. Aghailas also has worked to address the global Ebola health crisis and recently shared his experiences with the Berkeley College community during a lecture titled “Liberia’s Future in the Face of Ebola.”
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 comprises 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.
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Photo Caption: Berkeley College will honor alumnus Tamba D. Aghailas with the 2015 Alumni of the Year award during its Commencement ceremony on April 24, 2015. Mr. Aghailas, a survivor of the Liberian civil war that lasted for 15 years, has dedicated his life to advocacy for the refugees and disenfranchised citizens of Africa.
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