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With more than 350 sessions, NCORE 2020 will engage attendees on nearly every social justice topic affecting higher education and the world today. Get the big picture, envision the future landscape of our cultures, and gain a deeper understanding of the issues.

Session presenters have been requested to identify their sessions as having a primary appeal to participants interested in specific professional roles. This is a tool which you may choose to use, but you are encouraged to create your session list by taking advantage of the intersectional nature of the NCORE program. Explore, stretch, and attend sessions dictated by your interests, too.

Session Tracks of Proposals:

  • Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Leader
  • Faculty Interest and Needs: Research, Evaluation, Pedagogy, and Application
  • Global, Multicultural, and Transnational issues
  • Human Resources: Administration and Staff Recruitment, Retention and Professional Development, and Education
  • Intersectionality, Identities, and Discussions
  • Race and Social Justice in Higher Education
  • Student Affairs and Affiliated Professionals
  • Student Interest and Engagement
  • Ongoing Doctoral Research

NCORE programming is presented in formats designed to provide participants options on how deeply they wish to drill into subjects they select. The terms listed below are used in the sesson schedule:

Keynote Sessions

Designed for a person to deliver a 30-45 minute speech with question and answer time after the talk if time permits. Keynote Sessions address topics and issues which are considered to be of critical importance to the NCORE community.

Major Workshop Sessions

Address key issues and emerging topics, and provide participants with resources and skill building. They can take the form of a lecture, training, or interactive format.

Pre-Conference Institute Sessions

Our most in-depth sessions (8 hours or 10 hours of total presentation time). The session type provides an excellent flexibility for presentation type, but should provide participants with formidable takeaways in information and skill development.

Special Feature Presentation Sessions

Designed to emphasize key issues and emerging topics, and to provide participants with new information and resources. They can take the form of a panel discussion, lecture, conversation, book presentation, or artistic performance format.

Concurrent Workshop Sessions

Submitted to NCORE for selection. These sessions may have formats that are associated with either Major Workshops or Special Features.

Poster Sessions

Designed for presenters to summarize their research and findings while engaging with participants in a broad platform.

All persons submitting proposal(s) for presentation are required to indicate from among 10 possible categories the ONE category that most accurately characterized the predominant thrust of the proposal. These categories are used to assist conference participants in their selection of presentations to attend. The definitions of each category are provided below:

Theoretical Models

Sessions that focus on concepts, principles, ideas, theories, or ways of formulating apparent relationships or underlying principles of certain observed phenomena. Examples might include discussions of the intersection of race and class or the application of personal and political empowerment theories to ethnic consciousness building.

Policy Issues

Sessions that focus on the design, adoption, implementation, and/or content of a set of governing principles, as well as related issues and decision-making processes. Examples might include campus racial harassment policies, affirmative action policies, or faculty retention and promotion policies.

Long and Short-Range Planning

Sessions that treat and emphasize the formulation, content, and implementation of specific, tactical, strategic, or comprehensive plans. Examples might include institution-wide or system-wide diversity plans and/or departmental or program unit plans that include specific objectives, goals, and timelines.

Case Studies/Model Programs

Sessions that describe and analyze the development, substance, and/or response to specific situations, incidents, and programs. Examples might include situations of campus bigotry-motivated violence, freshman orientation programs, faculty mentorship programs, or student recruitment and retention programs.

Social Media Issues

Sessions focusing on the use of social media platforms to have conversations, raise awareness, and organize people and actions on race, ethnicity, sovereignty, transnationalism, power, and intersectional identity. Examples may include using social media to lead effective campaigns to make change, examining social media output around local or national events such as #Ferguson, #NotYourAsianSidekick, #NotAMascot, #BlackLivesMatter, and #SolidarityisforWhiteWomen, and/or the study of social media.

Media Representations

Sessions that focus on the critical analysis and examination of media representations with respect to race, ethnicity, sovereignty, transnationalism, power, and intersectional identity. Examples may include the analysis and examination of the misappropriation of Native American bodies and culture as mascots for athletics or representations of Arabs in media that draw upon negative stereotypes and tropes that foster damaging and dangerous relations among peoples.

Experiential/Interactive Training

Sessions involving significant interaction between the facilitator(s) and session attendees and designed to result in growth and enhanced awareness through introspection, interaction, and experiential learning. Examples might include games, simulations, or other exercises or combination of exercises that are experiential and interactive in nature.

Training of Trainers

Sessions designed to teach attendees how to become effective trainers in specific content areas or how to set up programs for developing effective trainers in these areas—with an emphasis on both the specific content required for effective training, as well as training methods. Examples might include training for academic counselors or peer mentors, or the training of discussion or focus group leaders skilled in facilitating dialogue around diversity issues.

Curricular/Pedagogical Models

Sessions that focus on the development and substance of specific course content in either required or optional courses, as well as in both credit and non-credit formats—or that focus on issues and styles of teaching and learning. Examples might include required multicultural course content, freshman orientation program content, faculty development programs linked to curricular change, techniques for teaching in a multicultural classroom, and sessions focusing on the learning styles of culturally diverse students.


Sessions that report on the findings of specific studies or assessments and/or that treat issues relating to research and evaluation methodology. Examples might include studies of student retention and achievement, campus climate studies, research indicating the effects of multicultural course content on student attitudes, and other assessments that measure effects and/or outcomes of specific programs.