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NCORE is the most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education. The NCORE webinar continues the conference’s tradition of working to improve racial and ethnic relations on college campuses by providing virtual learning opportunities on effective strategies to enhance access, social development, education, communication, and cross-cultural understanding for traditionally underrepresented populations.

COST: The first three introductory sessions are free of charge (August, September, and October 2018). Future webinars will be $50.00 each. Space is limited.

Julie Alexander

Introduction to Social Justice Models of Disability

Presenter: Julie Alexander

October 31, 2018 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM Central Time

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Social justice models of disabilities define a disability as the result of the interaction between a person with an impairment and an environment that creates a barrier for that individual. Social justice models differ from medical models in that it places more emphasis on social factors and environmental design. This session will highlight societal attitudes towards people with disabilities through a discussion on media representation, messaging, microaggressions and explore how higher education institutions can be more inclusive to people with disabilities. 

By participating in this session, participants will:
1.   Distinguish between medical and social justice models of disability.
2.   Recognize and clearly analyze messages of disability in the media.
3.   Identify microaggressions toward people with disabilities.

Potential action items of the presentation are:
1.  Implement elements of inclusive design of academic spaces.
2.  Be intentional about language around disability.

Julie Alexander is an access consultant at Purdue University. She is originally from Port Huron, Michigan. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Central Michigan University in 2003. She earned her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling in 2007. Ms. Alexander worked as an educational counselor at Ferris State University in Big Rapids Michigan for 10 years. Ms. Alexander began working at Purdue University in July 2017. Through her work with students with disabilities, she became very passionate about working toward an educational environment that is welcoming and inclusive to students with diverse backgrounds and identities.

Julie Alexander

Hashtags and Unfollows: Race and racism in the world of social media

Presenters: Alana Anderson, Ph.D., and Kevin Gin, Ph.D.

November 28, 2018 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM Central Time

Registration will open November 1st. | Cost: $50.00

While higher education and social media are intricately connected, there continues to be limited research extensively documenting student experiences within these online settings in ways that face-to-face interactions on the physical campus have been documented. Given student affairs’ emphasis on producing multiculturally competent practitioners (Pope, Reynolds, & Mueller, 2004), advanced conversations and understanding regarding student development, gender performance, and experiences of racism in the context of a ubiquitous social media student culture must be advanced. This session addresses this gap in practitioner competencies and the literature, and specifically focuses on how student affairs may address the intersection of race, racism, and gender with social media on today's college campuses.   

Participants will be provided an inventory of seminal literature and research relevant to today's student trends including an overview of social media use, benefits/consequences of social media, gender performance on social media, and racism on social media. Participants will be encouraged to identify common challenges that arise in addressing these issues and to share best practices that have emerged on their individual campuses.

Alana Anderson, Ph.D., Babson College
Alana Anderson works as the Senior Assistant Director for Multicultural Programs at Babson College where she is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative programs and administrative initiatives that emphasize and foster community awareness and inclusiveness for Babson’s diverse student population.  She has also previously instructed a first generation student experience course Merrimack College in Andover, MA in the Higher Education Program.  Alana received her doctorate from the Lynch School of Education Higher Education at Boston College and holds a Masters of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University and a Bachelors of Arts in Politics from Brandeis University.  Her research examines how black college women perform their race and gender on social media.  

Kevin Gin, Ph.D., Holy Names University
Dr. Kevin Gin serves as the Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness at Holy Names University. He received his Ph.D. from Boston College, his M.S. at Colorado State University, and his B.S. at UC Berkeley. Kevin has worked in alumni affairs, multicultural affairs, residence life, student activities, student leadership, and institutional effectiveness. He has published articles in The Journal of College Student Development, Change: The Magazine of Higher Education, and as a contributing author in the ASHE monograph, Social Media in Higher Education, and the recent book, Technology and Engagement: Making Technology Work for First Generation College Students. His research interests include racialized hostility on social media, and the Asian American college student experience.

Archived Webinars

The Intersection of Strengths and Social Identity: Using the Clifton Strengths to Engage Conversation about Difference

Presenter: Daniel Almeida, Ph.D. | California Polytechnic State University 

This session engages participants in a discussion to unpack concepts of privilege and oppression and explore how our experiences of privilege and oppression have empowered or constrained our development and use of our natural talents using The Clifton Strengths Assessment. 

Kaleidoscope: Improving Campus Culture using a Program with a Diversity Lens

Presenters: Crystal Jushka, M.Ed., Adrienne German, MS | University of Wisconsin 

This session examines the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Kaleidoscope program, developed to create a more welcoming campus, create cultural competence among students, staff, and faculty, and increase matriculation of underrepresented students. 


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