The NSCC Bulletin

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Hello to the fall semester &
welcome to our newest colleagues!


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Meet some of our newest employees, pictured at the September 1 Convocation: l-r: Samantha Consentino, Kevin Marshall, Pamela Long, Jordan McGonagle, Christopher Kozlowski, Christian Lazu, Denise Deschamps, John Aslanian, Jerrie Hildebrand, Dara Michelson, Catherine Vigue, Kayla Boucher, Emily Cakounes, Justine Caron, Debra Santoro, Jennifer Mezquita, Andria Castillo, Devon Murray. Welcome, all!



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Strategic Plan Town Hall

NSCC Community,

A reminder that the Town Hall for providing feedback regarding the draft of the Strategic Plan will take place on Wednesday, Sept 14th at 3 pm-4 pm.  Here is the Zoom meeting information: 

Strategic Plan Town Hall

Wednesday, September 14⋅3:00 – 4:00pm

We hope that you can attend the Town Hall as we really appreciate and value your feedback.  If you are unable to attend you may also complete this brief survey preferably by the end of the day Wednesday, Sept 14th so that we can capture your thoughts.  Here is the link to the survey:

NSCC Strategic Plan draft     
Executive Summary

Thank you! 

--Mary Meng-Lee and Jason Marsala, SPSC Co- Chairs



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NSCC supports student mental health and physical wellness

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 their own native language and cultural context no matter where they are. Students can download the free app from the Google Play or Apple Store, or visit their website at



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NSCC in the News

                                                       Lynn item: Lynn students get early start at NSCC




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2022 Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlights at North Shore Community College /  Destacados del Mes de la Herencia Hispana 2022 en North Shore Community College

National Hispanic Heritage Month  (September 15 to October 15) is a time to recognize, honor, and celebrate the tremendous influence Hispanic and Latino/a/x Americans have had on our culture, society, and world at-large. This year, we're taking time with Hispanic Heritage Month Community Spotlights throughout the month to focus on some of our Hispanic and Latino/a/x faculty, staff, and students at North Shore Community College (NSCC)!  

We invite you to add the NSCC Hispanic Heritage Month graphic to your email signature to help spread awareness and recognize the month!

If you’re interested in being featured this month, please feel free to complete the form here.

--Nikki Pelonia, Chief Diversity and Equity Officeer


Hispanic Heritage Month Community Spotlights


Indira LeisbaIndira Leisba is the Senior Special Programs Coordinator - Spanish Outreach Specialist at NSCC. Indira is also an alumna of the College and has been here as a student and professional staff member for 15 years. Indira identifies as Hispanic Latina-Black.

  • Why do you feel it's important to recognize Hispanic Heritage?
    Because as Hispanics we have a lot to offer, and it is important to recognize the people who are part of United States and make this Country a mix of colors, flavor and diversity.

  • What are your thoughts on the contributions Hispanic/Latino/a/x people have made to society?
    I'm very proud of being Latina and I think that anyone who has a Hispanic background should feel proud of their roots and embrace their uniqueness even if they speak the language or not. Latinos are a very important part of this Society and have created many opportunities for people in the Community and gave others the opportunity to experience our culture and enjoy what we have to offer.

  • What are some of the things you wish you knew more about your heritage?
    That natural hair is beautiful as it is and there is no shame in not having straight hair. I also wish I knew that having a foreign accent is a superpower, not a reason to be ashamed. Last but not least: that together, we are stronger.

  • What are some of the things you wish people know more about your heritage?
    That we are very helpful people, we love to share our culture with the non Latino comunity and that we are very important as part of the United States.

  • How do you wish to see higher education embrace and celebrate the Latinx/Hispanic community?
    By acknowledging what they can offer and making them feel proud of their roots and their contribution to the institution.



Sherlin Mendez TavarizSherlin Mendez Tavariz is a student starting her first year at NSCC this fall! Sherlin is currently studying Early Childhood Education and identifies as Latina.

  • Why do you feel it's important to recognize Hispanic Heritage? ¿Por qué cree que es importante reconocer la Herencia Hispana?
    Es claro que la aportación más notoria de los latinos a la cultura estadounidense ha sido el idioma español, el cual se habla en más de 41 millones de hogares en este país. Otro de los aportes trascendentales de la comunidad latina a la sociedad norteamericana ha sido la música y la gastronomía.

