NSCC Promotes Respect & Inclusion Through New Series

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iNSights, a new respect and inclusion-themed speaking and performance series at North Shore Community College will launch on September 27 with a “Meet a Muslim” program to be held on the college’s Danvers Campus, 1 Ferncroft Road, room DS119 at 2 p.m.

The event will also be streamed on Facebook Live on the NSCC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/myNSCC.

The goal of the co-curricular programming series, which incorporates social justice and exposure to various cultures, is to build bridges, respect, understanding, and acceptance by deconstructing misconceptions and stereotypes. iNSights theme of “Respect and Inclusion” is taken from NSCC’s Mission statement. For the academic year 2017-2018, the series will focus on different religious faiths.

Co-curricular programming is a learning outcomes driven initiative that strives to further student learning by reiterative experiences both inside and outside the classroom. The project is a collaboration between the college’s Liberal Studies faculty, the Office of Student Engagement and Academic Affairs.

“We live in very troubling times, times of heightened fear and xenophobia. This is a perfect moment for this kind of programming which aligns perfectly with the college’s mission of respect and inclusion of all,” said NSCC President Patricia A. Gentile. “NSCC is an incredibly diverse institution and the more we can learn about and from each other the better off we will all be.”

Moina Shaiq

On September 27, Moina Shaiq, a wife, mother, grandmother, active member of her local community, and Muslim, will be bringing her program “Meet a Muslim” to NSCC. To read more about Moina and her project go to: Moina Shaiq

Basic learning outcomes include engaging with someone of another faith and developing a greater understanding and appreciation for a culture other than one’s own.

Intermediate Learning Outcomes entail identifying key facts and positive facets of another faith including histories, traditions, and practices and identifying gaps in one’s own knowledge about faith-based traditions as well as identifying ways to access resources to increase knowledge.

Ultimately, program organizers hope participants will: demonstrate knowledge of contributions made by individuals from other faiths or other diverse and/or underrepresented faith-based groups to our local, national, and global communities; develop critical and reflective perspectives on difference; identify barriers to inclusiveness and strategies to overcome these barriers.

The series will feature four co-curricular programs this academic year, two in the fall and two in the spring. The series will present one Abrahamic and one Dharmic religion each semester. The next event in this series will be on November 8 in Lynn on “Gods and Goddesses” on Hinduism, 2-3:30pm in the Lynn Campus cafeteria, 300 Broad Street.  For more information on the series, contact Dennis Hicks at dhicks@northshore.edu

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