“Our work and your support is crucial to make sure that we are reaching as many young people as possible so they don’t become targets of hate or before they’re recruited to participate in hate groups. Your support helps us fight bias, bigotry and discrimination,” said Elizabeth Williams-Riley, CEO and President, American Conference on Diversity.
Kevin Luing, Board Chairman of Berkeley College, accepted the Legacy Award on behalf of his family, and thanked the American Conference on Diversity for its service to education, business and the community. Besides the Luing family members and Berkeley College staff, several Berkeley College students were in attendance.
“The students here are representative of our student body and are our ambassadors tonight,” said Mr. Luing. “The vast majority of our students are students of color … They have come to Berkeley College to better their lives by preparing for careers and for our help assisting them in getting jobs during school, upon graduation, and for the rest of their careers. We provide some students opportunities they might not otherwise have.”
In addition to honoring the Luing family, this year the American Conference on Diversity paid tribute to four other leaders who helped further the organization’s mission. They included Seham Abdala, Director, Islamic Networks Group of New Jersey, who received the Interfaith Diversity Champion Award; Jennifer Allyn, Diversity Strategy Leader, PwC, who received the Corporate Ambassador Award; Deborah Dagit, Principal, Deb Dagit Diversity, who received the Diversity Ambassador Award; and Sue Henderson, Ocean Township High School Counselor, who received the Education Diversity Champion Award.
The annual event helps generate funds to provide scholarships for students and schools throughout New Jersey to participate in the yearlong Lead for Diversity (LFD) initiative, which prepares youth to deal with the current discourse our country faces with race relations and other issues of injustice, impacting an estimated 20,000 students, corporate and community leaders each year. The mission of the American Conference on Diversity is to build just and inclusive schools, workplaces and communities through awareness, education and advocacy.
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 locations – 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 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for the third consecutive year. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.