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Discovering Common Ground Across Differences: An Innovative Course on Facilitating Difficult Conversations

Presenters: Sarah Beth Dempsey, Ed.D., Legacy Lee, Angela Rascon, Rachel Fuller, and Sihin Tsegay from Saint Mary's College of California

This session describes, outlines, and models an innovative course designed to train undergraduate students to lead peer dialogues on "isms," and it may serve as an example for faculty, staff, and students to create similar student development programs for campus anti-bias work. Staff presenters will review the course syllabus and activities, discuss course development and institutional support, and share resources for building cross-departmental collaborations for students to use their facilitation skills in a variety of campus settings (e.g., residence halls, advising programs, other courses, etc.). Student presenters will demonstrate their learning and experiences moving from their roles as participants to facilitators, as well as their success and challenges in co-facilitating on campus. 

Race in Medical Education

Presenter: Brendan Crow, Georgetown University School of Medicine

This session examines a student-led study on the use of race and ethnicity in preclinical education at Georgetown University School of Medicine (GUSOM). Information on the background, ethical dilemmas, and recent discussions on how race is currently used in medical education along with insights and lessons learned from our study is given. This session discusses the study's findings, how the findings are situated within the broader movement among US medical schools to reexamine the use of race in medicine, and ongoing efforts at GUSOM specifically to implement change within this context. This session should particularly benefit health professionals, medical students, students interested in medicine and/or medical education, those interested in reimagining a more progressive conversation around racialized health outcomes, and those who are interested in racial justice in medicine.

Woke Olympics and Social Justice Arrogance

Presenter: Rev. Jamie Washington, Ph.D. | President, Washington Consulting Group (WCG) | President & Co-Founder, Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI)

“You are speaking out of your White Privilege.” “If you were non-binary, you would understand why pronouns matter.” “This entire training is based on heteronormative assumptions.” Have you been in the room when comments like these have been made? This session is designed to create a space for real conversation about how the “Woke Olympics” are contributing to the challenge of creating learning campus environments and impacting the ability to move to more diverse, equitable and inclusive campuses. The session provides key concepts and foundational frameworks for navigating these important and prevalent dynamics impacting DEI efforts in 2019.

Navigating academia in PWCs and Universities: A guide to equip first-generation students of color to thrive in higher education 

Presenter: Krystal Cruz, Doctoral Candidate | Teachers College, Columbia University

Drawing upon experiential and academic knowledge, this session serves to provide strategies for first-generation students of color (SOC) to navigate predominantly white academic institutions. Experiential knowledge centers on the intersectionality of race, class, gender, and ability, aiming to share lived experiences to illuminate differing trajectories of success. Strategies include mentorship, mental health seeking behavior, identity-based student group campus spaces, safe and inclusive spaces, and bias incident reporting systems.

The Struggle is Too Real: Cultivating a Spirit of Resilience for the Long Haul of Diversity Leadership

Presenter: Rahuldeep Gill, Ph.D. | California Lutheran University

We are exhausted. The storms seem relentless. The work never ends. How do we continue to bring our best selves to the work we do for more just and equitable communities? 

The purpose of this session is to reframe the work of higher education professionals engaged in social justice and reimagine the role of mentor. This workshop will help administrators learn how to take care of their change agents and support their work; change agents will learn how to demand more from administrators.

NCORE 101: What to expect and how to show up!

Moderator: Ajia I. Meux, MSW, MA

Presenters: Emma Coddington, Ph.D., Nathan Nguyễn, M.Ed., Sedelta Oosahwee, M.Ed., and Mycall Riley

This special conference preview webinar offers reflections from individuals at different stages of their NCORE participation – from first timers to seasoned participants. The purpose of this session is to provide resources, tips and inspiration to NCORE 2019 participants through a Q&A discussion. 

Maximizing Your Students' Experience at NCORE

Presenters: Iris Outlaw, MSA University of Notre Dame; Quantá D. Taylor, MA, The Ohio State University;  and Vernon A. Wall, MS, LeaderShape, Inc.

This session brings together individuals from varying institutions, who have worked with student delegations at NCORE. These presenters come together to engage in dialogue and provide strategies for capitalizing and maximizing on the experience had by students while attending NCORE. The presenters provide strategies on how to debrief with, action plan with, and utilize your student delegation to be change agents on your campus. This session will assist those considering to establish student delegations for NCORE.

Introduction to Social Justice Models of Disability

Presenter: Julie Alexander | Purdue University

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 highlights 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.

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

Presenter: Daniel Almeida, PhD | 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 

Date: August 29, 2018

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. 

We're not White: Racial Identity Construction of Arab American College Students

Presenter: Nina Shoman-Dajani, EdD

Cost: $25.00  |  Click here to purchase this webinar on-demand.

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While most U.S. higher education institutions have adopted the federally designated race and ethnicity categories on their applications many sub-populations remain unrecognized and underserved. Arab American college students are one such example as they remain "invisible" in the "White" category. This session provides a space in which participants can explore the issues that Arab American college students experience when exploring their identity through the lens of a study conducted on Arab Americans college students in the Chicago Metropolitan area. In addition, this session investigates the issues surrounding the U.S. Census categorization of Arab Americans as "White". The presenter shares data collected from a study she conducted which focused on the central question: how do Arab American college students construct and understand their racial identity? Participants will walk away with a better understanding of the Arab American population and particularly college students of Arab descent whose stories shared during the presentation. This session should particularly benefit higher education practitioners and educators who are interested in race demographics, retention, support services and student sub-populations. No prior background knowledge is needed.

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

Presenters: Alana Anderson, PhD and Kevin Gin, PhD

Cost: $25.00  |  Click here to purchase this webinar on-demand.

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Limited research has been advanced that considers how social media intersects with race, racism, and gender among college students. Additionally, scholars have noted these are areas necessitating the attention of student affairs. This session presents literature, emerging research, and best practices to advance action oriented practices regarding how to best support students in the context of today's racialized and gendered social media campus cultures.

Race, Immigration, and Fake News

Presenter: Kristina Marshall, J.D.  |  Baker College

Cost: $25.00  |  Click here to purchase this webinar on-demand. 

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The topic of immigration in the United States today is both provocative and controversial. It is often framed in an “us vs. them” way of thinking, which exacerbates tensions and distorts the realities of past history and current trends of the movement of people into the United States. A closer examination can enable us to see the ways in which race, ethnicity and color drive policy and practice without being identified or discussed. Inherent institutional and governmental racism can therefore continue to operate undercover without being exposed and eliminated. The proliferation of “alternative facts” racializes immigrants and creates a false narrative of their economic, social, educational, religious, technological and cultural contributions. This workshop explores these issues and their implications for higher education policy and practice.

Keeping the Dream Alive: A College-wide Approach to Embracing DREAMers

Presenters: Eric Lara, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Student Success and Equity | Laura Muniz, Counselor, DREAM Program | Darío Fernandez, Director, DREAM Program

Cost: $25.00  |   Click here to purchase this webinar on-demand.

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Undocumented students bear an unusually heavy burden to attend and maintain their enrollment in college. With the rescission of DACA, Dream students need institutional safety nets to assist with, and assure, their continued enrollment and overall support. An overview of undocumented students' issues, the DACA dilemma, and specific actions that colleges can take to institute policies and practices that support DREAM students will be presented. Specific services, strategies, student stories, and approaches in working with Dream students and how the Dream Center was established on campus will also be shared. This session should particularly benefit those institutions, faculty, staff, and administrators who are searching for alternative ways to support and guide their DACAmented students, as well as staff who provide, or would like to provide, direct services to undocumented students but may not know the appropriate approach.