Diversity Institute presenting program on immigration with Dr. Worgs

Dr. Donn Worgs
Misericordia University and the University’s Diversity Institute are presenting the program, “From the National Origins Act to the DREAM Act,’’ by Dr. Donn Worgs, associate professor of political science and director of African and African American Studies at Towson University, Towson, Md., on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Huntzinger and Alden Trust rooms 218-219 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall as part of the University’s ongoing programming to address immigration issues. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

“The topic of immigration is a vexed one today, as it has been throughout much of the history of the United States,’’ said Dr. Worgs, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., to parents who had recently migrated to the United States from Jamaica. “Understanding the current debate over immigration thus requires knowledge of both contemporary debates and their historical antecedents.’’

“From the National Origins Act to the DREAM Act,’’ is the second of three educational programs Misericordia University is presenting during the academic year that address immigration and related issues in the United States. In September, ParenteBeard sponsored the program, “Immigration Law and Diversity: One of the Keys to Building a Successful Academic Institution and the Legal Issues Involved,’’ for regional professionals and Misericordia University students. The annual Diversity Institute Dinner in February will celebrate Black History Month with a guest speaker who will address the Religious Sisters of Mercy’s charisms of Mercy, Service, Justice and Hospitality as they relate to sensitivity, inclusion and acceptance.

Dr. Worgs’ presentation will present an engaging and nuanced examination of the legal, social and economic components of the controversy over immigration during the past century. He will explore the issues of identity for both immigrants and mainstream society.

“Today, American culture blends lines between race, culture and color which is the essence of human existence,’’ Dr. Worgs said. “This blending sometimes has us experience American culture through an ‘us-vs.-them’ lens, subsequently passing judgment. Well ladies and gentlemen, ‘they’ have now become ‘us.’”

Dr. Worgs earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in urban studies and government from Lehigh University, and his master’s degree from the University of Delaware. He earned his doctorate in political science at the University Maryland, College Park, Md. Dr. Worgs also serves as the director of metropolitan studies at Towson University. His research and teaching interests include education, metropolitan development, and race and ethnicity in politics. He is presently exploring how race, ethnicity and immigration are currently impacting the development of metropolitan areas in the United States.

The program is open free to the public and light refreshments will be served. To make proper arrangements for guests on campus, please register for the event by calling Brenda Nowalis, administrative support specialist, at (570) 674-1483.

The Diversity Institute at Misericordia University, under the direction of Scott S. Richardson, Ed.D., director of the Diversity Institute - Office of Inclusive Excellence, was established in 1991 to promote multicultural understanding and to work toward the elimination of all forms of unjust discrimination. The institute is an educational resource center that works collaboratively with community members to promote and embrace diversity. For more information about the Diversity Institute, please log on to or call (570) 674-6217.