First-Year Honors Students from New York Present Research on Global Health and Social Justice at Berkeley College

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Photo Caption A: First-year Berkeley College Honors student Amelia Chan of Pelham Bay, NY, displays her poster depicting her research titled “A Child with Enemy DNA, Live in Fear or Be Sent Away: The Consequences of Operation Babylift.” Ms. Chan was one of nearly 60 high-achieving students who presented their research findings at a Poster Session held at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan 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.

Amelia Chan of Pelham Bay in the Bronx, NY, is pursuing a BBA in Marketing Communications. Her research project was titled A Child with Enemy DNA, Live in Fear or Be Sent Away: The Consequences of Operation Babylift. Operation Babylift was the name given to the mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam to the United States and other countries at the end of the Vietnam War, in April 1975. Through her research Ms. Chan found that many of these bi-racial babies and children grew up illiterate in either Vietnamese or English and experienced identity crises. Some of these Amerasians, though not all, became drug users, spent time in prison or joined gangs.

Ms. Chan explained why she chose this area to research. “I was less decisive about choosing a topic before my teacher showed me how I could find a topic that I am passionate about. I love children and working with them,” Ms. Chan said.

Kiran Ali of Woodside, Queens, NY, is an Accounting major.  Her research was titled The Visible Yet Invisible PTSD in War Affected Children. She studied what has happened to war-affected children in several countries, including Kashmir, Syria and Palestine. “I researched this in hope that I would find refugees experiencing a better future,” Ms. Ali said. “I was shocked to find out that chances of retraumatizing are increasing.”

Photo Caption B: First-year Berkeley College Honors student Kiran Ali of Woodside, Queens, NY, displays her poster presenting her research titled, “The Visible Yet Invisible PTSD in War Affected Children.” Ms. Ali was one of nearly 60 high-achieving students who presented their research findings at a Poster Session held at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan 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 & the Shattered Sense of Justice in the United States; Price Discrimination of Women’s Everyday Needs; Anti-Islamic Discrimination and Anti-Terrorism in America; and Transforming Television: Transgender Portrayals in the Media.

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

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