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Sessions and Descriptions - Tuesday, June 23rd

Connection 2020: An NCORE Experience will feature interactive sessions that directly address critical topics affecting our campuses and communities. The engaging, challenging sessions that you expect from NCORE are highlighted below. 

Coffee with a Thought Leader

Live: Tuesday, June 23rd  |  8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Central Time

Start your morning by having a conversation with an NCORE community leader and fellow participants. Let’s connect, build and foster community around our stories, our passion and finding out about the work we are doing to make needed change in our institutions and how we are facing up to the challenges of our time. Please join us as community leaders share a little about themselves and lead us in connecting with each other.  


Coffee Chat Guide

Community Care as an Act of Resistance for People of Color*

Track: Student Interest and Engagement
Livestream: Tuesday, June 23rd  |  10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Central Time

While Audre Lorde taught us that caring for ourselves is political warfare, the current conversation about self-care can be laced with notes of capitalism, colonialism, and individualism.

In this session, participants will reframe self-care within a community context and learn how to resist oppressive structures through collective principles. They will be able to view their cultural values as a source of strength in academia, learn about the different types of care, and learn to collectively organize with their peers for a better academic environment. This session will also communicate vital information about the current state of toxic burnout culture in academia - which has a particularly negative impact on people of marginalized identities - as well as how to combat it. This session should particularly benefit participants of all career stages interested in remaining in academic spaces without sacrificing their identities.

* At the request of the presenter(s), this session will not be recorded.

Camille Avestruz, PhD, LSA Collegiate Fellow, Department of Physics, University of Michigan―Ann Arbor, MI

Erin Flowers, MSci, PhD Candidate, Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University―Princeton, NJ

Nicole Cabrera Salazar, PhD, CEO, , Movement Consulting―Atlanta , GA

Carlos Vargas, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory, University of Arizona―Tucson, AZ

Whiteness Competency*

Track: Race and Social Justice in Higher Education
Livestream: Tuesday, June 23rd  |  10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Central Time


This session should benefit those seeking: 1. a conceptual framework for understanding institutional and structural racial bias; and 2. practical tools for identifying and rejecting whiteness. The session has three sections, as follows: 

Section 1: Historic Foundations/INVENTION
The session begins with a historical foundation of where, when, how, and why the human category called "white people" was first asserted in enactments and explores the assertion of "white people" as a matter of foundational U.S. law and society. The historical foundation will wrap up with the classic definition of Whiteness from R. Frankenberg and an overview of the dynamic of whiteness through every single decade of U.S. history. 
Section 2: Current Manifestations/INFESTATION
Next, we will explore current manifestations of racial bias. Through interactive mirroring exercises, participants will come face to face with social norms that shape our sub-conscience and impact how we interpret and respond to a variety of people. These will be linked with the history examined and considered for their impact in the present and for the future.
Section 3: Whiteness Rejection/ANTIRACISM
Finally, insights from the first two sections of the session shall inform action toward change - Whiteness Competency defined as, the ability to see the structural advantage imposed on White people, the range of vantage points White people hold and choices that result, and the often, unmarked cultural practices that are derived from values and behaviors advanced by the overlap of White structural advantage and White viewpoints. In this section, social science research and conceptions of racial constructs offer pathways toward transformation.
 * At the request of the presenter(s), this session will not be recorded.

Jacqueline Battalora, PhD, JD, Professor, Sociology, Saint Xavier University―Chicago, Illinois

Just Listening: How Can We Hear Change Coming?*

Track: Race and Social Justice in Higher Education
Livestream: Tuesday, June 23rd  |  10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Central Time

In The Color of Fear, Victor tells David, "You know, I'm not going to trust you until you're as willing to be changed, and affected, by my experience and transformed by my experience as I am every day by yours." How can we listen to one another so that People of Color feel as heard as Victor is seeking to be? How can white people hear as David needs to hear? How do notions such as being nice or a "good listener perpetuate whiteness and systemic racism? How are People of Color and White people evaluated differently based on the intention and impact of our spoken word and how we listen? What does it mean to liberate our listening so that we can hear one another deeply and responsively in order to honor the justice that each of us needs and to actively move toward broader racial justice? This experiential and interactive workshop is designed for people who recognize that the constant creation of new social justice buzzwords, memes, and speaker series can be hype without heart or healing. Come think transformatively about listening with us and commit to changing how you know yourself and connect with others.

* At the request of the presenter(s), this session will not be recorded.


Jondou Chen, PhD, Senior Lecturer, College of Education, University of Washington- Seattle, WA

Emmy Howe, MEd, Co-Director, Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College- Wellesley, MA

Gail Cruise-Roberson, Co-Director, Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College- Wellesley, MA

Keynote Address by Dolores Huerta

Each of Us Have a Voice, How Can We Use It For Social Change

Livestream: Tuesday, June 23rd  |  12:15 – 2:15 p.m. Central Time

As a lifelong activist, Founder and President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers, Dolores Huerta has learned how to use her voice to fight for social justice. She discusses the power that all of us have to demand justice and spark movements for change. How can people work together to raise their voices and demand the rights they have been denied? How do social movements create lasting change? This historic leader of civil rights movements, Dolores Huerta supports activists who are on the streets to protest against systemic police brutality and white supremacy. Pointing to her personal experience with police abuse, she calls for policies that overhaul the police system and calls on society to commit to eliminating racism starting from within our schools.

