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THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 2017
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FIRST-YEAR HONORS STUDENTS FROM NEW JERSEY PRESENT RESEARCH ON GLOBAL HEALTH AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Photo Caption A: First-year Berkeley College Honors student Aliaa Metawee of Fairview, NJ, displays her poster depicting her research project titled “Covered, But Not a Terrorist: Anti-Islamic Discrimination and Violence in America.” Ms. Metawee was one of nearly 60 high-achieving students who presented their research findings at a Poster Session held at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ, on July 28, 2017.
Students in the First-Year Berkeley College Honors Program presented their research posters at sessions held in Woodland Park, NJ, and Midtown Manhattan on July 28, 2017. Nearly 60 high-achieving undergraduate students conducted research on topics related to the curriculum themes of Global Health and Social Justice, which highlighted a range of subject matters that reflected the students’ individual interests. Many of the students spoke with passion about how the research process through which their professors led them became an eye-opening experience.
Aliaa Metawee of Fairview, NJ, is pursuing a BS in Legal Studies. Her research project was titled Covered, But Not a Terrorist: Anti-Islamic Discrimination and Violence in America.” Through her research Ms. Metawee found that hate crimes directed toward Muslims increased 584 percent from 2014 to 2016, more than ever before, including after the 9/11 attacks.
Ms. Metawee explained why she chose this area to research. “People usually see someone who is covered or who is Muslim as a threat to society, when really they are just like anyone else,” she said. “I wanted to raise awareness about the issue, and show the different kinds of discrimination and statistics about the violence going on.”
Jessica Bello of Bloomingdale, NJ, is pursuing BFA in Interior Design. Her research project was titled Not So “Pretty in Pink” Tax: Price Discrimination of Women’s Everyday Needs.”
“I chose this topic because I am a female consumer affected by this on a daily basis,” Ms. Bello said. “I could be getting a haircut and I’ll always wonder why I am paying so much for it. There could be both men and women at the same hair salon getting the same amount of hair cut off, yet the men tend to pay around $15 while women pay around $60.”
Photo Caption C: First-year Berkeley College Honors student Donald Hetmanski of Carteret, NJ, displays his poster, presenting his research project titled, “Chill Out: The Importance of Relaxation for Development in Teens and Young Adults.” Mr. Hetmanski was one of nearly 60 high-achieving students who presented their research findings at a Poster Session held at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ, on July 28, 2017.
Other examples of research topics chosen by the students included Controversy Behind Displaying the Confederate Flag; Fashion Inclusiveness: Get a Clue to Include; Patriot: Terrorism and the Shattered Sense of Justice in the United States; Transforming Television: Transgender Portrayals in the Media; A Child with Enemy DNA, Live in Fear or Be Sent Away; and The Visible Yet Invisible PTSD in War-Affected Children.
The rigorous requirements of the Honors Program at Berkeley College are distinguished by scholarship and service. First-Year Honor students must maintain a GPA of 3.00 or higher and complete three consecutive Honors Seminars from the fall to spring terms at Berkeley College at one of four campuses: Woodbridge and Woodland Park in New Jersey or Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, NY. The students must also complete 10 or more hours of documented community service from the fall to spring terms.
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 8,000 students – including more than 550 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 three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are five campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For four consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
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