Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

“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), Kareen Klettke, Karen Kwandrans, Pamela Lange, Monica Lopoyda, Arianna Morales (student), Julia Pitman, Harsh Sharma, John Strong, Rhonda Bivins-Talley, Gail Tylec, Heather Trumble.

Meeting Schedule: 1/14, 2/11, 3/11, 4/8 & 5/6 at 2pm

Are you interested in contributing to the NCCC EDI Committee?

Contact John D Strong

Diversity Dialogues

MLK Day of Service

January 2021

Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. AmeriCorps has been charged with leading this effort for the past quarter-century.

AmeriCorps is collaborating with the Presidential Inaugural Committee on the MLK National Day of Service.

Together we encourage you to engage in volunteer service in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. If you are hosting a service project, please register it on the Presidential Inaugural website. Make a commitment to serve in your community on MLK Day and throughout 2021.

I commit to serve

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
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.


  • Anti-Racist Training was provided for all full-time faculty facilitated by the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee trainers during this year’s All Faculty Meeting.
  • New Faculty Orientation presentations provided for new Faculty partners to acquaint them with our campus community.
  • Students and staff attended the UB Speaker Series featuring speaker, Angela Davis, an American political activist, Academic, and former Black Panther.
  • NCCC had the honor of hosting Keith Boykin, as a guest speaker for a workshop on the importance of inclusiveness in higher education, the workplace, and society.
  • National Coming Out Day was celebrated with students in the Learning Commons in collaboration with the Office of Student Life.
  • The Committee organized a series of ‘Brown Bag Lunches’ with employees to discuss topics such as “Diversity in the Workplace,” “Are Diverse companies really more innovative?” “How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time” and “Color Blind or Color Brave”.
  • A Diversity Panel Discussion took place during NCCC’s Professional Development Days to address EDI on the NCCC campus.
Keith Boykin

Keith Boykin, author, actor and a contributor on CNN, speaks at NCCC on September 26, 2019.

John Strong

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

Read Mr. Strong's biography