Welcome from the Office of Multicultural Affairs

September 14, 2020

Sep 17, 2020

Greetings from the Office of Multicultural Affairs!

 The Office of Multicultural Affairs is committed to continuing to be a source of support for our underrepresented students and a focal point for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion at North Central College.  We would like to share some news and upcoming events from our office with the campus community.

 For more information about our office, contact us at mca@noctrl.edu. Also follow us on social media: Facebook @NCCMulticulturalAffairs and Instagram @ncc_oma. You can also find more information about our programs on the Hub.


Meet Our Staff Members

Dorothy Pleas
Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Multicultural Affairs
Location: Old Main Office 505
Email: djpleas@noctrl.edu 

Stephania Rodriguez, MSEd
Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs
Location: Harold and Eva White Activities Center, Office 202C
Email: sjrodriguez@noctrl.edu 

Khadeil Ergas
Graduate Assistant
Location: Harold and Eva White Activities Center, Office 202E
Email: ktergas@noctrl.edu


Multicultural Student Center

The Multicultural Student Center is a spot for students to study, hang out, or lounge in between class periods. Due to new social distancing policies there is a limit of ten people in the Center at a time. Also, we advise that all students wear masks at all times. More information here.

 The office and the Multicultural Student Center is located in the Harold and Eva White Activities Center (WAC), second floor.


Office of Multicultural Affairs Newsletter

Our office would like to share a new initiative for the new school year -- a weekly Office of Multicultural Affairs Newsletter! If you would like to receive the newsletter, please fill out the Google Form:  https://forms.gle/aSuaLuN6P8XEP8M67

 If you would like us to add any information about any upcoming events that you or your department are offering related to diversity and inclusion, you may also submit that information to the Google Form OR by emailing mca@noctrl.edu. Please provide a brief description and attach any related images/flyers and/or links. We ask that any requests to add content to the newsletter be submitted at least by Tuesday of the preceding week.

For any questions, please contact Khadeil Ergas, Graduate Assistant for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, at ktergas@noctrl.edu


Upcoming Events

Race Minor Informational Meeting

Tuesday, September 15 from 12pm -1pm
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Many of you have asked for anti-racist education to become a centerpiece of the North Central curriculum. To get student input, Dr. Roy and Dr. Paustian will be hosting an informational meeting.

Bias Incident Policy Presentation

Wednesday, September 16 from 3pm-4:30pm 
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Rebecca Gordon, Kevin McCarthy, and Dorothy Pleas will provide information and solicit feedback that can be used to shape bias policy. 

Latinx Heritage Month

The Office of Multicultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Latinx Student Association (LSA), Fusión Española (FUSE), La Malinche (LAM), and the North Central College Spanish Department, invites you to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month! Latinx Heritage Month is a time to honor the history, culture, and contributions of all Hispanic and Latinx Americans.

 Latinx Heritage Month will take place September 15 – October 15, 2020. Check out our series of events below! For more information, follow us on Instagram @ncc_oma and the Presence App at https://noctrl.presence.io/events and email us at mca@noctrl.edu. Be on the lookout for other events from LSA, FUSE, and LAM happening throughout the month!

WEEK 4: Tuesday, September 15

¡Queremos Pastel! – Kick-Off Event
Location: Jefferson Patio/Lounge
Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm

Celebrate the start of Latinx Heritage Month with some sweet treats and learn about our Latinx student organizations! Members of Latinx Student Association (LSA), Fusión Española (FUSE), and La Malinche (LAM) will be present to share how to get involved and about their upcoming events!

WEEK 5: Thursday, September 24

Lecture: Hispanic Contributions to the U.S.
Facilitated by Dr. Jelena Sánchez
Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm

Learn about the many Hispanic Contributions to the U.S. from Dr. Jelena Sánchez, Assistant Professor of Spanish! Join us on Zoom as we learn about the historical significance and influence of Hispanic and Latinx Americans on the U.S.

Zoom Meeting ID: 897 7559 3744
Passcode: Wg5PH7

All Month Long: NC UNIDOS – Photo Display 

The Office of Multicultural Affairs would like to recognize our Latinx students, staff, and faculty for their contributions to the North Central College community through our NC Unidos photo display. We ask that our Latinx students, staff, and faculty submit their photo, which will be featured on our Instagram page @ncc_oma, as well as in the White Activities Center Lobby.

Latinx stories and backgrounds are rich with history, culture, and tradition and we want to showcase that during Latinx Heritage Month! To be a part of the photo display, please upload a headshot photo of yourself and complete this Google Form. Please submit by Friday, September 25, 2020. 

All Month Long: Latinx Cultures & Traditions Collage 

The Latinx Cultures & Traditions Collage is a virtual space for North Central Latinx community members to express the meaning of their culture and traditions through words, quotes, song, art, photography, and more by submitting them to our Google Form. Content will be shared together as a collage on our Instagram page @ncc_oma and displayed in the Multicultural Student Center. Please submit content by Friday, September 25, 2020.

WEEK 10 (Anti-Hate Week):

Monday, October 26 from 3pm-4:30pm – Bias Education Team Anti-Racism Workshop - Session 1

 WEEK 10 (Anti-Hate Week):

Wednesday, October 28 from 3pm-4:30pm – CHIRP Dialogue Training/Bias Education Team Anti-Racism Workshop - Session 2


Student Organization Updates

E.C.I First Meeting

Thursday, September 17 from 5 - 6pm
join them on Zoom--Meeting ID: 842-82304165
Passcode: 9YHRjB

Featuring a raffle for a $20 Visa gift card!

For more information email Elizabeth Rodriguez at earodriguez@noctrl.edu


Additional Resources

Bias Incident Report

The Bias Incident Report is an online form that anyone can fill out in as much detail as possible and submit to report an bias-related incident that was experienced or witnessed.

Cardinal Operation Hope and Help

Cardinal Operation Hope and Help provides emergency financial support for students with basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, transportation and educational supplies.