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MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2015
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COMMUNITY ACTIVIST WILL SERVE AS STUDENT SPEAKER DURING
Nicole Singletary spearheads grassroots activism in Newark, NJ
Nicole Singletary, a community activist and resident of Newark, NJ, will serve as the student speaker for the Berkeley College Class of 2015 during the Commencement ceremony on April 24, 2015. Ms. Singletary will deliver her speech at the Prudential Center, where more than 2,300 aspiring professionals will be awarded degrees and certificates from Berkeley College.
In her Commencement remarks, Ms. Singletary will discuss her decision to return to school after facing unemployment and her determination to improve lives in her hometown of Newark. In 2012, she founded I.T.V. It Takes a Village, Inc., a community-based nonprofit that seeks to reintegrate non-violent offenders positively into society as well as to boost self-sustainability and economic development in Newark neighborhoods.
“I’ve always been conscious of my surroundings growing up in the Central Ward of Newark,” she tells the graduates in her prepared comments. “This is where I received the emotional intelligence and resiliency to combat losing my job, and so I looked at the societal issues impacting my community and many other inner cities in America. The problems of society now rest on our shoulders. We need to find sustainable solutions for a better tomorrow.”
Ms. Singletary was exposed to grassroots activism by her parents at an early age and has partnered with community, government and educational groups throughout the city in her endeavors. In 2014, these efforts included everything from farming locally grown produce in vacant city lots to educating residents on national disaster preparedness.
Bessie Walker, Senior Aide to Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka and former Newark Councilwoman, said she has worked with Ms. Singletary, who she affectionately calls “Nikki,” many times.
“I am so proud of Nikki, who stepped out on faith and started her own nonprofit to give back to the residents of this city,” said Ms. Walker. “She is a bright example to young people that if you want, you can achieve your dreams and really make a difference in your community.”
Ms. Singletary received a BS in Management – Entrepreneurship from Berkeley College in June 2014. She is a member of the Sigma Beta Delta and Alpha Sigma Lambda national honor societies, is active in the Student Government Association, and has been named to the Berkeley College President’s List, which recognizes students who achieve a grade point average of 4.0.
A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students – including more than 900 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College comprises the Larry L. Luing School of Business, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Graduate Studies in Woodland Park, NJ, which offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management. Students at Berkeley College benefit from a supportive, flexible, diverse learning environment that connects them with workplace experiences in their areas of study and pathways to dynamic careers.
Berkeley College has six New Jersey locations – Clifton, Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In January 2015, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for the second consecutive year. The website address iswww.BerkeleyCollege.edu
Photo Caption A: Nicole Singletary,a community activist and resident of Newark, NJ (right), works with fellow Berkeley College volunteers in the Ujimaa Garden, one of her community initiatives on Morris Avenue in Newark, NJ. Ms. Singletary will serve as the student speaker for the Class of 2015 during the Berkeley College Commencement ceremony on April 24, 2015.
Photo Caption B: Nicole Singletary, a community activist and resident of Newark, NJ, will serve as the student speaker for the Class of 2015 during the Berkeley College Commencement ceremony on April 24, 2015. Ms. Singletary is Founder and Executive Director of ITV It Takes a Village, Inc., a community-based nonprofit that seeks to reintegrate non-violent offenders positively into society as well as to boost self-sustainability and economic development in Newark, NJ, neighborhoods.
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