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  

    Upcoming Workshop on September 13th!

    “Having Healthy Racial Conversations: Reducing Fear through Racial Literacy” By Howard C. Stevenson, Ph.D. September 13, 2016 Luzerne County Community College 8:30 am-12:30 pm The recent racial conflicts, confrontations, and protests have effected how America considers it’s legacy of violence and equality. Lost in these socially mediated events is what happens emotionally to youth and […]

    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

    "Having Healthy Racial Conversations: Reducing Fear through Racial Literacy"

    By Howard C. Stevenson, Ph.D.

    September 13, 2016

    Luzerne County Community College

    8:30 am-12:30 pm

    The recent racial conflicts, confrontations, and protests have effected how America considers it’s legacy of violence and equality. Lost in these socially mediated events is what happens emotionally to youth and families, to authority figures who also have children and families, and to social activists trying to hold America accountable to it’s highest ideals. This workshop will teach participants how to navigate the stress of having face-to-face racial conversations and experiences in order to move beyond racial fight, flight or fright reactions. Participants will be taught to recognize and resolve their racial stress reactions in order to make better decisions regarding racial interactions with others.