NCORE Community Voices
We are currently looking for stories and experiences from people who have been to NCORE. Tell us about your experience attending NCORE from either your first time or 28th time. How has NCORE been a catalyst for social change on campus? What did you take away from NCORE? What would you tell other people about the conference? We want to hear from you!
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Where do I begin? There are not enough words to capture the life-changing experience I had at NCORE 2012. It was an experience that challenged me to think broadly and differently. Of all the great workshops and keynotes, two sessions really impacted my life and made me ask myself, “What is my role/place as an African-American male in America?”
Imagine attending the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) for the first time. You elect to attend one of the many networking events at the conference. As you walk into a spacious conference room, you realize that you barely recognize anyone out of the more than 200 people gathered there. All around you, people stand around shaking hands and hugging each other as laughter and joyous cacophony fills the room. Now picture someone unfamiliar walking up to you from within the crowd of people. With love and joy in her eyes, she reaches out, grabs both of your shoulders and says “I love you, I love you, I love you, my sister. Anytime you need to talk about anything, you feel free to call me,” as she digs out her business card for you.
I never knew a conference like NCORE existed. My boss at UW's Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity recommended I go after we attended a smaller conference called Social Justice Real Justice in Portland, OR. He was right when he said the NCORE environment would be an amplified version of my first experience. On campus, there are very few places to recognize the differences people from various race/ethnicities possess, so it was refreshing to be able to dialogue in a place where those differences are acknowledged and celebrated.