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“To create a supportive learning environment of cultural inclusion
that embraces all identities and inspires initiative and excellence.” NECC Vision Statement


2016-2017 Culture and Inclusion Learning Group


Past Events (2016-2017)
Our last meeting for the Spring Semester was on April 13 in SC 213 on the Haverhill campus.   

 On March 24 the Culture and Inclusion Committee hosted "Belonging and Power Workshop" with Judith Kamber, former Dean of Professional Development, and Victor Martinez, the Executive Director of Communities Together.  

NECC Culture and Inclusion, in partnership with The Center for Professional Development, Department of Academic and Student Affairs, and Student Services sponsored showings and discussion of the critically acclaimed documentary "13th", which explores issues of race within the US incarceration system. This event was held on 2/27 in Haverhill and 2/28 in Lawrence. 
More than 150 students, faculty, and staff attended! Thank you to everyone who helped to make this event a success. 


17 Members of our Learning Community attended the 2016 Race Amity Conference from 11/17-11/19

October 19, 2016 Meeting 

August 2016 Retreat at Quarrybrook Outdoor Learning Center


2015-2016 Culture and Inclusion Learning Group


"Northern Essex Community College strives to be a model of diversity and inclusion; the campus community reflects the layers of cultural and identity that proudly make up our region, nation, and world.  We respect, value, and celebrate the strengths, characteristics, and perspectives of all and promote an inclusive environment that leverages the unique contributions of each individual, group, and organization into all aspects of our work."

If you accept the invitation for this learning group, you will have some reading/reviewing as well as core activities in each of the four hour sessions designed to explore the current literature, concepts and experiences in a safe environment.  We have engaged guest speakers/colleagues from other colleges who will share their insight and best-practices.  Our tentative agenda is the following:

Three Fridays for Fall semester 12- 4 pm

1.     September 11 – First gathering.  Introductions, inquiry into our best practices of cultural inclusion, goals for the program, video.  Book and Video sign up for review.   
                              Guest:  Idelia Smith, Assistant VP Academic Affairs, 
Holyoke Community College, Affirmative Action Officer, Director of Administration, Title IX Coordinator,  
                   Council for Community, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion reporting to President.    

2.     October 16 – Experiencing a Culturally Inclusive Campus.  Race and Cultural Amity. 
                            Guest Dr. William Smith, Executive Director of the National Center for Race Amity, Wheelock College. 

3.     December 18 - Moving forward with Culture and Inclusion. Planning for next steps. 

Conference Opportunity:    November 19-21 National Race Amity Conference, Boston Marriott, Quincy, Mass.  Participants in the Culture and Inclusion Learning Group will have priority to attend this conference as a group.

We are looking forward to this opportunity to learn together.

February 16 Event - Black History Month February 16th, 2-3:30 pm TC 103, 100 Elliot St, Haverhill, MA   6:30 to 8 pm.  Lawrence Dimitry Atrium, 45 Franklin St, Lawrence, MA

May 6 - Meeting - NOTES

June 12 - Race Amity Festival - Rose Kennedy Greenway

July - Meeting with lunch

August -  Retreat
For more information please contact:

Dr. William Heineman, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs wheineman@necc.mass.edu
Dr. Linda L. Meccouri, Dean of Professional Development  lmeccouri@necc.mass.edu
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Linda Meccouri,
Jan 28, 2016, 9:25 AM
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Linda Meccouri,
Jan 28, 2016, 9:25 AM