  • What are your thoughts on the contributions Hispanic/Latino/a/x people have made to society? ¿Qué piensa sobre las contribuciones que los hispanos/latinos/a/x han hecho a la sociedad?
    Las transacciones económicas en el seno de la cultura generan efectos económicos positivos como el aprendizaje y el conocimiento. Es decir que el sector cultural contribuye al desarrollo tanto desde los ámbitos sociales e identitarios que le son propios, como desde su participación en lo económico.

  • What are some of the things you wish you knew more about your heritage? ¿Cuáles son algunas de las cosas que te gustaría saber más sobre tu herencia?
    Mas sobre la historia.



Dual Language Instruction Institute

Institute Goal: To provide dual language professional learning for faculty, staff, and administration and engage in a collaborative conversation regarding supporting future DLI teachers 

Presenter: Kris Nicholls, Ph.D.

Dr. Kris Nicholls has more than 20 years experience at the local, regional, state, and national level supporting districts and school sites in implementing and enhancing their English Learner and biliteracy programs, including planning and implementing a new dual language immersion program, transforming a transitional bilingual education program to dual language immersion and moving an elementary dual language immersion program to secondary. 

Dr. Nicholls is also the lead consultant for the Lynn Public School’s emerging dual language programing. For more information, visit: 

Friday, September 16th 10:00AM-12:30PM via Zoom
Friday, September 23rd 10:00AM-12:30PM via Zoom


Dual Language 101  
  • Definition-elementary and secondary dual language immersion  
  • Dual language goals/pillars  
  • Dual language program types, program models, implementation models   Comparing and contrasting dual language to bilingual education  
  • Research on dual language education  
  • Greatest challenges to the success and sustainability of dual language programs  
  • Teacher recruitment/retention  
  • Student recruitment/retention  
  • Courses  
  • Curriculum  
  • What are the characteristics of a highly qualified dual language teacher?  
  • Broadly biliterate  
  • Common Core State Standards in Español expectations  
  • Common Core State Standards Spanish Language Development Standards
  • Broadly knowledgeable  
  • Socioculturally competent 
  • Engage in a collaborative conversation regarding supporting future DLI teachers 
  • Support future dual language teachers to become:
  • Biliterate  
  • Broadly knowledgeable  
  • Socioculturally competent  
  • Inform students who are native speakers of Spanish and those for whom Spanish is  a second or subsequent language of the great value of the linguistic assets they  possess as bilinguals  
  • Share with bilingual students the career opportunities available for them in  elementary and secondary dual language programs 



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Ice Cream Social Meet and Greets

with Dr. Jennifer Mezquita, Provost

Justine Caron, Chief People & Culture Officer and

Lieutenant Kevin Marshall, Community Policing Officer

Here’s the scoop: You are invited to come make an ice cream sundae and meet Dr. Jennifer Mezquita, Justine Caron and Lieutenant Kevin Marshall


  • When: Wednesday, September 21, 2022 from 1:00PM – 2:00PM

  • Where: Lynn Student Lounge, Flr. 2, Lynn South


  • When: Thursday, September 22, 2022 from 1:00PM -2:00PM

  • Where: Old Cafeteria, Math and Sciences Building

Please RSVP by clicking here by Wednesday, September 14, 2022.

--Deb Santoro


Committee for Appreciation, Recognition, and Engagement (CARE)

Greetings All,

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m Deb Santoro, NSCC’s new Events Manager. I would like to share some exciting news. I am happy to announce the new Committee for Appreciation, Recognition and Engagement (CARE), which is replacing the former Collegiality Committee. The objectives of this new committee are to improve the college culture, create collegiality, provide recognition of good work and create more fun at work. I hope the members will be involved with major college events as well. Brian Falter, Coordinator of Orientation Programs, will be joining me to co-chair the committee.

We are seeking volunteers who would like to participate in helping the college meet these objectives. Our goal is for the committee to be representative of employees from both campuses, many different departments and employee groups. Ideally, we are looking for 15-20 enthusiastic, creative and dedicated members who are willing and able to give their time and talent at least once a month.

Once we have our roster for the new committee, we will send out a Zoom meeting invitation for a kick off meeting before the end of September. If you are interested, please complete the sign up form by September 16 to indicate your interest. 


--Deb Santoro


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Meet Your Newest Colleagues!

