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Through roundtables and an advisory council, the Office of Academic Engagement (OAE) solicits advice and recommendations from the academic community to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary and senior leadership.

Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC)

The Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC) is a federal advisory committee comprised of higher education leaders that provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary and senior leadership on matters related to homeland security and the academic community.

For more information, visit the HSAAC main page.


OAE facilitates roundtables between DHS and higher education community to discuss DHS policies and homeland security issues that impact colleges and universities.

Previous Roundtables

When: April 19, 2017
Topic: Secretary John Kelly Higher Education Roundtable
Former Secretary John Kelly met with representatives from the higher education community and DHS components to discuss key DHS priorities and executive order updates. The roundtable gave participants the opportunity to provide feedback to the Secretary and DHS leadership on priorities and policies related to the academic community.

When: October 24, 2017
Topic: DHS Higher Education Recruitment Roundtable
Eight higher education and seven U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) representatives participated in the roundtable to discuss recommendations from higher education community on how DHS can become an employer of choice among students and recent graduates.

Last Published Date: March 6, 2018

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