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Thank you for presenting at NCORE 2021 (June 7-11). Virtual conference sessions will take place over Zoom on our virtual conference platform, OpenWater. All presenters are required to follow our accessible standards to ensure no one is left out of the conversation. The instructions and templates below are for live zoom presentations. Poster session presenters should refer to instructions on the Poster Session page.



All presenters must use the official NCORE 2021 PowerPoint template. Download below:


NCORE 2021 PowerPoint Template           


PowerPoint (and Other Resources) Submission Process

Upload your accessible slide deck, hand outs, and other resources to OpenWater for accessibility review by Friday, May 28, 2021

Save files as Last Name - Session Title  (Long title? We only need the first few words.)


Upload Your Presentation  


Guidelines for Presenters


Review and download the Presenter Guidelines PDF and watch the Presenter Orientation video.


  • Please attend to the accessibility guidelines provided on the NCORE 2021 slide template. 
  • Please begin your session with a land acknowledgement drawing from the guidance provided on the NCORE 2021 slide template or one developed in accountable relationship with your community. 
  • Please invite participants to share their pronouns if they wish to, and please recognize individual gender pronoun use. 
  • For your Zoom platform presentation, please attend to the following to ensure the quality of your presentation: 
    • Please use a stable internet connection which will allow you to have your camera on. 
    • If applicable, please check your audio input to ensure your voice is clearly transmitted.
    • Consider turning down volume on your computer speakers.
    • Turn off the alerts and ringtones on your electronic devices.
    • If possible, set up in a small, isolated room with carpeting/rugs and quiet ventilation.
    • Supplement with natural light but avoid windows in your camera background.
    • Practice with camera placement at the time of day of your presentation. 
    • Take steps to minimize any ambient background noise, if possible. 
  • Please be mindful that NCORE is a learning community. Although your session may relate to participants with specific identities, all participants are welcome at any conference session. 
  • For sessions that specifically refer to multicultural or multiracial work in either the session title or description, please note the following: 
    • If the primary data, findings, and implications are connected to specific identity groups, please state so within the first 5 minutes of the presentation to give participants looking for programming for identity groups that may not be covered directly in the scope of your work an opportunity to decide if they need to make a different session choice. 
    • Tangential or implied application of your work on identity groups not represented in your work is not considered sufficient. 
  • Please be prepared to include intersectional reference points to your topic as they are introduced to the discussion by participants. 
  • Be mindful that NCORE has a long history and a unique conference culture that has emerged through organic community formation. The ethos has been to practice inclusion on all levels including: 
    • Peer-to-peer interactions
    • Presentation interactions
    • Discussion interactions
  • The expectation is to be aware, accountable, and responsible for the impact of social or occupational rank in our interactions with others. 
  • Plan your presentation carefully for the time allotted, the number of presenters, and the amount of material to be presented.  Rehearse, if necessary, to ensure that your time management is appropriate to the length and scope of your session.
  • Cover what the description of your session promises to deliver. Participants are extremely disappointed when they feel they were not given what the description of the session promised.
  • Actively facilitate your session so that premature and/or tangential questions do not allow the session to veer from the task at hand.  
    • Exercise sound judgment in handling questions/comments from the audience, and adequately assessing the level and needs of session participants. 
    • Stay on task. 
    • Indicate that you will leave time for questions and/or comments at the end of your presentation.  
    • Indicate your willingness to discuss tangential issues further with participants after your session.
  • Be mindful of your audience. The conference is attended by people representing virtually all higher education academic, service areas, and roles (including students, faculty, staff, and administrators). Many attendees join us representing corporations or non-profits focused on higher education or as consultants to higher educational communities. Think creatively about effective ways to engage them, to facilitate productive interaction, and to tap the collective experience, knowledge and wisdom participants bring to the session. Allocate one-fourth of your session's time to questions, discussion, and productive interaction.
  • Become familiar enough with your prepared presentation and materials to present without reading for extended periods. Let your engagement in the topic and your excitement about your work show in your presentation, and you will do a better job of engaging others.
  • If you have handouts, please send them to the NCORE Google Drive by May 28th using this link. Please name your file your last name and first few words of the title of your session. You may also upload handouts into the session using the chat function of your Zoom meeting.