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 San Francisco May 31 to June 4. Each year, NCORE addresses the challenging topics of diversity and opportunity for underserved populations on campuses and in communities across the United States.

As in most years, topics on race, ethnicity and indigenous issues will include gender, sexual orientation, and equity for students, staff and faculty. There will be speakers ranging from STEM scholars, university administrators, professional staff in multicultural affairs, chief diversity officers, ethnic studies professors as well as experts from the U.S. Department of Education, ACLU, political scientists, authors, civil rights attorneys, documentary film producers, artists and more. This year’s conference will feature over 500 presenters and over 200 sessions from which to choose.

Keynote speakers will include Danny Glover, humanitarian, producer, and actor; Matika Wilbur, Native American author and photographer; Reza Aslan, CNN series host, producer, and author; Dolores Huerta, Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, labor leader, and Chicana activist; and Shaun Harper, educator, author, and researcher on race and equity. For detailed biographies of keynote speakers and on what topics they will be speaking, visit

In addition to the keynote speakers, NCORE will feature numerous workshops on teaching practices, curriculum, program development and assessment, film previews and discussions, author meet-and-greets, several special features and many other events. For a complete schedule, visit NCORE also features 26 pre-conference institutes that conference attendees can attend. The full list of pre-conference institutes can be found at 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 San Francisco Union Square Hotel. More information on the hotel can be found at Hotel reservation deadline is May 3, 2016, though the hotel may sell out before that date.

Registration is $695 ($745 with pre-conference institute registration). Students can register for $495, which includes access to one pre-conference institute. To register, visit

Last year, the conference in Washington, DC 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 and learning community for Black/African Americans, American Indians, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Latino/as and European Americans.

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