From Sick & Tired to Triumphant and Free - Women of Color Reclaiming Our Time and Making Promises to/for Thrive(ing)*

Track: Intersectionality, Identities and Discussions
Livestream: Tuesday, June 23rd  |  3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Central Time

In this Major Workshop, women of Color come together to challenge themselves to move from the state of feeling “sick and tired” to developing a plan for professional and personal sanity, emotional and physical health in order to return to their various campuses ready to do battle and protect themselves from burnout simultaneously.  In community, we create ways to release our battle fatigue and restore our joy.

Women of Color do the “heavy lifting” on campuses all over the nation.  They are counselors, advocates, supporters, mediators, mentors, speakers of truth to those who oppose them.  Their motives are questioned, accomplishments are challenged, bodies are surveilled, and merit doubted.  In short, racial battle fatigue and the toll it takes on the health of women of Color are real.

This session should particularly benefit women of Color who find themselves meeting resistance every day as they attempt to do the work their institutions claim to support, having the “same but necessary conversations about equity and inclusion” week after week, year after year, and want to avoid burnout.

* At the request of the presenter(s), this session will not be recorded.


Kristi Ryujin, Med, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder―Boulder, CO

Karen L. Dace, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis―Indianapolis, IN

Marquita T. Chamblee, Ph.D., Associate Provost, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Wayne State University―Detroit, MI

Pamela Huang Chao, MA, Chair, Sociology, American River College―Sacramento, CA

Badass Asian American Feminists in Motion


Livestream: Tuesday, June 23rd  |  3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Central Time

This livestream is led by two proud Asian American Badass feminists, Helen Zia and Mary Yu Danico, who have invited a discussion with other women who have committed to a life of action, activism and collaboration making. Asian American women have been depicted through bipolar lens. They are either the model minority or the yellow peril vixens. Rarely, do we unpack the ways in which Asian American feminist have shown their badass selves through being unapologetically a force fighting for Asian American rights, visibility, and coalition building with other communities. From women’s rights, affirmative action, and community based activism the panelists discuss issues often ignored by many on how women play a central role in social movements. The live stream will ask for participants to fill out a short poll immediately before the session and also will engage participants to discuss ways in which we can all support Asian American communities while also supporting our brothers and sister from communities of color.


Mary Yu Danico, PhD, Director, Asian American Transnational Research Initiative, Cal Poly Pomona―Pomona, CA

Deepa Iyer, Writer, Lawyer, Activist, Trainer―New York, NY

Annie Tan, Special Education Teacher, NYC Department of Education―New York, NY

Disability Justice and Race in Higher Education

Track: Intersectionality, Identities and Discussions
Livestream: Tuesday, June 23rd  |   3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Central Time

This 90-minute session will focus on the first special issue of the Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity (JCSCORE), the interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published by NCORE. The theme of the issue is “Disability Justice, Race and Education.” Within the U.S. context, people with disabilities are one of the largest minoritized groups, making up approximately one-fifth of the population. Approximately 11% of our college student population are students with disabilities. This percentage is always in flux, as the number of diverse students with disabilities continues to grow on campuses across the country, with veterans accounting for 21%, students over the age of thirty 16%, and students on the autism spectrum and those with acquired brain injury rapidly increasing in number.

Given the current sociopolitical climate, it is imperative for higher education institutions to pay attention and learn from the CRiT walking of disabled BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) scholar-activists who understand the centrality of intersectionality and disability justice to their communities’ struggles and success. This interactive session shares the work of Scholar-Activists of Color who contributed to the JCSCORE special issue and who are critically engaging with grassroots thinkers to create and foster liberatory educational spaces. We will discuss the value of knowledge production by Activists of Color to higher education in the context of disability justice and the need for greater research to inform better intersection of race and disability practices in higher education.

Lisette E. Torres-Gerald, PhD, Director of the Cooper Foundation Center for Academic Resources, Academic Affairs, Nebraska Wesleyan University―Lincoln, NE
Lissa Ramirez-Stapleton, PhD, Assistant Professor of Deaf Studies, core faculty of Educational Leadership and Policy, California State University Northridge―Fontana, CA

Open Forums / Facilitated Discussions 

Live: Tuesday, June 23rd  |   5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Central Time

Please join your fellow event participants in a lively discussion at our open forums! Let’s share our perspectives and generate knowledge to grow our capacity as change makers. The topic of this session will be listed in the session titles on the virtual conference platform. We hope to see you there!


Opening Social Mixer 

Live: Tuesday, June 23rd  |   7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Central Time

The Opening Social Mixer is all about networking!  Meet fellow attendees and truly CONNECT!

You will enter a Zoom meeting where you will be given a few basic instructions and then placed into a breakout room to meet new people or catch up with people you have met before. Our plan is to keep each breakout room to six or fewer people so you can have a chance to get to know one another. You’ll have the option to leave that room and join another one as frequently as you’d like. 

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