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CEHC Hosts National Homeland Security Summit

The annual gathering attracts hundreds of practitioners, academics and students

CEHC is hosting the 11th annual Homeland Defense/Security Education Summit on campus next week.

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 4, 2018) – Many of our nation’s leading homeland security experts will be on campus for a three-day summit next week.

UAlbany’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC), in partnership with Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s University and Agency Partnership Initiative, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is hosting the 11th annual Homeland Defense/Security Education Summit, Oct. 11-13 on the Uptown Campus.

The summit invites local, state and federal homeland security agencies, as well as academics, students and community partners to discuss the field’s emerging issues and trends through various workshops, presentations and panel discussions.

Last year, 280 participants attended the gathering, which was hosted at George Mason University.

“At CEHC, we are bringing the power of academics to the field,” said UAlbany CEHC Dean Robert Griffin.

“Cross-professional collaboration is needed now more than ever to meet our country’s evolving homeland security needs. We are proud to host a conference that not only supports this mission, but also provides students with an opportunity to engage with some of the greatest minds in our field,” he added.

Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security Roger Parrino speaks on UAlbany's campus.
Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security Roger Parrino is a featured speaker.

The theme of this year’s summit is “Wicked Problems in Homeland Security: Keeping Education and Research Relevant,” with discussion topics ranging from border security to health preparedness and response.

Among the opening and keynote speakers are Dean Griffin, senior FEMA official Kathleen McDonald Fox and Roger Parrino, commissioner of the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

Other notable speakers include:

  • Michael Beckman, DHS Office of Intelligence & Analysis
  • Edward Gabriel, deputy assistant secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Scott Genovese, director, DHS Global Maritime Coordination Center
  • Chelsea Treboniak, former U.S. Army captain and owner of Critical Ops
  • Wendy Walsh, FEMA higher education program director

In addition, educators from colleges and universities around the globe will be featured as panelists and presenters, including more than a dozen from UAlbany, Albany Law School and Albany Medical College.

The summit is open to the campus community and general public. Interested attendees can register online for the full conference, or select single-day options. There are no fees for students to attend, but pre-registration is encouraged.

You can view the summit’s agenda here.

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