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Link to schedule of events. 

 Zoom Webinar Link to access all AAW events.


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WooSox Community College Night

After a day of downpours, the skies cleared just in time for students and staff, proudly wearing NSCC gear, to enjoy #WooSox Community College Night at Polar Park in Worcester.  Additional photos may be viewed on Facebook or Flickr.



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Ice Cream Social Meet & Greet

Students, faculty, and staff on both campuses enjoyed a last taste of summer at last week's Ice Cream Social Meet and Greets with Dr. Jennifer Mezquita, Provost, Justine Caron, Chief People & Culture Officer and Lieutenant Kevin Marshall, Community Resources Officer.  Additional photos may be viewed on Facebook or Flickr.



coffee, notepad, penCTLI Coffee and Conversations Series

We are excited to announce that the CTLI Coffee and Conversations Series will be back this year.

Over the fall 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 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.

The first Coffee and Conversations session will be on Friday, September 30th and the topic will be โ€œTeaching in the 'Post-Pandemic' Classroomโ€. Please join CTLI staff in a conversation around the pandemic's impact on the teaching and learning environment. This will be an opportunity to reflect on and share the teaching strategies utilized during the pandemic that were effective and will be continued into this upcoming year (as well as future years) as well as those that might not have been effective but with enhancements could work to promote student success.

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

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

  • October 14

  • October 28

  • November 18

  • December 2

  • December 16

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 September 30th!
--Andrea Milligan, Director, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation/Instructional Technology



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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
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Navigate Weekly Workshops

As mentioned before, the Navigate team has created short video clips of student facing functionality within Navigate. We know that not all Staff/Faculty have access to the student portal. With that being said, over the next several weeks, the first hour of our Wednesday workshops will be used highlighting one or two of the new student video content and how that can be leveraged, used, or coincides with various tools/functionality on the Staff/Faculty facing Navigate portal! If youโ€™d like a head-start on some of the video content, please see our Navigate NSCC - Youtube Channel. Make sure to like & subscribe! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The institution has moved forward with a new onboarding process for newly accepted students. These students will be introduced to Navigate as the second โ€œstepโ€ in their onboarding experience. This means that almost ALL of our students will be using Navigate. 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.

Wednesday, Sept. 28th

2:00PM - 2:45PM                   Student Tips: How to View your โ€œTo-Dosโ€ โ€“ What are they?

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

Thank you for your interest in Navigate!

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




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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 youโ€™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


andrea defusco sullivanAndrea DeFusco-Sullivan (she/her/ella) is the Assistant Provost at NSCC and has been at the College for nine years. Andrea identified as Latina (Cuban and Italian).

  • Why do you feel it's important to recognize Hispanic Heritage?

Hispanic heritage is American heritage!

  • What are your thoughts on the contributions Hispanic/Latino/a/x people have made to society? 

Obviously, the world is welcome to our contributions to gastronomy....from cacao, to rum, to maize. But many people ignore Latinos' contribution to American history. Hispanics have changed the course of historic events in the United States--for the better-- since the War of Independence itself -- helping to establish and preserve the union, fight for our country's liberty (and that of other nations) in war, and building our national economy during peace.

Did you know General George Washington could not have won the Battle of Yorktown without Cuban women?  And how would the balance of power have changed during World War II without the quarter-million Latinos who served?  Look it up!

  • What are some of the things you wish you knew more about your heritage?  

I wish I wasn't the youngest cousin in my family. I would have liked to know my relatives more.

  • How do you wish to see higher education embrace and celebrate the Latinx/Hispanic community?

The myth of American exceptionalism is just that--a myth. No "heroes" win alone. When you teach all of history, you will see that Hispanics are ingrained in the story of America.



Dulce GonzalezDulce Gonzalez (she/her(s)/ella) is the Community Liaison with Strategic Partnerships at NSCC. Dulce joined NSCC within the past year and identifies as Latina, Guatemalteca.

  • Why do you feel it's important to recognize Hispanic Heritage?

It is important to recognize Hispanic Heritage because heritage keeps our traditions and roots alive. We must not forget where we come from, who our people are and how far along we've been able to come thanks to the sacrifices and history of our peoples. 

  • What are your thoughts on the contributions Hispanic/Latino/a/x people have made to society?

The contributions that our immigrant Hispanic population and second generation Hispanic population have made have been the backbone of our modern society. We have all contributed in the progress of diversification, culture, ethnicity and building a rich society of collaboration. 

  • What are some of the things you wish you knew more about your heritage? 

I wish I knew more history. You can never know enough about the story of your past family and culture.

  • What are some of the things you wish people know more about your heritage?

The Guatemalan society long ago was what is today known as "Central America" we are indigenous people who have survived generations upon generations of suffrage but have long prevailed. We have 21 dialects or tongues that are still spoken in Guatemala, in indigenous tribes across the region, in addition to Spanish. 

  • How do you wish to see higher education embrace and celebrate the Latinx/Hispanic community?

I would like to see higher education continue to involve the culture and heritage in academia, student life and activities. 


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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 26th: How Can I Teach with Confidence in the Hyflex Classroom?

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 browserโ€™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 โ€“ 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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Meet Your Newest Colleagues!

Please give a warm NSCC welcome to your newest colleagues!  Pictured above, clockwise, starting top right, Ricardo Espaillat, EDP Systems Analyst II (Helpdesk Coordinator), Information Systems; Karyn King Fargo, Coordinator of Experiential Education & Internships, Cooperative Education/Internship; John Aslanian, Instructor, Liberal Studies Generalist, Dual Language, Liberal Studies.

Pictured below, clockwise, starting top left, Catherine Vigue, Assistant Professor, ESL, Academic Affairs; Jill Palermo, Staff Associate to the Provost for Academic and Student Affairs; Ginny King, Assistant Professor, Nutrition & Dietary Management, Health Professions; Dara Michelson, Assistant Professor, Nurse Education Program, Health Professions.

Welcome, all!


c. vigue, j. palermo, d. michelson, g. king




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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 Lynn Campus (10/07) and on the Danvers Campus (10/12) and ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ก๐—ฆ๐—–๐—– ๐˜€๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€, ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ณ. Registration will be required for each monthly market. Sign up here.



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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:

Be an ally. An ally is someone who makes the commitment and effort to recognize their privilege (based on gender, class, race, sexual identity, etc.) and work in solidarity with oppressed groups in the struggle for justice. Allies understand that it is in their own interest to end all forms of oppression, even those from which they may benefit in concrete ways. Allies commit to reducing their own complicity or collusion in oppression of those groups and invest in strengthening their own knowledge and awareness of oppression.

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


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