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13th Annual Homeland Defense/Security Education Summit (2020)
November 2, 2020 - November 4, 2020
Even though the 13th annual Homeland Defense & Security Education Summit looked and felt different than previous years, the plenary sessions, research panels, and discussion topics were just as impactful. In light of travel restrictions and the COVID-19 pandemic, the University and Agency Partnership Program (UAPP) hosted this year’s summit online. The virtual platform allowed participation from those not normally able to travel due to funding or work reasons and drew over 450 attendees—a record for the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s (CHDS) yearly event. It also provided an opportunity for participants to discuss a wide range of topics related to the theme “Leading and Educating in a Multi-Threat/Hazard Environment: What Homeland Security Leaders Need to Know.” CHDS used a combination of Zoom video conferencing and a web platform, Cadence, to support networking and information flow.