Dear NMC colleagues:

In July of 2020, President Nissley formed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. Charged with benchmarking diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of the college–from students to employees, from the classroom to the cafeteria—our volunteer committee of 21 NMC employees is proud to share its most recent findings.

One of the DEI Committee’s first charges in this new endeavor was to engage in discovery, listening to the College’s primary stakeholders—students and employees—along with community members, to conduct an assessment of the present state. From August 2020 through March 2021, the DEI Committee engaged in discovery, utilizing surveys, focus groups, and purposeful discussions, along with discovery through data collection and analysis.

You can access the full report here.

The DEI Committee is also pleased to present three opportunities to listen, discuss, and engage with the report’s findings. Please be on the lookout for a calendar invite to one of these three Zoom sessions:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 24 at 8 a.m.

On behalf of all of us on the DEI Committee, thank you for taking the time to learn more about who we are as a campus community.


Alison Thornton, NMC Staff
Ben Post, NMC Staff
Betsy Boris, NMC Faculty
Briana Mills, NMC Faculty
Chelsie Niemi, NMC Staff
Craig Hadley, NMC Staff
Denny Nguyen, NMC Staff
Diane Bolton, NMC Adjunct Instructor
Erica Cotner, NMC Staff
Hollie DeWalt, NMC Staff
Judy Chu, NMC Faculty
Kerrey Woughter, NMC Staff
Kristy Jackson, NMC Staff
Lisa Blackford, NMC Faculty
Lisa Thomas, NMC Staff
Marcus Bennett, NMC Staff
Nicco Pandolfi, NMC Staff
Nicole Speelman, NMC Faculty
Sally Smarsty, NMC Staff
Sarah Montgomery-Richards, NMC Adjunct Instructor
Taylor Nash, NMC Staff