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Please join me in congratulating Dr. Jennifer Harris for her recent recognition of Local Black Excellence as an Educational Leader and Professor at NSCC by the North Shore Juneteenth Association! Dr. Harris was recognized at Lynn City Hall last Tuesday, February 7th, 2023 along with other Black community members across the North Shore.

--Nikki Pelonia, Chief Diversity and Equity Officer



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Professor Sonja Gamby

Check out this video of Professor Sonja Gamby, and share it! If you haven't already, make sure to like and subscribe to our YouTube channel, and tap/click the notification bell! 

Professor Sonja Gamby works in the Chemistry Department at NSCC teaching Introduction to Chemistry to health science majors, General Chemistry to STEM majors, and Organic Chemistry. With this course load, she describes herself as a chemistry nerd. Professor Gamby explained to us that she fell in love with teaching as a young child. Coming from a family line of educators, including her mother who taught 3rd and 4th grade for many years, Sonja was around education her entire life. When Sonja was a child, she and her sister would help their mother grade worksheets. There was something about correcting with that fabled red pen that struck a chord with young Sonja. After teaching in Maryland, Sonja and her family moved to Massachusetts where she joined our faculty at NSCC. Although she was always around teaching as a child she once thought she would begrudgingly take on teaching as her career, but now she finds that it was the best decision she ever made.



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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 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



You are invited!

IDnK Series: Your Center for Alternative Studies

Wednesday, February 15th at 1pm

Danvers Campus, DS-106b

Guest Speaker: Cristy Sugarman

Brief Overview: Did you know that CAS is more than a Testing Center? Do you know about Prior Learning Assessment, and the multitude of ways that it can contribute to your students' success? Join us to learn more about NSCC's unique Center for Alternative Studies and its touchpoints with your program/department, and how we collaborate with all departments in NSCC in the delivery of competency-based, learner-centric pathways to student achievement. Also, there will be cookies and schwag.

To RSVP, complete the following form:




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Help celebrate National TRIO Day!

Hi NSCC Community!

TRIO invites you to join us to celebrate National TRIO Day coming up on Feb. 28th.

Did you know that TRIO is a national program? There is a strong chance that someone you know is a TRIO alum and/or worked in one of the 8 TRIO programs!

We want to celebrate all TRIO family members. Join us by telling us how you are connected to TRIO and sharing your story with us (and the larger TRIO and NSCC community).

Fill out this quick survey: 

Thank you for your support!

-Joyce Wang, Director, TRIO Student Support Services




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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

Spring 2023 has been underway and you may have not been able to get to one of our Navigate weekly workshops! However, don’t you worry. We have all the time in the world for YOU! 😊

We will continue focusing on the discussion around Cases & Referrals - our new Coordinated Care process. We will also use this time to answer any questions about Academic Planning & Registration. 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. 15th

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

3:00PM - 3:45PM                   Academic Planning & Registration/Open Session Time 

Wednesday, Feb. 22nd

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

3:00PM - 3:45PM                   Intake Survey Results &Responses/Open Session Time 

Wednesday, Mar. 1st

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

3:00PM - 3:45PM                   Academic Planning & Registration/Open Session Time 

Thank you for your interest in Navigate!

--John, Jake, Michael, Jeleiny & Sam




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Join the Spanish Conversation Group!



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Please share this flyer with your students!

Questions?  Contact Karyn King Fargo,, 781-477-2118



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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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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.    

Rather than domination, control and power over, POWER WITH leads to collective action and the ability to act together. Power with is shared power that grows out of collaboration and relationships. It is built on respect, mutual support, shared power, solidarity, influence, empowerment and collaborative decision making.


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


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