RVCC Slates Program on Race, Immigration and the American Dream

Raritan Valley Community College will present its second program on “Immigration and the American Dream” with a talk by Dr. Christina Greer, March 4, from 2:30-4 p.m. The event, which is free of charge and open to the public, will be held in the Conference Center at the College’s Branchburg Campus.

Dr. Greer is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Fordham University – Lincoln Center campus, New York City. Her talk will focus on her book, Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream (Oxford University Press).

Dr. Greer’s research and teaching focus on such topics as American politics, black ethnic politics, urban politics, Congress, New York City and New York State politics, campaigns and elections, and public opinion. Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream investigates the increasingly ethnically diverse black populations in the US from Africa and the Caribbean. She finds that both ethnicity and a shared racial identity affect the policy choices and preferences for black groups.

Currently working on her second book, Professor Greer is researching the history of African Americans who have run for the executive office in the US. Her research interests also include mayors and public policy in urban centers. Her previous work has compared criminal activity and political responses in Boston and Baltimore.

The program is the second in a series on diversity and immigration, sponsored by RVCC’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. For additional information about the program, contact Richeleen Dashield, 908-526-1200, ext. 8636.

Raritan Valley Community College received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award fromINSIGHT Into Diversity magazine in 2012 and 2014. The College is the home of the Paul Robeson Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Social Justice and the Institute for Holocaust & Genocide Studies. In addition, RVCC was named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll “With Distinction” in the categories of General Community Service and Education. RVCC was the only community college in the country, and the only college in New Jersey, to receive the designation “With Distinction” in both categories.

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development and personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.

RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.

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