Kristin Vallejos, Senior Personnel Security Specialist, Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement

The Emergence Program was an excellent and enriching experience. The highlight of the program for me was getting to collaborate, discuss, and work with other homeland security and public safety professionals from diverse backgrounds and professions. The program really helped broadened my perspective on emerging threats to homeland security, and how we might approach the solutions and decision-making around those threats. My profession is a very narrow field, and we are often insulated in what we do. Being a part of this program helped me better understand how the work I’m doing in personnel security fits into some of the bigger issues of homeland security. Going forward, the new network of CHDS will be a huge benefit to me as I work to find well-rounded and balanced approaches to personnel security and the issues we face within our profession. Additionally, the expanded perspectives and critical thinking skills I’ve learned from the program will really benefit me in making personnel security determinations for our agency.

Kristin Vallejos
Senior Personnel Security Specialist
Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement