The Center for Homeland Defense and Security's University and Agency Partnership Program


13th Annual Homeland Defense/Security Education Summit, 2020

Registration for the 2020 Annual Homeland Defense and Security Education Summit is now open!

The 13th Annual Summit will be held November 02-04, 2020. This year’s theme: Leading and Educating in a Multi-Threat, Multi-Hazard Environment: What Homeland Security Leaders Need to Know.

Please see the 2020 Summit Call for Proposals, with tracks and sub-themes, and template for proposal submissions.

We are excited to confirm that the Annual Summit will be held as planned. We made the decision to hold the three-day event in a remote, web-based format to ensure maximum participation from our colleagues and friends around the US (and beyond). As in previous years, the summit will feature focused sessions to explore complex issues in multi-threat/hazard operating environments, support faculty development, and present innovative approaches to homeland security research and education. We are guaranteed to have a broad and deep bench of expert speakers and presenters. Announcements on the summit agenda will be made later this month.

Similar to previous years, Day 1 (02 November) will focus on HS/EM program development and is designed for faculty and administrators. Days 2 and 3 will feature morning plenary sessions with Homeland Security thought-leaders from government, private sector, and academia. Afternoons will include research presentations and program discussions in breakout sessions.

For questions, please contact Steve Recca at

Cadence: Access to the Summit

This year, we have a dynamic and interactive platform called Cadence to showcase the 13th Annual Homeland Defense and Security Education Summit’s speakers, events, and participants.

Once registered for the Summit, you will have access to Cadence where you will be able to:

  • Receive important updates from the organizers of the 13th Annual Homeland Defense and Security Education Summit
  • Access the Zoom links to all schedule items
  • Access the agenda and reminders
  • Capture the best moments on the live feed
  • Network and collaborate with educators and practitioners in real-time
Login to Cadence

Tip: Bookmark this page to make it easy to jump back into the Summit each day.

Login using the email address you used to register for the Summit. To set a password, click the “Forgot your password?” link and follow the instructions. If you have trouble logging into Cadence, please do not hesitate to reach out to Kat Degnon ( for assistance.

For the best experience, we recommend downloading the Cadence app on your iPhone/iPad or Android device. While most of the agenda items are available on your on your computer, polls and advanced profile customization are only available through Cadence’s mobile app.

Navigating Cadence

The following document highlights a few ways you can make the most of your Summit experience:

We have also prepared the following videos to help you navigate Cadence:


Invite Your Colleagues

We hope that you will invite your colleagues to register for the 13th Annual Homeland Defense and Security Education Summit.

Questions on the Summit?

All Summit-specific questions can be directed to Steve Recca (, Director of the NPS CHDS University & Agency Partnership Program (UAPP).

All Cadence-related questions can be directed to Kat Degnon ( and Velvet Piini (

Twelfth Annual Summit: Flyer [pdf] | Agenda | Keynote | Panel Discussion | Countering Disinformation Discussion (2019)

Eleventh Annual Summit Agenda and Photo Gallery (2018)

Best Papers from the Tenth Annual Summit (2017)

Proceedings and presentations from the 9th Annual Summit (2015)