USA Today Features Berkeley College Student Striving to Break Down Barriers for Arab-Americans in Law Enforcement in “I Am an American” Series


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Berkeley College student Huda Shalabi was recently selected by national news publication USA Today to be featured in its weekly column, “I Am an American.” The series introduces readers to exceptional Americans who are making a difference to unite, rather than divide, our communities.

Published by 110 of Gannett’s newspapers nationwide, “I Am an American” chronicles Ms. Shalabi’s time at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ, her internship with the Paterson Police Department, and her overall journey to potentially becoming Paterson’s first female Arab officer to wear a hijab.

“I could be a role model to other Arab females in my community,” said Ms. Shalabi, a resident of Paterson, NJ, who is the fourth of 11 children born to Palestinian immigrant parents.

Click here to read USA Today’s “I Am an American” profile on Ms. Shalabi, and click here to watch an accompanying video.

Ms. Shalabi earned her AAS in Justice Studies – Criminal Justice from Berkeley College in May 2017, and is on track to receive her BS in the same field in May 2018. In her final semester, Ms. Shalabi will intern with the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office. “My professors at Berkeley College are my mentors,” Ms. Shalabi said. “These relationships have helped me build confidence as I continue to pursue my dream career.”

Ms. Shalabi will also appear on the public television program “One-on-One with Steve Adubato” on Thursday, December 7, airing at 5:30 p.m. on WHYY, at 7 p.m. on NJTV, and 1 a.m. on WNET – Thirteen. Joined by Professor Gary Krulish, Co-Chair, Justice Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies, Ms. Shalabi will talk to host Steve Adubato about her pursuit of a career in law enforcement, as well as the need for diversity in criminal justice.

Photo Caption: Berkeley College student Huda Shalabi of Paterson, NJ (right), reviews her resume with Professor Gary Krulish, Co-Chair, Justice Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies. Ms. Shalabi was recently selected by national news publication USA Today to be featured in its weekly column, “I Am an American.” (Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Caruso of

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