Register Now: Social Justice Forum at Berkeley College in Newark Will Address Issues Facing Hispanic Communities

Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
973-278-5400, ext. 1-5122




The New Jersey Center for Empowerment and Community Development (NJCECD) will host Part Two of its Hispanic Leadership Forum Breakfast at Berkeley College in Newark, NJ, on August 22, 2016. 

The event, hosted by Berkeley College in collaboration with Pillar College, is expected to bring together educators, Hispanic leaders, faith-based leaders and business and community representatives to discuss topics in social justice. 

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn from experts and each other on various issues of importance to the Hispanic community such as juvenile justice, prison re-entry, bail reform, healthcare, immigration, education, business and religious freedom. Participants will network with government, corporate and education officials from Berkeley College, Pillar College, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, and others. 

Date and Time:
Monday, August 22, 2016
Breakfast and Check-In – 8:30 to 9 a.m.
Program – 9 a.m. to 12 noon 

Berkeley College
536 Broad Street
Newark, NJ

Camelia Valdes, Passaic County Prosecutor
Margarita Rivera, Assistant Prosecutor, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office
Moya Bansile, Professor, Legal Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies
Ralph Grant, PhD, Vice President, Operations and Public Affairs, Pillar College  
Paul Perez, CEO/President, Partnerships For Trenton
Gerardo Mejia, Mejia Law Firm

Forum Moderator: Maria Teresa Montilla, PhD, President, The Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey

Guest Speaker: Rev. Jose C. Lopez, CEO/President New Jersey Center for Empowerment and Community Development

Morning Invocation:  Father George Greiss, first priest to establish a Coptic church in Bayonne, NJ

Musical Artist: Rhonda Reid

To Register:
There is no cost to attend the event. Seating is limited and registration is required. To register, email Rev. Jose C. Lopez at Press and Berkeley College students or staff should email Kelly Depsee, Associate Director, Communications and External Relations, at Attendees should include their name, title, organization, email address and phone number. 

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,300 students – including more than 700 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate 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 a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ. 

Berkeley College has five New Jersey campuses – Dover, 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. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, both for the third consecutive year. The website address is

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