BLUE BALL PA – Speaker and author Bruce A. Jacobs will discuss the research and recommendations in his book, “Race Manners for the 21st Century: Navigating the Minefield Between Black and White Americans in an Age of Fear,” on April 6 (2010; Tuesday) during a presidential symposium from 12:30-2 p.m. at Montgomery County Community College’s central campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell PA. The free event is open to the public.

The symposium is a capstone event of the college’s continuing dialog on diversity for 2009-2010.

Between 2000 and 2007, overall growth in Montgomery County (PA) was about 3 percent. During this same period, however, the county’s African American population grew 13 percent; its Asian American population, 32 percent; and its Hispanic or Latino American population, 49 percent. The college has even greater percentages of mixed cultures.

“We are looking at what we are doing to see where we need to change, adapt and grow to meet the needs of our students and the community,” said Rose Makofske, the college’s director of equity and diversity initiatives.

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