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Guest Speaker to Discuss Realizing
African-American Academic Achievement

Posted January 26, 2001

HOLLAND -- Dr. G. Oliver Patterson of the education faculty at The City College of New York (CUNY) will present "Roadblocks to African-American Academic Achievement: Meeting the Challenges" on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 4 p.m. at Hope College in the Maas Center auditorium in conjunction with Black History Month.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Patterson is professor of education at The City College, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1972. He is a member of the Board for the Center for Distance Education at The City College; on the Board of Directors of CUNY's Institute on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean; and a member of the Board of Review for CUNY's doctoral program in education.

Patterson is past chair of the department of education and the department of elementary education, and past program head for graduate reading/literacy. He is also past chair of A. Phillip Randolph Campus High School. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Christian Educators of the Reformed Church in America. He is past president of the African-American Council of the Reformed Church in America, and a past member of the Board of Trustees of New Brunswick Seminary. He chairs the South African Task Force.

Patterson has co-authored or contributed to several books concerned with reading or literacy. He is also co-author of "Hand in Hand: Helping Children Celebrate Diversity."

He is currently a visiting professor in the School of Education at New York University. His numerous other professional honors include receiving the "Spirit of the Community Award" in 1995 from the Community Education Center, CCNY, for his vision in adult education and his commitment to adult learners; and the "Community Service Award" from the Synod of New York of the Reformed Church in America in 1994.

Prior to coming to The City College, he held appointments in reading instruction at Suffolk Community College in Selden, N.Y., and the State University of New York Urban Center in Manhattan. He was also a social studies teacher and coordinator of reading at Decatur Junior High School #35 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

He holds his doctorate and master's from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., and his bachelor's from Brooklyn College. He also holds a professional diploma in reading education from Hofstra University.

The Maas Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street. Additional information may be obtained by calling the college's Office of Multicultural Life at (616) 395-7867, or on the office's web site.

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