The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) 28th annual conference to be held in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 — The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), the most comprehensive national forum on race relations, equity and access on college campuses, is scheduled May 26 – 30 in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Hilton.

This year’s keynote speakers will provide critiques, analyses and frameworks that expand understanding of equity, identity and access to higher education as shaped by media, migration, policy and popular culture. Featured presenters include:

Jose Antonio Vargas: Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, activist and founder of Define American, a multimedia campaign to shift the conversation on immigration and cultural identity.
Rosa Clemente: 2008 Green Party vice presidential candidate and leading researcher and activist on Afro-Latino identity and politics, sexism within hip-hop culture, media justice and more.
Dr. Adrienne Keene: Postdoctoral fellow in Native American studies at Brown University, blogger and expert on native peoples’ access to higher education.
Phil Yu: Writer, cultural critic and founder of “Angry Asian Man,” a blog dedicated to analyzing racism and ethnic/racial segmentation in media use by Asian Pacific Americans.

“In our 28th year, we’re thrilled to be in our nation’s capital,” said James Pappas, vice president for Outreach at the University of Oklahoma. “So much of the conversation surrounding race and ethnicity issues, from the civil rights marches of yesterday to addressing underrepresented populations today, is centered in this place – what could be more fitting?”

NCORE is a dynamic annual conference that creates a community for individuals and campus teams to work collaboratively under the guidance, tutelage and expertise of recognized and effective scholars, practitioners and change makers. It is a place where individuals and institutions share their on-the-ground knowledge, analyses, innovative program development, assessment tools, effective theoretical frameworks, latest practice-based research findings and radical and innovative experiential curricula to transform higher education in its mission for diversity and inclusion for students, staff, faculty and administration.

“This year’s keynote speakers are sure to provide fresh, diverse perspectives,” said Belinda Biscoe, associate vice president for Outreach at the University of Oklahoma. “They are unifiers, bringing with them awards and pedigrees of scholars and researchers while also truly understanding the groups they study because they are activists and bloggers within those very groups.”

NCORE plans its first high school student cover art competition. This year’s participating schools include Ballou High School, Thurgood Marshall Academy and Friendship Academy, all located in Washington’s Congress Heights area. One entry will be featured as the NCORE conference guide cover, and a selection of other entries will be featured throughout the guide in an effort to support, connect and recognize student artists. Original artwork will be displayed during the conference.

“This art competition and publication of a selection of juried entries provides conference participants evidence there is immense talent that often goes unrecognized on a national level,” said Kathleen Wong(Lau), director of NCORE. “By providing a critical number of featured pieces of artwork, we are sending a message that our brightest and most talented are not the exception to the rule, but they are the rule. The difference is opportunity and the talent of art teacher mentors.”

NCORE 2015 participants will have access to institutes, workshops, film screenings and special evening events. Registration after March 31 is $725. Student registration is $450.

A complete listing of the conference schedule can be found at Information on registration, hotel, exhibit information and more can be found at


The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) was launched in 1988 by the University of Oklahoma Outreach to address social justice issues impacting higher education institutions. The NCORE conference is designed to support movement toward campus communities that are supportive and inclusive across racial and ethnic identity intersections, and to improve the access and success of traditionally underrepresented populations.