Berkeley College to Host 17th Annual Diversity Issues in Higher Education Conference


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Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy, Ramapough Lunaape Chief Dwaine Perry,
Author Eileen Gale Kugler and Other Social Justice Leaders to Share Perspectives
on How to Tackle Today's Climate of Hate 

The American Conference on Diversity has set “Making Meaning of Today’s Cultural Climate” as the theme of the 17th annual Diversity Issues in Higher Education Conference. This year’s conference will be held at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ, on Friday, November 17, 2017.

“Berkeley is proud to partner with the American Conference on Diversity to host the 17th Annual Diversity Issues in Higher Education Conference,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “Diversity and inclusion are responsibilities we all share.  We believe teaching and learning build the road to respect and inspire progress in our society.”

The full-day program will include a keynote address from Wes Bellamy, EdD, Vice Mayor of Charlottesville, VA. The youngest individual to ever be elected to the Charlottesville City Council, Dr. Bellamy witnessed firsthand the tragic events of August 12, 2017, and continues to address racial issues in the current climate of hate in the community.

Dr. Bellamy’s keynote address will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by James Harris, Past President, NAACP, New Jersey. Panelists include Dwaine Perry, Chief, Ramapough Lunaape Tribe; Eileen Gale Kugler, author of Innovative Voices in Education; Paul Cell, Vice President, International Association of Chiefs of Police; Kavita Mehra, Executive Director, Sakhi for South Asian Women; and Mary Chayko, Professor and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University.

The conference will also feature several breakout sessions that will focus on the complexities of diversity, inclusion and equity. Subjects include “The Legacy of Activism and Resistance: Tools & Strategies,” “How Do We Create Inclusive Communities?” and “Our Voices … Our Issues Student Panel.”

“We are at a pivotal point in history right now,” said Elizabeth Williams-Riley, President and CEO, American Conference on Diversity. “Engaging in critical and courageous dialogue is a pathway to dismantling systemic and institutional oppression. This conference will serve as the intersection of our differences and provide space for voices to be heard and direction toward more inclusiveness in the future.”

Conference fees, including breakfast and lunch, are $65 for the general public and $35 for students (ID required at the door). To register go to: no later than November 10, 2017.

For those interested in exhibiting or sponsorship at this conference, email

About Berkeley College
A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,100 students – including more than 440 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s and Associate’s 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, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ. Berkeley College has five New Jersey campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. The website address is

About the American Conference on Diversity
The American Conference on Diversity is dedicated to building just and inclusive schools, workplaces, and communities through awareness, education, and advocacy. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1948 as the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Today the programs, services, and initiatives of the American Conference on Diversity are among the most important work focused on creating a more inclusive society. It is the unfinished business of living in a highly diverse nation: educating and empowering our next generation of leaders, enhancing our workplaces, and helping to create inclusive communities. Visit to learn more.

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