Niagara County Community College (NCCC) has appointed Assistant Professor John D. Strong as the new Chief Diversity and Equity Officer starting in the fall of 2020. This is a newly created position to lead the Diversity and Inclusion Committee that was formed in September of 2016. Strong has been at the College for over 14 years, working as an Assistant Professor in Health and Physical Education and serving as the Personal Trainer Certificate Coordinator. He holds a Master of Science degree from Walden University and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Canisius College.
Along with other Diversity and Inclusion Committee members, Strong is working to increase support for social justice and civility in developing curricula, programs, services, policies, and procedures on campus as noted in the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategic Action Plan. Initiatives such as hosting “Diverse Dialogues” will bring together faculty, staff, students, and community members together for conversations on how the campus can be a better and more inclusive place to learn and work. The committee is also working to create a comprehensive webpage that will include all initiatives that the campus community can get involved in, and will also provide opportunities to share ideas and feedback to improve the campus experience.
In response to his appointment, Strong states, “I really look forward to serving in this role as we try to bring Niagara County Community College into a more anti-racist and unified future.” He will continue to serve as a faculty member in addition to his role as the Chief Diversity and Equity Officer.