Friday, December 6, 2013

The Passing of Nelson Mandela

It is hard to imagine a world without Nelson Mandela. Mr. Mandela was a tirelss opponent of apartheid. His legacy of leading a democratic South Afica and statesmanship will inform future generations. We are blessed to have had such a giant for human rights among us and the world is better off because of him.

There is much we can say about Mr. Mandela, but the words that have the most profound impact are those of Mr. Mandela himself, who preferred words over weapons, and education as an equalizing force. In his later years, Mr. Mandela committed himself to building schools for South Africa's children because he knew that the resilience of one's spirit is reinforced by the brilliance of the mind.

In his innauguration speech as South Africa's first democratic president in 1994, Mr. Mandela's eloquence echoed around the world as he chronicled the deep struggles and pain endured by the people of South Africa for the good of freedom. He spoke of the heroes and heroines before him, and now their father has passed. Mr. Mandela closed his innaugural address by saying, "The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement." And the sun shall never set on such a transformational figure.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Follow the Berkeley College Office of the President on Facebook

Berkeley College's Office of the President is now on Facebook!

Click on the link below to "like" the page and stay up to date on news and events from the Berkeley College President's Office.

See photos from Commencement, recent VIP visits, and more.

 I look forward to connecting with you.

Dario A. Cortes, PhD
Berkeley College

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Election Day 2012

The 2012 election is just days away. As eligible voters, each of us has a duty to understand the electoral process. The right to vote is a tremendous privilege and we show our appreciation by participating in the democratic process.

As President of Berkeley College, I am especially interested in encouraging the youth of the nation to be politically active citizens. According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University, “roughly 11 million eligible voters, ages 18 to 24 are in college, about a quarter of all eligible young voters.”

The youth vote is sadly underrepresented, even though important issues facing students such as financial aid funding, loan repayment terms and job creation will be affected by the outcome of the election. I am proud that Berkeley College students have demonstrated that they understand the importance of the election and are spreading the word to others. This year more than 75 students participated in "Rock the Vote" events at the New York City campus.

The social media team has also been busy reminding students about deadlines to register and have provided live streaming links to the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates.

Click on the video below to see how Berkeley College students are taking charge of their future and voting!
On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, I will cast my ballot. I encourage you to do the same.


Dario A. Cortes, PhD
President, Berkeley College