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Meet our 2018 NCORE Keynote Speakers.


Tuesday, May 29th  |  8:00 - 9:15 PM

A dynamic and inspirational expert examining generational trauma and promoting healing practices.

Joy DeGruy

Joy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author, and presenter

Joy DeGruy

Joy is the author of the groundbreaking book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome - America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing which addresses the residual impacts of trauma on African descendants in the Americas.


Joy DeGruy

Joy explores replacing behaviors which are today maladaptive with ones that will promote, and sustain the healing and ensure the advancement of African American culture. 


Wednesday, May 30th  |  1:30 - 2:45 PM

A champion of inclusivity to build and extend strong communities.

Symone Sanders

Symone is currently Principal of the 360 Group LLC where she provides strategic communications guidance to organizations, businesses, individuals, campaigns and candidates and helps clients find sound solutions to tough political and social problems.

Symone Sanders

Symone D. Sanders is a strategist who rose to prominence during her tenure as the national press secretary for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. 

Symone Sanders

Symone draws from her experience on the national stage to provide perceptive analysis and results-oriented problem solving on political and social issues.


Thursday, May 31st  |  1:30 - 2:45 PM

A fierce advocate for educational equity; raising standards through well-reasoned policy making

Denise Juneau

Denise experienced first-hand the value of education and public service and recognizes they can change the course of someone’s life.

Denise Juneau

She was also on the leading edge of implementing Indian Education for All, guiding the creation of culturally-relevant curriculum and professional development and training for Montana educators. Her work is always steeped in community and is inclusive of all voices.

Denise Juneau

Denise is a nationally-recognized speaker and has given keynotes that engage diverse audiences in a meaningful and inspirational way. She has given speeches on the national stage, at state, regional and national conferences and at numerous commencement celebrations.


Friday, June 1st  |  1:30 - 2:45 PM

An incisive public intellectual truth-tell challenging institutions with unflinching clarity

Michael Benitez

Benitez is known for his down-to-earth, insightful commentary and critical perspectives on social and cultural issues including social justice education, equity and inclusion, diversity and multiculturalism, intercultural development, identity formation, race and ethnic relations, knowledge representation and production, youth and leadership development, student success, and critical pedagogy and praxis.

Michael Benitez

Nationally-acclaimed activist-scholar, practitioner, and educator, with extensive experience in diversity issues in higher education.

Michael Benitez

Dr. Benitez has served higher education in different capacities over the last two decades, including academic and student affairs, equity and inclusion, Title IX, and teaching.


Saturday, June 2nd  |  12:30 - 1:45 PM

A critically-engaged artist creatively addressing social justice issues.


D’Lo is a queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American actor/writer/comedian whose work ranges stand-up comedy, solo theater, plays, films and music production, poetry, and spoken word.


D’Lo is the creator of the “Coming Out, Coming Home” writing workshop series which have taken place with South Asian and/or Immigrant LGBTQ Organizations nationally, which provide a transformative space for workshop participants to write through their personal narratives and share their truths through a public reading. 


D'Lo's workshops are specifically designed to provide emotional and spiritual support for individuals working through the complexity of their intersecting identities. 


The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE®) is a program of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies

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