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“NCCC is committed to creating a diverse environment for all of the valued stakeholders within our institutional community.  We endeavor to create an atmosphere where people are emboldened to stand up and speak up because their voices will not only heard but respected and responded to.”

– Dr. William J. Murabito, President

Dr. William J. Murabito, President

Cultivating Diversity in the Classroom and the Workplace

Students in courtyard

Are you a student who is interested in applying to the SUNY Student Assembly and its EDI task force?

Inclusion Initiatives

The NCCC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee was created in September 2016. It serves as an initiative to actively engage the whole college community in recognizing the importance of diversity for assuring the success of all members of our college community, including students, staff, faculty, and administration, in an ever-increasingly global environment.

The 2020-2021 committee members consist of Jonathan Bellomo, Will Brinson, Catherine Brown, Suzanne Buffamanti, Allyson Knuutila-Clark (student), Erika Grande, Chris Herbeck, Angela Jackson, Maurice Jackson (student), Micah Jones, Kareen Klettke, Karen Kwandrans, Pamela Lange, Monica Lopoyda, Brian Marrales*, Arianna Morales (student), Julia Pitman, John D Strong, Rhonda Bivins-Talley, Heather Trumble, Lydia Ulatowski

*Brian Marrales will join us for the remainder of the academic year as a guest member from Niagara University.

Are you interested in contributing to the NCCC EDI Committee?

Contact John D Strong

Diversity Dialogues

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 – October 15

September 15 to October 15 is celebrated nationwide as National Hispanic Heritage Month. It traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. More than 500 years of Hispanic and Latino history and heritage can be found in national parks or shared through National Park Service programs and partners in communities across the country.

Hispanic refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a Spanish-speaking country.

Latino/a or Latinx refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a country in Latin America.

During this month and throughout the year, we, and our partners, share history, heritage, and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino Americans of past and present. Join the conversation on social media by sharing your own inspiration and learning more about Hispanic and Latino heritage by using #HispanicHeritageMonth and #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Clubs & Organizations

Black Student Union

A club where the African American Student can obtain assistance, guidance, and direction concerning their transition to college life.  Open to any student.  Advisors: Will Brinson, G-242A, 716-614-6258 and Angela Jackson, G-225, 716-614-5979.

Cru at NCCC

The purpose of this chapter is to build movements of people who are transformed by Jesus Christ.  The student-led movements seek to introduce students to Christ, help them to grow in faith, encourage them to passionately live life in a manner consistent with belief in the God of the Bible, and inspire commitment to advancing the purposes of God in the world. Advisor: Ryan Sessman | D-201 | 716-614-6724

Pride Alliance

Provides informal peer group support to discuss concerns of sexual minorities. Advisor: Jesse Goldberg, D-102N, 716-614-6741 and Laurie Johnston-Stickney, E-130, 716-614-6750.

Veterans Association

The veterans club is open to all students and host events such as the Veterans Day Ceremony, overseas care packages, and fundraising to upgrade our Veterans Memorial Park (located near the main entrance of the campus). Advisor: Joseph Potalivo, B-103, 716-614-6283.

Course List

COM 210: Intercultural Communication3Spring 2021Surdyke
HIS 210: Native American HistoryOW / AH3Fall 2021 or Spring 2022Fisher
HIS 255: Holocausts: From Rome to RwandaSS3Spring 2021Clarcq
HON 103: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion1Spring 2021Lange
HUS/EDU 120 Disabilities: Birth Through Adolescence3Spring 2021Oberjosh/Hamilton
HUS/EDU 210 Anti-Bias in Early Childhood Education3Spring 2021Gress
HUS 122 Disabilities & AgingOER3Spring 2021Oberjosh
HUS 217 Diversity in Chemical Dependency CounselingOER3Spring 2021Oberjosh
LIT 222: Contemporary World LiteratureH3Spring 2021Pietrzykowski
LIT 231: African American LiteratureH3Fall 2021Varies
LIT 233: Native American LiteratureH3Spring 2021Sharma
MUS 130: Urban Music: BeBop to Hip-HopAR3Fall 2021 as CAP course in Lockport HS
SOC 203: Social Problems (spring ’21 by A. Pollard)SS3Spring 2021Pollard
SOC 260: Sociology of the FamilySS3Spring 2021Pollard
SOC 270: Community StudiesSS3Spring 2021Johnson
SSC 111: Gender, Sexuality and CultureSpring 2021Oberjosh
THA 110: Black Drama and FilmAR / H3Fall 2021Buffamanti


