The NSCC Bulletin


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Dear Colleagues,

Please join me in congratulating Professor Barbara Heath and students Lotus Carlson, Hailey Darling, and Emily Fenton for this outstanding accomplishment! Thanks 100% to their hard work and efforts, NSCC now joins 16 other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI's) to compete in the USDA Agricultural Export Market Challenge.  For more information on the competition, click this link.

Since joining the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) last year, with this accomplishment Professor Heath, Lotus, Hailey, and Emily have perfectly exemplified and catalyzed our efforts to become a thriving Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in the years to come.

Again, please join me in congratulating, supporting, and wishing the team good luck as they take on the USDA Agricultural Export Market Challenge this semester!

--Nikki Pelonia, Chief Diversity & Equity Officer



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Black History Month

Black History Month, or African American History Month, occurs every February. It pays tribute to and celebrates the achievements of Black Americans and acknowledges the central role of African Americans in United States history. 

Black History Month was first conceived as Negro History Week in 1925 by historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Like W.E.B. Du Bois before him, Woodson believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. The first celebration was in February 1926, a week that encompassed the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. They were met with an overwhelmingly positive response. By the middle of the 20th century, many U.S. mayors issued proclamations celebrating the week.

The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976 at the nation’s bicentennial. President Gerald R. Ford urged U.S. Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of Black history in the drama of the American story. Since then every U.S. president has issued African American History Month proclamations.

I welcome and invite the NSCC community to participate in this year's Black History Month celebrations happening through the North Shore throughout the month of February. Black history is the history of the U.S.A. and should be supplemental to our continued collective learning all year long. Some notable events coming up include:

February 1-28, 2023:

Black Diaspora History Month Expo by City of Salem and Salem United, Inc.  Learn more.

February 2023

Black History Month Events by NSCC's Office of Student Engagement More information.

February 7, 2023, 6:30 - 8:00 PM: 

Opening Night of Local Black Excellence Display by North Shore Juneteenth Association, Lynn City Hall - FREE and Open to All - Click here for more information and details of the event.

February 8, 2023, 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM

Introduction to African Dance with Professor Greg Coles by Salem State Center for Creative and Performing Arts, Salem State O’Keefe Complex - FREE and Open to All - Click here for more information and details of the event.

February 19, 2023, 2 PM:

Family-Friendly Paint Event by North Shore Juneteenth Association.  Register here.

February 27, 2023, 7PM:
Black History is our History,
a town-wide celebration by S.U.R.E. Diversity.  Enjoy an evening of poetry, music, and reflection featuring Enzo Silon Surin, award-winning Swampscott poet. Details.

--Nikki Pelonia, Chief Diversity and Equity Officer



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2022 W-2 form is now available online
for employees that consented!!!***

W-2 forms are now available in HR/CMS to all employees that consented to have their W-2 forms suppressed before 1/1/2023. Employees should have received a system generated email on 1/20/2023, subject email: IMPORTANT TAX RETURN DOCUMENT AVAILABLE, containing instructions on how to access W-2 forms in HR/CMS. Instructions to access W-2 forms in HR/CMS are also available in the announcements section within self-service, or step by step below:

Log in to Employee Self-Service with your user ID (employee ID-6 digits number) and password.  From the Employee Self-Service homepage, select the Payroll tile. On the Payroll page, select the W-2/W-2c FORMS tile. The Tile will show the current Tax Year Form. The system will prompt you to answer your security question. You will arrive on the VIEW W-2/W-2c FORMS page, where you will be allowed to review your most recent W-2/W-2c form.

Note: If you have not set up or forgotten your “security question”, you can set up or get your answer by navigating to the home icon page > My System Profile tile > My System Profile tile, click the link Change or set up forgotten password help.

W2 forms will be printed and mailed out by January 31st to employees that did not consent to have their W2 forms suppressed. 

Please contact the payroll office by email if have any further questions regarding the above.




