National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education Coming in May


The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), sponsored by OU Outreach, is coming to New Orleans May 28 to June 1. Each year, NCORE addresses the challenging topics of diversity and opportunity for underserved populations on campuses and in communities across the United States.

This year, topics will include gender and sexual orientation, race and civil rights. There will be speakers from the U.S. Education Department and ACLU, as well as professors, political scientists, authors, university administrators, a judge, and more. This year’s conference will feature over 500 presenters and over 200 sessions to choose from.

Keynote speakers will include Melissa Harris-Perry, professor of political science at Tulane University; OiYan Poon, assistant professor of education at Loyola University; Sylvia Hurtado, director of the Higher Education Research Institute; Scott Cowen, president of Tulane University; Joy Harjo, poet, musician and author of the Muscogee/Creek Nation; Jean Quan, mayor of Oakland, Calif.; and Robert Jensen, professor of communication at the University of Texas at Austin.

In addition to the keynote speakers, NCORE will feature numerous workshops, film previews and discussion, author meet-and-greets, several special features and many other events.

NCORE also features 26 pre-conference institutes that conference attendees can attend. Those who register for an institute have access to one pre-conference institute of their choice (on a first come, first served basis).

Sharon Washington, executive director of the National Writing Project and attendee of NCORE since 1995, said “[At NCORE it] felt like all of a sudden I could exhale. It was really such a great experience…. I began to really network with other people, and now it begins to feel a little bit like a family reunion. It’s like coming home professionally every year when I come to NCORE because now I see people that I’ve made friends with from across the country.”

This year, the conference is being held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, located near Canal Street on the Mississippi River. Hotel reservation deadline is May 3, 2013, though the hotel may sell out before that date.

Registration is $725 ($750 with pre-conference institute registration). Students can register for $425, which includes access to one pre-conference institute.

Last year, the conference attracted 2,130 attendees from 889 universities. Of those attendees, 499 were students.

NCORE’s mission is to “assist colleges and universities to create inclusive environments; to improve racial and ethnic relations; and to expand educational opportunities for culturally diverse and underrepresented populations.”

NCORE was founded in 1988 by the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies to address issues of racism in higher education. NCORE attracts attendees from nearly every state and several countries. Every year, NCORE provides a multicultural forum for Black/African Americans, American Indians, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Latino/as and European Americans.

For more information about the conference, visit NCORE’s website. To receive regular updates about the conference, follow NCORE on Facebook.

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