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Statement from the Office of the President 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum

Benedict College is honored to have been selected by the 2020 Bipartisan Justice Center as the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to serve as the host site-location for the 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum (PJF) events October 25-27, 2019. Allen University served as the 2015 HBCU host site-location. We are excited for our students who will witness, first-hand, this historical bipartisan engagement. Most of all, the PJF Second Step Presidential Forum focused on Criminal Justice Reform, will serve as tangible evidence for our students of how diversity of thought and positive social action work together in the democracy of our country. Most important, Columbia and Benedict College are positioned at the epi-center of the 2020 Presidential campaign engagements. ###Benedict CollegeBenedict College will be a leader in providing transformative learning experiences for a diverse student body, defined by superior cultural, and professional competencies that are nurtured and developed by faculty, staff, and stakeholders who value innovation, customer service, community, and industry engagement.  Founded in 1870, Benedict College is approaching its 150 years of providing high quality academic programs to students who desire to pursue their program of study in a diverse academic environment.  Benedict College offers its students transformative academic programs, in an innovative, technology enhanced, student focused, culturally sensitive learning environment.  The College is committed to preparing students to enter the global marketplace with exceptional cultural and professional competencies that will enable them to contribute to the sustainability and economic growth of their communities.   Benedict offers 25 high-demand academic programs, including, Computer Science, Engineering, Cyber Security, Mass Communication, Sport Management, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Biology and Education. In addition to its academic programs, Benedict College is home to the standard-setting Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) program that is strategically designed to prepare Benedict College students for success in a rapidly changing, highly competitive and technology driven workplace. CPI’s mission is to transform student scholars into focused, highly skilled critical thinkers, who are experts in their field of study and, more importantly, are intellectually adept and resilient enough to assume jobs that do not yet exist! In 2019, at the 101st Annual Meeting of the American Council on Education (ACE), Benedict College was awarded the ACE/Fidelity Institutional Transformation Award in Higher Education. Benedict College is also the reigning HBCU of the Year, an award by HBCU Digest.  Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, serves as the Fourteenth President and CEO of Benedict College. Dr. Artis is the first-female President of the College.  For Information Contact:Ceeon D. Quiett Smith, PhD803-705-4558 (office)504-295-9523 (mobile)

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