Please extend a warm NSCC welcome to the newest members of the NSCC family.  Pictured, clockwise, starting top left: Amanda LaBonte, Accountant II, Fiscal Affairs; Debra Santoro, Events Manager, External & Public Relations; Andria Castillo, Content Developer, Marketing; and Kevin Marshall, Police Lieutenant/Community Readiness Officer, Campus Police.  Welcome, all!!





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Summer Fun Video

In case you were unable to attend Convocation 2022, the faculty/staff Summer Fun video may be viewed here and photos may be found on Facebook or Flickr.





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Navigate Weekly Workshops

Fall 2022 Semester has begun! The Navigate team hopes that you all have had an amazing Summer and fun on any vacations you might have taken. That being said – the Navigate team is here in full throttle, ready to tackle any Staff or Faculty concerns, questions or inquires, about Navigate!

The institution has moved forward with a new onboarding process for newly accepted students. These students will be introduced to Navigate as the second “step” in their onboarding experience. This means that almost ALL of our students will be using Navigate going into Fall 2022. If you need to just brush up your skills, please feel free to utilize these workshops to come in and ask any questions you may have! Remember: The Navigate blackboard course, as well as resource tiles on MyNorthShore, are places to find useful materials.

After this week, the Navigate Wednesday Workshops will be featuring a specific theme or function of Navigate based off of new video content the Pathway Navigators have created for our students!

Wednesday, Sept. 14th

2:00PM - 2:45PM                   Fall 2022 Has Started! Are you Ready for your Students?

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

Thank you for your interest in Navigate!

--John, Jake, Scott, Michael, Jeleiny & Sam



 Woo-Sox Community College Night
Thursday, September 22, 6:45pm

There are just a handful of seated tickets left in the community college section, with plenty of standing room only tickets available as well. If you are planning to attend and haven’t yet reserved your ticket(s), it's recommended that you secure your tickets right away! 

There are a limited number of $15 seats and multiple $8 standing room only tickets available in Section 1 of the stadium.

The game starts at 6:45 pm and community college guests are welcome to arrive starting at 5:30 p.m. for early access to the stadium, concessions, and lawn games.  Representatives from each of the 15 Massachusetts community colleges will be recognized with an on-field pregame ceremony.

 The ticket link can be accessed here or through the QR code on the attached flyer

We hope you will join us for a fun night out at the ballpark with our fellow colleagues at the Woo-Sox Community College Night game on September 22nd. Don't forget to proudly wear your North Shore Community College gear!





20 Minute Online Professional Development

The Monday Morning Mentor series will be available over the fall semester to bring you professional development in twenty-minute snippets.

For the week of September 12th: How Can I Use Everyday Interactions to Instill a Growth Mindset in Students?

Directions for Accessing the Link to the Presentation and Supplemental Materials

Select the URL link below to access the presentation and to print the supplemental materials. (You may also copy and paste the URL into your browser’s address bar.)

New presentations go live at 10:00am each Monday morning and are only accessible through Sunday.

The series is being brought to you by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation – we would appreciate your input!

--Andrea Milligan,


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We would love to tell you all about the fantastic wraparound services we provide to our cohort of Black and Latina/o students. We are kicking off our fall recruitment plan and would love an opportunity to visit your classroom or department to share information about our incredible wraparound support services. Please complete this form if you want a team member to visit you virtually, in person, or by video asynchronously!

--Michele Cubelli Harris,


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Sign up now for the Mobile Markets!

Free farmers market-style distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables and, at times, non-perishable food items. The next mobile markets will be held on the Danvers Campus (9/14) and on the Lynn Campus (10/07) and 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗯𝗲 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗡𝗦𝗖𝗖 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀, 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗳𝗳. Registration will be required for each monthly market. Sign up here.




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Calling all creatives! 

We need actors, artists, stage crew, and more to join us for NSCC's Fall ’22 production (title tbd)!

If you would like to participate in a live theatrical production, join us this fall - no experience needed! 

For more information about how you can become involved contact Matthew Woods 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.                                  

Think about this:

Multicultural competency is the process of learning about and becoming allies with people from other cultures, thereby broadening our own understanding and ability to participate in a multicultural process. The key element to becoming more culturally competent is respect for the ways that others live in and organize the world and an openness to learn from them.

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


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