Topic: Mindfully Resolving Cross-Cultural Conflicts in the Classroom recording
Description: So often, our educators, counselors, and administrators want to learn how to mindfully resolve cross-cultural conflicts, but are stuck in trying to answer some very familiar questions, “How do we create an atmosphere where every member is seen and valued? What if a cross-cultural conflict escalates and polarizes everyone in the room? What if I’m part of the problem? If I don’t even know about my own culture, how can I help someone else discover and celebrate theirs?” What if it starts to get really emotional, what should I do? It’s time we move beyond the simplicity of thinking that diversity awareness can only be expressed through our foods, costumes, and dances, to understanding that it is our spiritual, emotional, and traditional differences that are the untold and uncharted territory begging to be honored, valued and integrated into our classrooms, counseling and administrative practices.
Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Links: https://youtu.be/NxsbFVSo0s4, The Art of Mindful Inquiry, Conflict Facilitation Training Handbook

Topic: Observing Juneteenth
Description: Juneteenth commemorates our country’s second independence day on June 19th, 1865. Although it has long been celebrated in the African American community, this monumental event remains largely unknown to most Americans.  The historical legacy of Juneteenth shows the value of never giving up hope in uncertain times. The National Museum of African American History and Culture (link below) is a community space where this spirit of hope lives on. A place where historical events like Juneteenth are shared and new stories with equal urgency are told.
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021
Links: ADL Texas Juneteenth Celebration 2021 Video, Historical Legacy of Juneteenth, Celebrating Juneteenth

Topic: Faith and Facts Fireside Chats
Description: An important conversation with Grammy-Award-winning recording artist, Regina Belle, CEO of the Black Coalition Against COVID-19, Dr. Reed Tuckson, and faith leaders from around the country to discuss balancing faith with facts as we navigate our COVID-19 vaccination journeys.
Start Time: Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 7pm ET / 6pm CT / 4pm PT
Registration: RSVP at bit.ly/AARPCall

Topic: Diversity Dialogue #3: 3 Lessons of Revolutionary Love in a Time of Rage with Valerie Kaur
Start Time:
Friday, April 16th at 12pm 
Meeting Recording:

Access Passcode: $*@n20SD

Topic: Present Day Freedom Seekers and The Power of our Stories
Start Time: Feb 17, 2021 12:08pm
Meeting Recording:
Access Passcode: z@14kDUo

Topic: A Non-Binary Transition with Sage Skyler
Start Time: Oct 30, 2020 01:45 PM
Meeting Recording:
Access Passcode: 1&sV0g7#

Topic: Diversity Dialogue #1: My Identity is My Superpower!
Start Time: Sep 29, 2020 12:25 PM
Meeting Recording:
Access Passcode: j4!rQdhi

Mission, Vision, & Core Values

  • Mission – The EDI Committee strives to ensure that underrepresented and economically disadvantaged populations will be recognized and connected to the NCCC community. Through intentionally designed strategies, academic offerings, policies, and practices, the College will work to empower these groups toward successful outcomes. The Committee supports the College in building a diverse and inclusive space where historically marginalized populations are valued.
  • Vision – NCCC’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee aspires to build lasting partnerships between students, employees, and the Niagara County community in the journey of education both inside and outside of the classroom. Through these efforts, our College will continually strive to support inclusiveness, celebrate diversity, and insist on equity for all.
  • Core Values – Constancy, integrity, transparency, cultural fluency, student-centeredness, accessibility, collegiality, and lifelong learning inform our institution’s work to ensure that NCCC graduates demonstrate global awareness, civic engagement, appreciation of differences, and diversity, civility, ethics, and aesthetics.


Workforce Development Program

Services provided to eligible Native Americans

The NACS Workforce Development Program is committed to assisting tribal members in finding meaningful jobs through counseling, education, and training, as well as small business development and technical assistance to achieve economic self-sufficiency and improve quality of life. The services we provide include:

  • 6-week Work Experience program.
  • Assistance in identifying barriers to employment.
  • Career counseling/exploration.
  • Case Management related to workforce activities.
  • Educational resources and information.
  • Entrepreneurial/Small business technical assistance training information.
  • Follow-up services.
  • Interviewing preparation.
  • Job search and placement assistance.
  • Occupational skills training/Skills upgrade.
  • On-the-job training.
  • Referral and linkage services.
  • Referrals to SEASONS Program.
  • Status Card/Tribal documentation assistance.
  • Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) classes—formerly GED.
  • Tuition Assistance.
Resource links

For further information on scholarships, please visit our ‘How to apply‘ for scholarships webpage.


Collin Lacki


Collin Lacki ‘21

Music major at NCCC

“…the shift to online is difficult with a lot of platforms not being accessible.” However, Collin does note that NCCC is providing him with the support he needs to overcome these challenges. Lacki is a student advocate on our NCCC campus. He was elected to the NCCC Student Government Association, serves as secretary/treasurer for the New York State Association of Blind Students and serves on the newly formed SUNY Student Voices Action Committee, which is working towards accessibility across New York state. Listen to his cares and concerns, along with the rest of his WBFO interview. We applaud his passionate advocacy.

John D Strong

John D Strong
Chief Diversity and Equity Officer
Phone: 716-614-5900
Email: jstrong@niagaracc.suny.edu
Location: H-162

Read Officer Strong’s biography