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National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE)



In 1988, the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies launched the first National Conference for Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCOREĀ®) to address the resurgence of racist incidents in higher education. Since its inception, the conference has evolved into a vital national resource for higher education institutions, providing an annual multicultural forum that attracts Black/African Americans, American Indians, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Latino/as, and European Americans representing campuses across the United States.


The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) is a dynamic annual conference over five days that builds a place of inclusion and a place for building skills, alliances, and knowledge about issues of race and ethnicity in higher education.

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a group of diverse college students attending the NCORE 2013 conference

At NCORE, individuals and campus teams work collaboratively under the guidance, tutelage, and expertise of recognized and effective scholars, practitioners, and change makers. It is a place where individuals and institutions share their on-the-ground knowledge about:

  • program development
  • student development
  • academic assessment tools
  • effective theoretical frameworks
  • latest practice-based research findings and
  • radical and innovative experiential curriculum

to transform higher education in its mission for diversity and inclusion for students, staff, faculty, and leadership.

At NCORE a person of color can be in a workshop room, luncheon, keynote event, or discussion group with hundreds of other faculty, staff and administrators of color whose sole purpose is to learn about the most current teaching methods, assessment measures, research methods, demographic research, professional development practices, and other higher education support for underrepresented students, faculty, and staff. There is also a critical mass of White faculty, staff, and students interested in these same purposes. NCORE has a well-established culture of intergroup relationships and collaboration for more than 25 years.
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