Some of the topics and concepts that will be discussed throughout this guide are:
What does the suffix -misia mean, and why use it?
The suffix -misia comes from the Greek word misos, which means "abhorrence of, hatred, disgust for, or the revulsion of." Using the suffix -phobia, from the Greek word meaning "fear of," implies that the oppression of minoritized communities is the result of fear and not hatred. The literature and resources being shared in this guide address prejudice and discriminatory practices that emanate from hatred and revulsion of specific groups. Therefore, we believe that -misia is a better-suited suffix.
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In 2020, Northern Essex Community College announced the establishment of its Center for Equity and Social Justice. The Center will focus on our most important equity goals, and organize, lead, or support the various initiatives across the college designed to accomplish them.
NECC became first Hispanic Serving Institution in New England in 2001, and current enrollment data shows half of the NECC student population identifies as persons of color (POC) (Glenn, 2020). In its efforts to ensure educational opportunities to low-income, and underserved students, NECC champions initiatives that aim to close gender, ethnic, and socio-economic gaps (Glenn, 2019).
Sections in this repository highlight NECC library resources regarding social justice, anti-racism, equity, diversity, anti-oppression, and accessibility. It also serves to guide the NECC community to other useful resources and serves as a central, public location for NECC documents related to our ongoing diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-oppression, and social justice initiatives.
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Northern Essex Community College resides on the ancestral lands of the Pennacook communities, the original land of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribes. We acknowledge that the Pennacoock were removed from their land through hegemonic and colonial processes that caused pain and displacement. It is by acknowledging the connection of this land and its first inhabitants, we seek to show "respect and a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture and toward inviting and honoring the truth" (U.S. Department of Arts & Culture, n.d.). We also acknowledge the history of Caribbean, Latinx, Black American, Asian settlers, and guests, whose history has also been marked by colonialism, violence, and loss. We work to acknowledge and put forth the history of those who have been silenced and whose history has been subject to erasure as the result of systemic oppression.
What are Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) principles and statements upheld by NECC and its libraries. These principles are backed by actions that ensure that students, faculty, staff, and the community are represented and welcome in an inclusive space. Each of the services provided by the NECC libraries is equitable to our community. Within DEI principles, there is also a commitment to serve justly diverse community members.
The American Library Association (2017) defines DEI as:
Each of these terms and principles takes into account accessibility. The definition for accessibility contemplates “when a person with a disability is allowed to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a person without a disability in an equally integrated and equally effective manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use” (OCR, 2013). Accessibility also takes into consideration access for people that are socio-economically disadvantaged, as well as historically underrepresented and marginalized groups.
Why talk about anti-oppression when discussing DEI?
Anti-oppression is the principle that seeks to liberate groups from prejudice, inequality, and dominance. Anti-oppression praxis seeks to challenge systems that perpetuate systemic prejudice. Anti-oppression praxis is not the same as DEI. However, DEI principles go hand-in-hand with anti-oppression strategies, actions, and practices. Some of the actions and practices that are done through anti-oppression strategies are the acknowledgment of power structures and privilege that highlights dominant narratives, critical evaluation of language, and the recognition of intersectional factors that shape people's lives.
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APA: Northern Essex Community College Library. (Date updated). Title of page. Title of LibGuide. URL
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