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Sessions and Descriptions - Wednesday, June 24th

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 & Conversation with a Community Leader

Live: Wednesday, June 24th  |  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

What's Woke Got To Do With It?: Dismantling Social Justice Ego

Track: Intersectionality, Identities and Discussions
Livestream: Wednesday, June 24th  |  10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Central Time

In this three-hour workshop, several social justice educators will share thoughts and reflections on the ways that "wokeness", or a conclusion of a social justice journey is a fallacy. Participants will engage in a variety of activities, including small and large group discussions, personal narrative writing and listening to address, name, and unpack social justice ego. Participants will take away an understanding of social justice as a complex, lifelong practice. This workshop will benefit individuals often viewed as experts of social justice issues on their campuses, and well as those invested in thinking differently about social justice endeavors
Vanessa Gonzalez-Siegel, MA, Associate Director, Multicultural Affairs & LGBTQ Outreach, Columbia University―New York, NY

Mycall Akeem Riley, MS, LGBTQA Resource Center Coordinator, Office of Multicultural Student Success, DePaul University―Chicago, IL

Beware the Colonization of Equity 2.0

Track: Race and Social Justice in Higher Education
Livestream: Wednesday, June 24th  |  10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Central Time

Several years ago we were struck by how equity practitioners spend a good portion of their work fighting to maintain equity programs on campuses across the nation.  We noticed that there were several consistent patterns: 1) the administration and their commitment or lack thereof to a program 2) the endemic “-isms” that are consistent across educational institutions and 3) the internalized oppression manifested within equity practitioners.  Though Gladwell’s (2002) “Every institution is exquisitely designed to replicate itself” was validating, it did not go far enough in helping to create more equitable systems in higher education.  Newcomb (2018) brought more clarity sharing the need for practical steps:  “To decolonize our minds,...where is the clear image of a decolonized society we are to emulate? There isn’t one. Yet if we are to free ourselves, we need practical steps.” which returns us to bell hooks (2003)  who encourages us to interrogate ourselves to be aware of how we might “…collude[s] with the existing system in small ways every day, even those among us who see ourselves as anti-racist radicals,”  and Laenui (2006) gave us a practice based framework.

This webinar should particularly benefit those who would like to interrogate both the prospect of the colonization of equity, AND how institutions are designed to thwart equity efforts.

Jacquelyn Reza, EdD, MFT, Professor/Director Professional Development-Emeritus, Office of Professional Development, De Anza College―Cupertino, CA

Catherine Wong, MEd, Director, Urban Outreach Initiatives, Strategic Initiatives & External Partners, Lynch School of Education & Human Development, Boston College―Chestnut Hill, MA

Using Intersectionality in Teaching and Training: Strategies for Pedagogy, Facilitation, and Self Awareness

Track: Intersectionality, Identities and Discussions
Livestream: Wednesday, June 24th  |  10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Central Time

This interactive webinar uses presentation, case studies, reflection, and discussion to explore how core tenets of intersectionality can inform the content and design of courses and seminars, facilitation and interventions in educational settings, and instructor preparation. We will begin with a brief overview of core tenets of intersectionality and what they offer for  courses and seminars on identity, systems of inequality, and social justice. After pausing for questions and brief discussion, we will apply the core tenets to two case study examples. In the final segment we will present and discuss strategies for integrating intersectionality into course/seminar design, pedagogy, and class facilitation. Addressing conflict and resistance when intersectionality is applied to identity, social systems, and social justice will also be addressed. As time and format allow, the facilitators will balance presentation with interaction with webinar participants. Discussion will be based partly on issues raised by participants, but may also cover topics such as assessing and reflecting on our own preparation and comfort utilizing core tenets of intersectionality in our teaching and educational practices. Facilitators of the session have explored the application of intersectionality to identity models, teaching, and educational settings for over a decade. This session is relevant for NCORE attendees working in a range of teaching and training contexts-such as classrooms, workshops, webinars, and professional development programs.

Amy Reynolds, PhD, Associate Professor, Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology, University at Buffalo―Buffalo, NY

Charmaine L. Wijeyesinghe, EdD, Author and Consultant, Intersectionality, Social Identity, and Social Justice Education―Delmar, NY

Plenary Session, Including Keynote Address by Andrew Jolivétte

Indigenous Thrivance Circuitry in the Face of Global Precarity

Livestream: Wednesday, June 24th  |  12:15 – 2:15 p.m. Central Time

This talk attends to the ways that Indigenous Peoples and Nations are creating new forms of kinship relations or circuits of culture that support thrivance, wellness, and everyday joy by centering Indigenous knowledge to address some of society’s most pressing social, racial, and environmental challenges. The presentation will include topics ranging from COVID-19 American Indian Community Responses and resources to Indigenous wellness in the face of inter-generational trauma, attacks on tribal sovereignty, anti-Blackness and anti-Indian policing and policies, and violence against MMIWG (Missed Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls) as well as queer indigenous and two-spirit futures reimagined through the concept of Thrivance as opposed to resilience. The presentation will also take on environmental racism, racism in sports and a movement away from “settler” colonialism as a defining feature of Native American and Indigenous Studies. 

