More than 50 Berkeley College Honors Scholars Present Research at Symposium Addressing Unspoken Barriers in Social Justice

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Berkeley College Honors scholars presented their projects and solutions to address the theme Unspoken Barriers in Social Justice at a research symposium held at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan on Friday, August 3, 2018. The Honors Program offers a highly selective, interdisciplinary, and seminar-based educational opportunity to high-achieving students at Berkeley College in New Jersey and New York.


Byron Hargrove, PhD, Director, Berkeley College Honors Program, greeted the presenters, faculty, staff, family and friends, and introduced the program.

“Welcome to Berkeley College, where we are committed to the success of our scholars,” Dr. Hargrove said. “I am both proud and impressed by the work and integrity of these Honors students as they demonstrate their creativity and critical-thinking skills through the projects and work you will see presented here today.”


Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College, presented the scholars with a challenge. “If you don’t write your own story, someone else will write it for you,” he said. “The story you write will be much more exciting and much more passionate than what another person would write about you. So what is your story? Are you aiming toward excellence? Thomas Watson, Chairman and CEO of IBM, said, ‘If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less than excellent work.’ ”


The Berkeley College Honors Program, which includes a rigorous academic component, also requires students to contribute hours toward community service.

Following presentations by the Honors scholars, a reception was held at the Chart House in Weehawken, NJ. Awards were presented to the scholars for academic performance and community service, and alumni, faculty members and support staff were recognized for their accomplishments.


Photo Caption A: (Top) Nadira Khan of South Ozone Park in Queens, NY, speaks about “The Side Effects of Immoral Drug Pricing in America” during the Berkeley College Honors Program research symposium.

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Photo Caption B: Byron Hargrove, PhD, Director, Berkeley College Honors Program, greets presenters, faculty, staff, family and friends at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan on August 3, 2018. More than 50 Honors scholars came together for this symposium to present their research addressing the theme Unspoken Barriers in Social Justice.

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Photo Caption C: Berkeley College Honors scholar Ashley Luna of Brooklyn, NY, presents her poster on “The Impact of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.”

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Photo Caption D: Honors scholars celebrate during a reception held at the Chart House in Weehawken, NJ, on August 3, 2018. The reception followed presentations of research projects by more than 50 Berkeley College Honors students.

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 three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are four campuses – Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. 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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