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You are invited to a celebration of leadership and learning.

Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

6 - 9 pm

Please RSVP here by Tuesday, October 18, 2022.

 The Learning and Community Engagement Division at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston invite MA Community College students and faculty to an evening celebrating the “The Obama Portraits Tour” and “Portraits of Leadership.”

Learn about the MFA Pathways Internship Program from 6:15 to 7 pm followed by reception,* access to the exhibitions, and remarks by Dr. Mariel Novas, Patti and Jonathan Kraft Chief of Learning and Community Engagement

Please use the Huntington Avenue Entrance for check-in.

Parking is available in the garage and surface lots on Museum Road. For questions related to the event, please email

* Please be prepared to present ID; alcohol will be available during the reception.

In celebration of the Pozen Community College Access Program, made possible by Liz and Bob Pozen.



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Cybersecurity Briefing

NSCC hosted a recent briefing for local and state officials on cybersecurity, organized by Rep. Sally Kerans and presented by the MA National Guard. President William Heineman welcomed the group to the college and Dr. Steven Hubbard shared NSCC's academic offerings in cybersecurity, computer science and professional education. Great to welcome other members of our legislative delegation to campus, including Reps. Thomas Walsh and Peter Capano, and Senator Joan Lovely.



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Academic Achievement Week

Students, faculty, and staff on both campuses took part in Academic Achievement Week, held from September 27-29. All events were geared toward educating and connecting students to all the resources available to elevate their academic success, including the Library, Tutoring, CTLI (Blackboard Help), CAS and Testing, Accessibility Services, Office of Student Engagement (Honors Societies: PTK and NSLS) and Strategic Partnerships (Internships).

All events occurred simultaneously in Lynn South, 2nd Floor Lounge (LS201), and Danvers Berry Lobby with video conferencing provided through Zoom Webinar.

Exhibit tables were open for students to browse and free raffle tickets and refreshments were available to attendees.  Presentations occurred on the themes of how students can Save Time, Save Money and Save Stress, and a student panel in Danvers and a faculty panel in Lynn shared tips and tricks for a successful semester.

Stay tuned for the launch of Academic Achievement Week's Virtual Site, which will include event recordings, videos showcasing department resources and services, as well as handouts and brochures to keep our students achieving their best academically.

Photos may be viewed on Facebook or Flickr.

--The Achievement Team





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CTLI 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.

Our next Coffee and Conversations session will be on Friday, October 14 and the topic will be “Utilizing LinkedIn Learning as a Teaching and Learning Tool”. More information will be forthcoming.

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 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 October 14!

--Andrea Milligan, Director, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation/Instructional Technology



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Cafe Specials for October

Note the FREE BOO-berry muffins on Halloween! 
October Cafe Calendar




Appreciation, Recognition and Engagement Feedback

The Committee for Appreciation, Recognition and Engagement (CARE) is looking for your feedback! Part of the charge of this committee is to organize employee appreciation, recognition and engagement. We welcome your ideas as to what you think would be meaningful in all three areas. Please respond by Friday, October 7 with your suggestions. All responses will be anonymous unless you would like to share your name. Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your ideas with us!  Feedback Form

--CARE Committee







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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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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


yessika hurtado 2Yessika Hurtado (she/her/hers) is a Special Program Coordinator with the RAP Experience at NSCC. Yessika has been with the College for 16+ years and identifies as Latina- Dominicana.

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

We, Hispanics, have the responsibility to contribute to this nation’s story. We have the right not only to own a sentence in the present and future of this nation, but an entire chapter.  Our Hispanic community is rich, diverse, and unique.  I believe that preventing the world from knowing about us is a selfish act. I want all cultures from all ages and backgrounds to have the opportunity to know how our simple presence gives this nation a reason to smile, feel more welcoming , and accepting.  To answer your question, I don’t believe we care much about recognition, yet we love to be the center of attention. I learned over the years that being the “center of attention” or “being recognized”, it’s not always about us.  In most cases, the need for recognition comes from what we want our people back home to know.  It is about the message we are sending to those watching us closely. This is our way of reassuring them and helping them feel better about the decision we made when we moved  to the United States.  We want them to feel proud.  This spotlight, for example, is one of the many ways people like me become the center of attention.  This is not about me. Yes,  I want the world  to hear my voice, but I also have an entire family back home waiting to hear about me. I can hear my dad cheering me up from heaven saying: “Esa es mi caballa” , as his way of expressing  how proud he is in his unique, fun way.  Also because us, Hispanics, we never underestimate a good reason to celebrate. We are the life of the party! Always, the life of the party!

