The Institute is committed to student engagement and exposure. A number of engagement activities took place during the 2010/2011 academic year.
The Institute funded two graduate assistants for the academic year, Michelle Casper and Stacy Muse. The students assisted with research for course development and research for the Critical Industrial Incidents Summit. The GAs also assisted with the HLS Career Resource Center.
Academic Course Presentations/Instruction
Herring, Harris and Porter assisted with the instruction of the Introduction to Homeland Security course. Presentations were made on HLS related issues in Introduction to Criminal Justice and Practicum courses.
Homeland Security Career Resource Center
The IHSWD introduced the Homeland Security Career Resource Center. With the assistance of graduate students, the Center was furnished with information related to HLS careers and graduate education. While in its early stages, the goal of the HLS Career Resource Center is to be the nucleus for all NCCU students who desire to seek information about HLS related careers, internships and graduate programs. The Center is located in the office area of the IHSWD, above Community Service.
Student Career Counseling
Homeland Security continues to be a growing field with diverse opportunities. Institute staff often speak to students about career opportunities. Approximately 60 students have participated in individual career counseling sessions.
NCCU Student Opportunities
The Institute for Homeland Security & Workforce Development provides many opportunities for the NCCU student body. The Institute offers undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to learn about homeland security issues and engages the students in many essential functions including presentations to N.C. Legislature, focus groups for course development, future funding meetings and an array of other activities.
Students are afforded these opportunities in the form of assistantships, internships and work study positions. Currently, the Institute employs two graduate and two undergraduate assistants. The Institute consistently informs students of opportunities outside of the University and educates them about the many opportunities with the Department of Homeland Security.
For more information about student opportunities with NCCU's Institute for Homeland Security & Workforce Development contact Diane Sampson at (919) 530-6924.
Duplin County Critical Industrial Incidents Summit
Four students participated in the Duplin County Critical Industrial Incidents Summit. The students assisted with the facilitation of the meeting and made valuable contributions. They benefited from hearing about the concerns of the community.
Stephen Flynn Lecture and Roundtable
Stephen Flynn is a Homeland Security expert, Obama transition team adviser, author, and current President of the Center for National Policy. Flynn spoke at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, October 6 at the UNC FedEx Global Education Center and delivered a lecture titled: “Katrina, Haiti, Deepwater Horizon: Building a Resilient World." Through the coordination of the Institute, five criminal justice students attended the presentation. On Thursday morning, an invitation-only roundtable breakfast was held at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill. Herring and two NCCU students, Ms. Regina McKoy and Ms. Shauna Johnson attended. The students made strong contributions to the discussion.