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Seeking Suggestions for a Forum on the Topic of Women's Rights in the U.S.

The Forum on Tolerance wants your help with organizing a Forum on the topic of women’s rights in the U.S. This forum will be a mix of virtual and face-to-face events. It is preliminarily scheduled for the last week of April and is entitled, We're not there yet: Still Fighting Sexism and Misogyny in the U.S.: PART 2. In particular, they are really interested in stories from immigrant women and women breaking glass ceilings in male-dominated career fields. If you have suggestions for speakers, other topics, or would like to share your own story, please contact Laurie Carlson at Thanks in advance!



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Navigate Weekly Workshops

Hello Faculty & Staff and welcome to another great semester at North Shore Community College! Spring 2023 has begun and so have the Navigate weekly workshops! 😊

We will be focusing the start of our semester on discussing Cases & Referrals and our new Coordinated Care process over the next few weeks. However, please visit any one of our workshops, even if it’s not the current topic! As always, our videos can be found on the Navigate NSCC - Youtube Channel. Make sure to like & subscribe! Remember: The Navigate blackboard course, as well as the resource tiles on MyNorthShore, are places to find useful materials.

Topics on each week are flexible to change based on attendance needs!

Wednesday, Feb. 8th

2:00PM - 2:45PM                   Coordinated Care: Cases & Referrals

3:00PM - 3:45PM                   Open Session Time 

Thank you for your interest in Navigate!

--John, Jake, Michael, Jeleiny & Sam







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CTLI Coffee and Conversations Series

Over the spring semester, the CTLI will be hosting a series of informational sessions on a variety of teaching, learning, and assessment topics. The Coffee and Conversations sessions will be held virtually once or twice a month on Fridays from 9:30am to 10:30am. Please join us with your favorite cup of coffee or tea and we will bring the topics to hopefully spur plenty of conversations.

Our first Coffee and Conversations session of the spring semester will be on Friday, February 10th and the topic will be “Engaging Students with Service-Learning Experiences: Connecting the Classroom to the Community.” We invite you to join us for an informal conversation about our Service-Learning program. Our Service-Learning Graduate Fellow, Elaina Berry, will engage us in a discussion around the benefits of a service-based experiential learning course, examples of projects students are currently engaged in, and available support for making a Service-Learning experience meaningful to your students.

Please use the following Zoom meeting link for all Coffee and Conversations sessions.

Spring Semester Coffee and Conversations sessions will be held on the following Fridays (listed below) so please save the dates in your calendar.

  • February 10th

  • March 3rd

  • April 7th

  • April 21st

We would love your feedback on the topics for these sessions. Please share any ideas around what you might like to learn more about at

We hope to see you on February 10th!

-CTLI Staff


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Summer Workshop: Religious Nationalism in a Global Context

Across the globe, the relationship between religion and nation-states is complex and dynamic. Religious nationalism, a somewhat understudied aspect of this relationship, is key to understanding policies, personal and community impacts, and outcomes globally. Educators today must grapple with these issues as they teach their students to be global citizens. This year, the Global Studies Outreach Workshop will provide teachers with a space to think, learn, and ask questions about religious nationalism in a variety of contexts.

We plan to convene this workshop in person on Harvard’s Cambridge campus from July 31- August 3, 2023.

Apply by Friday, March 31!

Questions?  Contact Kara Kaufman at



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NSCC’S Cultural Arts Department announces…


For the spring production of the sci-fi spectacular, FIGHT GIRL BATTLE WORLD, by Qui Nguyen.

Set in a futuristic universe FIGHT GIRL BATTLE WORLD blends stage combat, puppetry, and multi-media to create an action-packed sci-fi parody that follows the adventures of E-V, a hard nosed prizefighter and the last known human in the galaxy. 

Auditions will take place beginning January 25.  To sign up for a specific audition slot, please contact Matthew Woods at

You do not need to prepare anything in advance for your audition, and auditions are open to all students, faculty, staff and alumni -- no experience necessary!

