Current Projects New Jersey Disparities

New Jersey Disparities

New Jersey is one of the wealthiest states in the U.S., with a vast regional reach to Philadelphia in the south and New York City in the north.  Over the past decades, the state has passed some of the most progressive legislation in the country, yet the state continues to have extraordinary pockets of poverty.  New Jersey's economic and demographic diversity across its cities, suburbs, exurbs and rural areas make for vexing disparities in opportunity, education, housing, criminal justice, health care, and the environment.

The New Jersey Disparities project, undertaken by the Center for Race and Ethnicity in the Spring of 2008, seeks to examine these disparities and, where possible, provide guidance to policymakers within the state.

Previous events in this series include:

  • A Roundtable Discussion entitled Between Privilege and Poverty:  Perspectives on New Jersey Disparities (held April 2008)
  • A One-Day Conference entitled One New Jersey:  Preparing for the Coming Challenge (held November 2008)
  • A lecture by renowned Princeton sociologist Alejandro Portes, entitled Life on the Edge:  Immigrants Confront the American Health System (held April 2009)

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