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9/27/17 5th Annual National Dialogue on Race: Beyond The Color Line at Suffolk County Community College

5th Annual National Dialogue on Race: Beyond The Color Line

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
9:30 – 10:45am — Sagtikos, Van Nostrand Theatre (Map)

Join the dialogue… with guest speakers
Suffolk County Deputy Police Commissioner Risco Lewis-Mention and Dr. Arthur Romano professor of conflict resolution and peace education at George Mason University.

Suffolk County Deputy Police Commissioner Risco Mention-Lewis began her legal career as a Nassau County Assistant District Attorney in 1993, prosecuting misdemeanors.  She later became an Assistant District Attorney in County Court where she prosecuted felony cases. When litigating an attempted murder case in 1999 that involved teenagers, Mention-Lewis realized that young people were in dire need of new, comprehensive intervention strategies.
In 2005 she was honored with her promotion to the position of Unit Chief of Rising Star where she focused on gang prevention strategies. In January 2013, Mention-Lewis was appointed by the Suffolk County Executive to the position of County Deputy Police Commissioner, making her not only the first female to hold the position, but also the first person of color. Her work entails creating comprehensive programs to combat gang violence and recidivism through intelligence lead policing, community-oriented policing and assisting to develop Council of Thought and Action groups across the county.

Dr. Arthur Romano, an international peace-educator, consultant, certified nonviolence trainer and a professor of conflict analysis and resolution at George Mason University.  Dr. Romano has implemented innovative educational programs in Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and the US. Those programs have supported thousands of students in learning practical strategies for building healthy communities, becoming global leaders and productively engaging with conflict.  Dr. Romano has spoken numerous times at the United Nations and has collaborated with the Department of Public Information to promote the Gandhi-King Season for Nonviolence and the International Day of Peace.

All Are Welcome!

Sponsored by Office of Campus Activities & Multicultural Affairs

National Dialogue on Race 2017

Location: Sagtikos, Van Nostrand Theatre
Suffolk County Community College
Michael J. Grant Campus
1001 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, NY (Map)
Fees: Free

Contact: Christy Banks,


LI Cybersecurity Conference Fri, June 9, 2017, 7:45 am – Noon

Cyber Security

Long Island businesses will learn how to protect themselves from cyber threats including identity theft, data breaches and a wide range of cyber-related challenges at the L.I. Cybersecurity Conference sponsored by  Suffolk County Community College in partnership with DuWayne Gregory, Presiding Officer of the Suffolk County Legislature, and Legislator Kara Hahn.

Suffolk County Community College is launching a new Cybersecurity degree, an industry/education collaboration that will provide the trained workforce for tomorrow’s Long Island cybersecurity needs.

Conference Web Page:

DATE:         June 9, 2017 | 8:30 a.m.
TIME:          11:45 a.m.
PLACE:       Suffolk County Community College
Michael J. Grant Campus
Health, Sports and Education Center
Wicks Road, Brentwood, NY

Program and Speakers

Time Activity Location
7:45 am Coffee and breakfast; vendor displays Field House
8:30 – 8:55 am Welcome and Introduction of Guests
Remarks by Suffolk President Dr. Shaun L. McKay
Remarks by DuWayne Gregory, Presiding Officer, Suffolk County Legislature
Remarks by Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn
Overview of Cybersecurity and IT programs by Professor Peter Maritato ’77
Lecture Hall
8:55 – 9:15 am Keynote Address:

Hon. Michael A.L. Balboni – President and Managing Director, RedLand Strategies
Lecture Hall
9:15 am Coffee and networking Field House
9:30-10:30 am Breakout Sessions:

1. IT Security: Critical Fundamental Steps for Your Small Business
Speakers / Facilitators
Nicholas Barone – Cyber Risk & Response Services, EisnerAmper LLP
Matthew Brown – Vice President, Network Solutions and Technology
2. Intermediate Steps to Enhance Your Business’ IT Security
Speakers / Facilitators
John Cooney, Esq. – Chair, Cybersecurity and Data Privacy and Partner, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek P.C.
Nicole Della Ragione, Esq. – Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Associate, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C
3. IT Workforce and Training Needs Within the Region (held in Lecture Hall)
Speakers / Facilitators
Peter Dispirito – Chief Information Security Officer, Flushing Bank
Benjamin Sondgeroth – Principal Cybersecurity Engineer, CA Technologies
4. Health IT: Hospital and Medical Record Security
Speakers / Facilitators
Pat M. Darienzo, CISSP – Chief Information Security Officer, Catholic Health Services of Long Island
Stephanie Musso-Mantione – Chief Information Privacy and Security Officer, Stony Brook Medicine Information Technology (SBMIT)
Kathy Hughes, Chief Information Security Officer, Northwell Health

Field House activity with vendors and coffee

10:45-11:45 am Panel Discussion

  • Features select speakers and Laurin Buchanan, CISSP, Secure Decisions
  • Panel responds to reports from breakout sessions, survey results, and discusses skills gaps in LI’s IT workforce;
  • Audience responds to clicker survey;
  • Q&A for panelists
Lecture Hall
11:45 am Conference Closing Field House

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