Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Dr. Christopher Rivera

headshot of Dr. Chris RiveraName: Christopher J. Rivera

Hometown: Newark, NJ (Representing Puerto Rico!)

Degree(s): PhD in Special Education

Why did you choose to be an educator/professor?

I choose to be an educator because of my passion for working with people who have different abilities. Many times, we refer to this group of individuals as having disabilities, but I like to think of them as having different abilities. More importantly, I wanted to be an educator to also be a support for those individuals specifically from Latino backgrounds. It’s one of my greatest academic passions.

What do you love about ECU?

What’s there not to love? Not only is ECU a wonderful place to teach but it’s a place where you can make lifelong friends. I absolutely love it here.

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