Reclaiming Ancestral Connections: Indigeneity and the Politics of Identity

Track: Intersectionality, Identities and Discussions
Livestream: Wednesday, June 24th  |  3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Central Time

This session will provide a critical analysis and discussion of Indigenous identity that challenges settler colonial constructions of Indigeneity. Panelists will offer their perspectives as Indigenous scholars, practitioners and activists engaged in decolonial efforts that ask us to reconsider the role geopolitical borders play in shaping our identities. Each presenter will discuss their experiences navigating higher educational institutions as Indigenous people. The impacts of blood, borders, and nationhood will also be discussed. How do we balance the many nuances of Indigenous identity that is in coalition with Indigenous Latinx/Chicanx communities while also protecting tribal sovereignty in the context of the U.S? How do we engage in identity development with Indigenous students and communities? Join us for a dynamic discussion to learn more.
This session should particularly benefit student affairs professionals, teaching faculty, and students that are interested in deconstructing and reimagining the role of the political and cultural around Indigenous identity.
Jason Rodriquez, MA, MS, Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusion, Student Life, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)―Newark, NJ
Luhui Whitebear, Assistant Director, Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, Diversity and Cultural Engagement, Oregon State University―Corvallis, OR
Olmeca, MA, Hip Hop Artist / Scholar / Activist―Las Vegas, NV

Internalizing Whiteness in Non-Black People of Color (NBPOC) Communities


Track: Intersectionality, Identities and Discussions
Livestream: Wednesday, June 24th  |  3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Central Time
As non-black folks of color in the US, our communities have been forced into adopting  whiteness in order to pursue and maintain a white supremacist capitalist system. This impact has translated into assimilation, self hate, loss of culture and community, and the perpetuation of anti-blackness -despite our communities continually being stripped of our humanity through whiteness, and only benefiting from the Black liberation movement. A movement that has called all of us back to our humanity, and is doing so again today. 
This workshop opens the urgent conversation of the work that needs to be done within. It will be a space for individuals to unpack and examine our shared history. We will explore: (1)  When did we as NBPOC adopt whiteness? (2) How has internalizing whiteness shown up in our families and communities? And how is it showing up now? (3) How are we being complicit in upholding white supremacy? We will conclude by examining the ways we, as NBPOC, can level up our practice and be in solidarity with the Black community.
This session will particularly benefit NBPOC students, staff, and leadership who work in social justice centered spaces and in any affinity groups.  In order to hold each other accountable and begin the healing work within our communities, we must do the work within ourselves. 


Natalie Bui, Co-founder, SHIFT―San Diego, CA

Kausar Mohammed, Co-founder, SHIFT―Los Angeles, CA

Veline Mojarro, Co-founder, SHIFT―Los Angeles, CA

Interest Convergence in a Time of Pandemic and Police Brutality: How COVID and Growing Authoritarianism Provide an Opening for Solidarity

Track: Race and Social Justice in Higher Education
Livestream: Wednesday, June 24th  |  3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Central Time
In this session, Tim Wise explores the dangers and opportunities of the current pandemic moment, combined with the burgeoning movement for racial justice in the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. As the nation’s lackluster response to COVID signaled an indifference to those affected — disproportionately black and brown folks — so too has the brutal reaction to the brewing rebellion made it clear: we are living in a nation whose leaders have announced for all to hear that so far as they are concerned, black lives do not matter. 
And yet, precisely because of the pandemic, millions of Americans (including millions of whites), have been able to stop and actually see what people of color have long known. The relative quiet provided by quarantine has opened up people to the world around them—a world they cannot easily ignore as they often do when going about the normal routine of their pre-pandemic lives. How might educators take advantage of this opening? How might we make use of the pandemic moment, and the vulnerabilities it has laid bare, to build empathy across lines of race? After all, because of COVID, for the first time millions of whites are having to ask questions like: Is it safe to go to the store? To go for a walk or jog around the neighborhood? But these are questions black and brown folks have had to ask always, with or without a global health emergency. And as we can see from the actions of police, it’s a question they have to ask still, because racism too is a type of virus, for which we have no vaccine or herd immunity.
Building on the concepts of “interest convergence” long articulated by the late great legal scholar, Derrick Bell, Wise will examine the various points of potential common ground between whites and folks of color made visible in this moment, and how they can be utilized to grow the movement for justice.

Tim Wise, Antiracist Author and Educator―Nashville, TN

Open Forums / Facilitated Discussions

Live: Wednesday, June 24th  |  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! 

NCORE Virtual Dance Party

Live: Wednesday, June 24th  |   7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Central Time

We are happy to host a virtual social gathering for some dancing, laughing, and fun. Here are a few tips on how to transform any space, big or small, into the dance club of your dreams.

Make your own party box. Sunglasses, fans, wigs, feather boas, tiaras, glow sticks, beach balls, old costumes. Live your dream and tap into inner child. Use your imagination. 

Try Apply airplay or a USB connection to your TV. It makes everyone bigger and creates a more party atmosphere. Look at apps such as AirMore, ChromeCast, or Smart Things to explore ways to connect your device to your TV. 

Set the tone. Dim your lights, find that strobe light in the closet, light some candles. It can be difficult to get lost in the rhythm while under workplace or florescent lighting. 
It’s an all ages party, so kids are invited as well. Invite some friends over and cultivate some joy through dance. 

This event includes music and flashing lights, images, or video. Participants with sensory issues should plan attendance accordingly.


dance party tips