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Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC)

The Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC) will provide recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on key issues across the homeland security enterprise as they relate to educational settings, institutions, and academic activity. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Student, faculty, school and campus-related safety;
  • Emergency management and preparedness;
  • Community resiliency;
  • Anti-hate initiatives, addressing gun violence, targeted violence and terrorism;
  • Misinformation, disinformation, and cyber-bullying;
  • Engaging and integrating immigrant (resettlement) communities and new Americans as they intersect with academia;
  • International students and visa processing;
  • Collegiate cybersecurity initiatives;
  • Foreign influence and interference in our academic institutions;
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in educational settings; and
  • developing applicant pipelines to support a 21st century DHS workforce.

Applications received prior to the February 15, 2022 deadline are currently under review.

Once formed, the Council will consist of: 

  • Up to four members representing higher education associations
  • Up to two members representing higher education law enforcement, public safety, and emergency management associations
  • Up to two members representing four-year colleges and universities
  • Up to two members representing two-year community colleges
  • Up to two members representing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Up to two members representing Hispanic serving institutions
  • Up to two members representing Tribal colleges
  • Up to two members representing the Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander serving institutions
  • Up to four members representing K-12 school systems, to include schools, school systems, and state educational agencies
  • Up to two members representing Education Employee Associations/Labor Organizations
  • Up to one member from the DHS Science and Technology Center of Excellence
  • Up to one member from Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) School Safety Task Force
  • Up to one member from the DHS Center for Prevention Programs and Partnership
  • Up to one member from US Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center
  • Up to one member from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) higher education initiatives
  • Up to one member from the DHS Office for Civil Right and Civil Liberties (CRCL)
  • Up to one member from the Department of Education
  • Up to one member from the Department of State
  • Up to one member from the Department of Justice
  • Up to one member from the Department of Health and Human Services

Under the Secretary’s authority in Title 6, United States Code, section 451, the charter establishes the HSAAC as a discretionary committee.  This committee is established in accordance with and operates under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Title 5, United States Code, Appendix).

Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council Charter 2022

HSAAC Materials

Past Meetings

Press Releases and Blog Posts

Last Updated: 04/22/2022
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