Welcome to NEPDEC!

NEPDEC’s goals are to create a more inclusive, dynamic culture in our region and to prepare for increasingly complex and diverse communities and workplaces. To achieve these goals, we:
  • Provide educational programming
  • Support member's diversity initiatives
  • Organize networking and social events for relaxed interaction and sharing
  • Build alliances among historically isolated groups
  • Use shared resources more efficiently & effectively
  • Through cooperation, we address regional diversity issues with greater impact and economies of scale.

    Facts Figures Black History Month

    Black History Month Timeline 1619 Dutch ship brings 20 Africans to Jamestown, Va., the first enslaved Africans in the U.S. 1793 Eli Whitney’s new cotton gin increases demand for slaves 1793 Congress passes Fugitive Slave Act, making it a federal crime to assist a slave trying to escape 1808 Congress bans importation of slaves 1820 […]

    CFR Crisis Guide: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher. CFR members, including Brian Williams, Fareed Zakaria, Angelina Jolie, Chuck Hagel, and Erin Burnett, explain why the Council on Foreign Relations is an indispensable resource in a complex world. View CFR’s Crisis Guide: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict  

    Diversity Calender 2015

    2015 Diversity Holidays The United States is rich with diversity, which is reflected in the observances celebrated by its various cultures and populations. Knowledge of the following diversity holidays and celebrations can enhance your workplace diversity and inclusion efforts. (Please note: All dates are for 2015.) January JANUARY 2015 January 1 NEW YEAR’S DAY The […]

    Meet Our Director

    Linda Trompetter, Ph.D.

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    Meet Our Board President

    Dr. Janis Wilson Seeley

    Janis Wilson Seeley is Professor and Chair of the Social Sciences/History Department at Luzerne County Community College. Dr. Seeley earned her MS in Family and Community Development from the University of Maryland, a Masters in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on Adolescent Development from Penn State University. In addition to professional articles, she co-authored the book, The Psychologically Battered Child (Jossey- Bass, 1986).Prior to her academic career, Dr. Seeley counseled runaways and substance abusers.

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    Upcoming Event



    January 13th, 2016 2pm-3:15pm

    Yolnda T. Moses, PhD


    “How Real is Race” brings together biological and cultural information to help people make sense of the contradictory messages about race in the U.S. and elsewhere.  In what sense is race real? What is biological fact and fiction? Where does culture enter? And what does it really mean to say that race is a ‘social construction’? If race is an invention, who invented it? Why? For what ends? And can we eliminate it if we wish to? These are the key questions that frame this webinar.