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

Uff, so many different amazing contributions that I don’t think we even have the space to list them. One of the most important contributions of Latinos to the United States, from my humble opinion, and without trying to offend anyone,  is simply having us here.  It is the courageous decision to leave our native lands to make this land our own. Think about it, I neglected my native country's ability to serve as my home. I prevented my country from utilizing my potential.  They don’t know about my passions, my skill set, and my commitment to be better at a personal and professional level. I am letting this nation enjoy me, own me with all the rights and without limitations. Our religion,faith,productivity, sense of community, amazing food,friends, family, everything was left behind, and we are here giving everything we have to make this country a better place every single day. 

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

I wish I was mentally prepared to defend and appreciate how our ancestors shaped not only our historical legacy, but the way we carry that legacy.  Back home this is something that we take for granted, and then we come to the United States to realize that our legacy is evident  in the way we communicate, pray, cry, love, and that sometimes that legacy is so powerful that it is almost impossible to go unnoticed. However, I wish I knew that the same legacy that makes us proud and unique was the same legacy that created and continues to create all these different levels of discrimination, and social injustice among us.  I also wish others knew that our faith in God is extremely important, and when we say “Que Dios te bendiga” “God bless you” we mean it in a very spiritual, powerful way, and that the phrase  has nothing to do with you, or your beliefs, it comes from our amazing heritage.  

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

That we bring a natural humor to everything we do.  That we are extremely passionate.  That your food is great, but mine is the best (no offense). That your music is great, but mine is the best, (again no offense), and everything we do will always be the best because it is a cultural thing (no offense)! Hahahaha

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

I daydream of the day our NSCC higher education structure becomes more inclusive, not only in paper or labels, but in its intentions. It is nice to see signs translated  in Spanish. This new idea of providing the basics of  Spanish communication courses/ training to non-Spanish speakers, faculty and staff, is a great move toward inclusiveness, yet  it is equally important to be more intentional. I believe our institution hiring practices should and must become  a reflection of our loyalty and commitment to our Hispanic serving institution “label”.  I find critical the need to increase Hispanic visibility in leadership roles. I am and consider myself a vivid example of this lack of opportunity. Please, start noticing our Hispanidad. Noticing our potential, passion, commitment, and start recognizing them not only with words behind the scene, but with real action. 




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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 October 3rd: What Interventions Help Students Master Deep Reading and Engage with Assignments?

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 Lynn Campus (10/07) and on the Danvers Campus (10/12) 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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Link to Peer Mentor Flyer

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Link to Advanced Manufacturing Flyer

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Please like and share NSCC's Service-Learning Facebook and Instagram pages.


They are looking to rebuild and grow their social media pages to make the service-learning program more accessible to students and faculty.  Thank you for your support!

NSCC Service Learning on Facebook

NSCC Service Learning on Instagram



Worthy Causes
Help in the fight against Breast Cancer and ALS

Hello NSCC colleagues, I am reaching out for your annual help in supporting the fight against Breast Cancer and ALS.  I walk annually in memoriam and for survivors.  This year will be my 11th year walking to raise funds and to support more research for cures.  I hope that you can join me in providing real-time help to those facing and fighting these devastating diseases.

You can make a donation online by clicking the button above my fundraising thermometer.

Walk to Defeat ALS, Boston Walk  - Massachusetts Chapter
October 16
Team Captain:  (me) Vanessa Bates
Donate Team:  W L Bates
Fundraising Goal:  $500

Susan G Komen Race For The Cure Breast Cancer Walk
Walk  - October 29th
Team Captain:  (me) Vanessa Bates
Donate Team:  AJ Ladybugs
Fundraising Goal:  $500

Thank you for helping me raise money in support of ending Breast Cancer forever and finding a cure for ALS.

Most Sincerely,

Vanessa Bates, TRIO/Student Support Services



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.                                  

October Deep Dive:

High-achieving Black athletes throughout the decades have been inspired and motivated by those who came before them. Many of these originals were the first professional black athletes in their sports and set examples for fans and future superstars alike. In this article famed athletes share recollections of these heroes who set records, won championships and made their marks, showing later generations what was possible.

Think About This:

Sally Ride was NASA’s first female astronaut, and the first acknowledged gay astronaut, going into space in 1983. She still holds the record as the youngest American Astronaut in space at 32 years old. Her duty was to operate the robotic arm on the Challenger SPAS-1. In 2001, she and her partner founded Sally Ride Science, a non-profit which continues to promote STEM literacy, with a particular focus on getting girls interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.


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


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