Those interested in participating as a member of the stage crew or in a production support role should also contact Matthew at the above email address.






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Blood Drive, Lynn Campus, February 9

Questions?  Contact Amanda Dooling at
Please call 1-800-733-2767 or visit and enter NSCCLynn to schedule an appointment.




LPN comedy fundraiser 4/14/23

Scan the QR code for further details



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tutoring appointments now available on navigate

Video Instructions - Click Here





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We want to see you in pictures!

2023 Faces of NSCC - TOGETHER   We welcome all NSCC students, faculty, staff, administrators to participate by submitting a picture(s), short video and or quote.  Encouraged to include with you any 2/4 legged/feathered family/friends at home, on campus, outside, studying, having fun, traveling, vacations, anywhere!  We want to see you! 

Deadline to submit April 30, 2023.

Submit Here

Thank you,
--Diversity Leadership Committee 2023 Faces team





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Please share with your students
Student mental health support: Telehealth and more

Reaching out for help can be overwhelming and scary. Your Student Support Program (SSP) is here to help you, not judge you. Call or chat with My SSP anytime. Free, confidential, and available 24/7.

NSCC's MyStudentSupport app from Lifeworks connects students with credentialed, Masters-level counselors to help them successfully address cultural, physical, and mental health challenges as they pursue their college education. Students can speak with a counselor in English, Spanish, French, Mandarin, and Cantonese no matter where they are. Students can download the free app from the Google Play or Apple Store, or visit their website at


Welcome to the
Equality & Equity Project

 As part of our commitment to Anti-Racism, Diversity & Inclusion, the Equality & Equity Project will provide historical and present-day information about the contributions, challenges, culture, and daily lives of the many vital groups that make up our NSCC community, and the larger world.

We invite you to visit often, reflect on what you see and read, discuss it with others and, hopefully, expand your knowledge base, appreciation, and understanding of groups beyond your own.    


Racial Trauma is defined as a form of race-based stress, referring to Black and Indigenous People of Color's (BIPOC) reactions to dangerous events and real or perceived experiences of racial discrimination. Such experiences may include threats of harm and injury, humiliating and shaming events, and witnessing racial discrimination toward other BIPOC. Although similar to posttraumatic stress disorder, racial trauma is unique in that it involves ongoing individual and collective injuries due to exposure and reexposure to race-based stress.

Impact Tulsa had a panel discussion for educators and nonprofits on "Responding to Racial Trauma in the Classroom." Watch the video here. The panel of experts shared on topics including culturally responsive instruction, addressing racial trauma, and supporting students of color effectively when school resumes.




patricia era bathPatricia Era Bath was an American ophthalmologist, inventor, humanitarian, and academic. She invented an improved device for laser cataract surgery. Her invention was called Laserphaco Probe, which she patented in 1986.

What was my biggest obstacle?

Sexism, racism, and relative poverty were the obstacles which I faced as a young girl growing up in Harlem. There were no women physicians I knew of and surgery was a male-dominated profession; no high schools existed in Harlem, a predominantly black community; additionally, blacks were excluded from numerous medical schools and medical societies; and, my family did not possess the funds to send me to medical school. [Dr. Bath says her mother scrubbed floors so she could go to medical school.]

Despite official university policies extolling equality and condemning discrimination, Bath experienced both sexism and racism during her tenure at both UCLA and Drew. Determined that her research not be obstructed by the "glass ceilings," she took her research abroad to Europe, where her research was accepted on its merits at the Laser Medical Center of Berlin, West Germany, the Rothschild Eye Institute of Paris, France, and the Loughborough (England) Institute of Technology. At those institutions she excelled in research and laser science, the fruits of which are evidenced by her patents for laser eye surgery.


If you have any questions or comments on NSCC's Equality & Equity Project, please contact us at


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