Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
College Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Vision Statement
North Country Community College aspires to raise competence, critical consciousness, and civil discourse around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion as an integral part of our institutional mission, and to increase our culture of inclusion through a renewed commitment to collectively evolve our understanding within our campus and regional communities.
We believe it is our responsibility as an educational institution and as community leaders to actively address bias and injustices on a local and global scale, and to actively engage in conversations and activities that will build this competence among our students, faculty, staff, and community members.
We believe that in order to demonstrate our commitment to accept and value the whole individual that we must continually strive to adopt and practice more inclusive programs, services, and processes, to recognize and acknowledge our limited demographic diversity, and to actively seek more understanding of global diversity issues and social justice activism.
It is through academic infusion, intentional outside-the-classroom experiences, and forging alliances that we will actualize these values and goals.
North Country Community College supports a community in which differences enrich the educational climate. We care about each and every single student that becomes a part of our community. North Country Community College promotes equality within our community by respecting one another and encouraging a community of tolerance.
As a community, we will not tolerate any bias related crimes involving any of our employees or students. North Country Community College will apprehend and prosecute persons responsible for bias related crimes committed against any member of our community. Aggravated harassment and assault are two examples of criminal acts which can be motivated by bias against individuals based on their race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, disability, religion or religious practice or sexual orientation. We encourage anyone who witnesses or is a victim of such crimes to come forward and seek justice. Acceptance, safety, peace and equality are what we stand for and you are asked to support this mission as well.
Members of the College Diversity Task Force include faculty, staff, and students who meet regularly to discuss strategies for engaging our campus community and local residents in expanding their cultural competence and critical consciousness. We work closely with community partners including the Adirondack Diversity Initiative to accomplish these goals.
Our 2016 Diversity Plan includes the following themes for action: campus climate, academic infusion, student and employee recruitment and retention efforts, and community engagement. A new 2020 Diversity Plan is under development.
Our Fall 2020 virtual series on Indigenous Voices - Akwesasne starts Oct. 1, 2020. Pre-registration and details are published at nccc.edu/live.
John Brown Lives!, North Country Community College, Lake Flower Landing and Bluseed Studios are proud to co-sponsor a virtual screening of award-winning short film Ohero:Kon (Under the Husk) by Katsitsiooni Fox, Thursday, September 24 at 7:30 pm. The film will be available to watch online from September 20-25. There will be a conversation with the Katsitsionni and one of the young women in the film immediately following the Sept. 24 screening at approximately 8 p.m.
To register for this screening, follow this link: https://form.jotform.com/202466257413049
“Ohero:kon - Under the Husk” is a 26-min documentary following the journey of two Mohawk girls as they take part in their traditional passage rites to become Mohawk Women. Kaienkwinehtha and Kasennakohe are childhood friends from traditional families living in the Mohawk Community of Akwesasne. They both take part in a four- year adolescent passage rites ceremony called Oheró:kon “Under the Husk” that has been revived in their community. This ceremony challenges them spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. It shapes the women they become.
- Film website and Trailer: underthehuskfilm.com
- Screening free of change but voluntary donations can be made to the Akwesasne Freedom School: paypal.me/foafs
- For more information: contact Jerilea Zempel, email@example.com
VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING available on demand in our North Country Live Playlist.
MORE RESOURCES COMING SOON - UNDER DEVELOPMENT
- What to Read:
- An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
- American Islamophobia by Khaled Beydoun
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Blacks in the Adirondacks: A History by Sally Svenson
- Evicted by Matthew Desmond
- Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
- Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall
- How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram Kendi
- Rural Indigenousness by Melissa Otis
- Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
- Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- What to Listen to:
- What to Watch:
- Other Recommended Resources:
- Adirondack Diversity Initiative
- Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance
- John Brown Lives!
- Implicit Bias Test - Harvard Project Implicit
- Native Land Map
- North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association
- Six Nations Indian Museum
- SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- The Decolonial Atlas
- Vision Maker Media
Special Thanks: Our campus All-Gender Bathroom signs were made possible by a generous donation from SmartSign.com.