First-Year Honors Students Present Research on Unspoken Barriers in Social Justice at Berkeley College in New Jersey

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Photo Caption A: Berkeley College Pre-Honors First-Year student El-Mehdi Bendriss of Bloomfield, NJ, presents his research at the Research Poster Session held at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ, on July 27, 2018. His research poster was titled “Home of the Brave, Land of the Sick: An Insight into Unfair Healthcare” In all, 91 students presented their posters on topics related to this year’s Honors Program research theme, Unspoken Barriers in Social Justice.

Students in the Pre-Honors First-Year Berkeley College Honors Program presented their research posters at sessions held in Woodland Park, NJ, and Midtown Manhattan on July 27, 2018. Ninety-one high-achieving undergraduate students conducted research on topics related to the theme, Unspoken Barriers in Social Justice. Students chose a range of subject matter that reflected their individual interests, and many spoke with passion about how their own personal experiences influenced their choices of topics.

“You are here to learn, and you have the ability to learn how you learn,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College, in addressing the students. “Know your goal and learn so that you continue to do so throughout the course of your life. The research you present here today shows how you formulate your own thinking. It gives you the ability to communicate and to tell your own story.”

Kimberly Martinez of Paterson, NJ, conducted research titled “Welfare: The Never Ending Cycle for Those Caught in Its Maze.” Ms. Martinez, who is enrolled in the Justice Studies – Criminal Justice program, chose the topic based on her own experience. She cited two such personal incidences.

Bryan Gutierrez of Roselle Park, NJ, attends Berkeley College in Woodbridge, NJ. He also is enrolled in the Justice Studies – Criminal Justice program. The title of his research was “Poetic (in)Justice: Accusing the Court System for the Negative Relationship between Rappers and Cops.” His research illustrated the popularity of rap music in the United States, along with incidences of unwarranted rapper arrests and time served in jail.


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Photo Caption B: Berkeley College Pre-Honors First-Year student Julia Custodio-Ortiz of Woodland Park, NJ, who is enrolled in the Information Technology Management program, presents her research poster titled “Schoolhouse to Jailhouse: How the Education System Funnels Students into the Justice System,” at the Research Poster Session held at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ, on July 27, 2018.



Photo Caption C: Student Gabrielle Kamson of Old Bridge, NJ, with her research poster titled “This is America: Diagnosing the Corruption in Our Healthcare System,” at the Pre-Honors First-Year Research Poster Session held at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ. Ms. Kamson is enrolled in the Health Services Management program in Woodbridge, NJ.

Other research developed by the students addressed varied topics such as the impact of children’s awareness of the LGBTQ+ community; human trafficking; the inflated cost of pharmaceuticals; problems of women in the military; unjust conditions in hospitals and the rights of the mentally ill; modern-day slavery; the contributions of immigrants; and sexual abuse in women’s prisons.

Scholarship and service distinguish the rigorous requirements of the Honors Program at Berkeley College. 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 NJ or Midtown Manhattan and White Plains in 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 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 four New Jersey campuses – 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. For five 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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