Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At NECC, Diversity encompasses all of the various individual identities on campus such as race/ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical ability, age, and class.

The Diversity Committee is committed to building a college community where diversity is valued as part of our common humanity. All members of the College- students, faculty and staff, bring a rich collection of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to the academy.


The Diversity Committee is committed to recognizing, supporting and encouraging creative ways for all members of the college community to participate, celebrate, appreciate and learn about each other both in and outside the classroom.


  • Encourage open communication about issues of diversity
  • Promote inclusiveness in the college community
  • Affirm the dignity of all persons on campus
  • Support college efforts and activities that promote an appreciation of diversity
  • Provide resources and opportunities to participate in diversity-related activities

Leading for Change Consortium

The Leading for Change Consortium is a voluntary collaboration of public and private institutions of higher education in Massachusetts and the greater New England region committed to identifying student and employee best practices supporting diversity and equity through the use of data and reflective practice.

The NECC Campus Team includes:

  • Marcy Yeager
  • Kirsten Kortz
  • Amy Callahan
  • Lorena Constant
  • Audrey Ellis
  • Tom Greene
  • Stephanie Haskell
  • Maria Hernandez
  • Chernice Miller
  • Jonathan Miller
  • Sheila Pierre
  • Janice Rogers
  • Jason Termini
  • Amanda Wright

10th National Race Amity Virtual Conference 2022


The theme of the Conference is “Reset to Our Destiny – E Pluribus Unum”, an uplifting and accessible event for all with virtual, interactive breakout sessions with limited enrollment.

Keynote presenters, special artistic presentations and break outs will offer stimulating and action-oriented sessions around the conference theme, “Reset to Our Destiny – E Pluribus Unum”.

Keynote speakers at the 2022 conference will include, along with others:

The Center for Professional Development will purchase a small number of registrations to this event.

 The mission of the National Center for Race Amity

Race relations in America will not substantially improve unless the public discourse on race moves beyond the blame/grievance framework to one that recognizes and celebrates our ability to overcome racial prejudice through association, amity, and collaboration. While the tradition of racial oppression was unfolding, a parallel tradition, largely hidden and poorly understood, was demonstrating some of the most positive qualities to be found in American history. This, “The Other Tradition”, of close collaboration, amity, and love has served as the moral and spiritual counterweight to the dominant tradition of racism that occupies so much of our national history. The Other Tradition offers a new entry point for the public discourse on race. Race Amity is the mission of our actions and object of our work at the National Center for Race Amity.

About the National Race Amity Conference

The National Race Amity Conference offers participants positive, focused opportunities for intimate discussion circles, interactive panels, and informative sessions on a variety of topics central to the main theme of race amity in the United States.

The National Race Amity Conference is organized around presentations in the arts, business, community service, education, entertainment, government, media communications, law, spirituality, and sports. Unlike large scale national conferences where “small” breakout sessions can number 75 participants or more, Race Amity breakout sessions usually involved 20 to 35 participants. This smaller group approach offers learning opportunities in group settings that are more conducive to greater sharing and understanding.  The conference offers a very good cost value as all meals are included in registration. NCRA strongly encourages you to take advantage of even lower cost through Early Bird registration.

Biography of Dr. William H. Smith

photo of Dr William SmithWilliam H. Smith is the founding executive director of the National Center for Race Amity. A native of South Carolina, Smith’s initial college career began in integrating division one football in the old Confederate South at Wake Forest College. He was profiled in the Sports Illustrated cover story (November 7, 2005) as one of the pioneers who changed the face of college football. He left Wake Forest to work as a community organizer in the Civil Rights Movement and was drafted into the US Army. He graduated with honors from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst after serving as a medic in Vietnam, where he was awarded two Bronze Star stars and the Combat Medic Badge. He also earned his doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Smith has addressed issues of race and diversity in his work with civic, philanthropic and religious organizations including the Phelps Stokes Fund where he served as a trustee and secretary of the Board of Directors, the Regional Baha’i Council for the Northeast States on which he served for ten years, as the Media Advisor to the National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS), and the Board of Directors of the Africa Media Image Project. In 2000 he organized the historic Joint Congressional Resolution establishing a National Day of Honor to recognize the service of African American and other minority soldiers in World War II. In conjunction with that event, he wrote and produced an award-winning documentary film, “The Invisible Soldiers: Unheard Voices,” which aired on PBS.

Under Smith’s direction, the National Center for Race Amity organized the Middle School Race Amity Theater Project which uses theater to teach moral reasoning skills to middle and high school students.

Currently the National Center for Race Amity, through its initiative Towards E Pluribus Unum oversees the annual Metro Boston Race Amity Celebration on the Rose Kennedy Greenway which is in its fourth year, coordinates the lobbying effort to establish National Race Amity Day through a resolution of Congress and hosts the annual National Race Amity Conference and Race Amity Medal of Honor Awards. Dr. Smith is serving as executive producer of the documentary, An American Story: Race Amity and the Other Tradition, currently in production for public television.

Dr. Smith has received awards from numerous organizations including the International Academy of Communications Arts and Sciences, the National Association for Black Veterans, Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, the Screen Actors Guild, and the National Education Association.

If you have any questions, please contact Lorena Constant at lconstant@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3960.