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Introducing Keynote Speakers for NCORE 2022


The Rev. Dr. William Joseph Barber II

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 | 1:30 PM | Oregon Convention Center

The Rev. Dr. William Joseph Barber II, keynote speaker

President and Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach & Co- Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is the President and Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach; Co- Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival; Bishop with The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries; Visiting Professor at Union Theological Seminary; and Senior Fellow at Auburn Seminary. For more than a quarter century, he has pastored the Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Since Rev. Dr. Barber began his ministry at Greenleaf 29 years ago, the church has sponsored efforts that have led to more than $12 million of community development, in addition to welcoming all into the body of Christ. He is the author of four books: We Are Called To Be A Movement; Revive Us Again: Vision and Action in Moral Organizing; The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and The Rise of a New Justice Movement; and Forward Together: A Moral Message For The Nation.

Rev. Dr. Barber is also architect of the Moral Movement, which began with weekly Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013 and revived under the banner of the Poor People’s Campaign. In 2018, Rev. Dr. Barber helped relaunch the Poor People’s Campaign—which was begun by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others in 1968—with an historic wave of protests in state capitals and in Washington, D.C., calling for a moral agenda and a moral budget. Rev. Dr. Barber has been arrested 17 times for nonviolent civil disobedience. Millions of Americans have participated in Poor People’s Campaign events over the past three years.
A highly sought-after speaker, Rev. Dr. Barber has given keynote addresses at hundreds of national and state conferences, including the 2016 Democratic National Convention. He has spoken to a wide variety of audiences including national unions, fraternities and sororities, drug dealer redemption conferences, women’s groups, economic policy groups, voting rights advocates, LGBTQ equality and justice groups, environmental and criminal justice groups, small organizing committees of domestic workers, fast food workers, and national gatherings of Christians, Muslims, Jews, and other people of faith. Rev. Dr. Barber gave the homily at the 59th Inaugural Prayer Service for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. He spoke at the Vatican in 2017 in response to Pope Francis’s encyclical “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home,” and he was invited again to speak at the Vatican in 2021, at a conference hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. On June 18, 2018, Rev. Dr. Barber spoke before the 5th Uni Global Union World Congress to more than 25 countries and was added to the Black Achievers Wall in the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, England. He has had 10 honorary degrees conferred upon him.


Matika Wilbur

Thursday, June 2, 2022 | 1:30 PM | Oregon Convention Center

photo of Matika Wilbur

Photo Documentarian, Writer Filmmaker, Podcaster, and Public Speaker

Matika Wilbur was raised in the Swinomish Tribal community and is enrolled in the Tulalip Tribe, where she currently lives with her husband and baby. She integrates fine art and social justice as a long-form photo documentarian, writer, filmmaker, podcaster and public speaker. She is the founder and photographer of Project 562, a documentary project dedicated to “changing the way we see Native America”. After earning her BFA from Brooks Institute of Photography, Matika began her career in fashion and commercial photography in Los Angeles, but quickly decided to instead use photography as a tool for social justice. Project 562 is Matika’s fourth major creative project elevating Native American identity and culture. Her first project captured portraits of Coast Salish elders for “We Are One People” (2004, Seattle Art Museum), then “We Emerge,” which featured Native people in contemporary urban and traditional settings (2008, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture), followed by “Save the Indian and Kill the Man,” which addressed the forced cultural assimilation of Native Peoples (2012, Tacoma Art Museum). Since 2015, Matika has offered more than three hundred keynote speeches at institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, Google, the National Education Association, and TED. She is a National Geographic Explorer and recipient of the distinguished Leica Photo Award. She co-hosts the popular Native issues podcast, All My Relations, which invites guests to explore the connections between land, creatural relatives, and one another. Dispatches from Project 562 can be found @project_562, and on,, and


Deborah A. Santiago

Friday, June 3, 2022  | 1:30 PM | Oregon Convention Center


keynote speaker Kip Fulbeck

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Excelencia in Education

Deborah A. Santiago is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Excelencia in Education, America's premier authority on efforts accelerating Latino student success in higher education. As an innovator, thought leader, and educational visionary, she has led research and advanced evidence-based practices and strategies for more than 20 years at national levels to improve educational opportunities and success to better SERVE Latino, and all, students.

She co-founded Excelencia in Education in 2004 to inform policy, compel action, and collaborate with those ready to accelerate student success with an unapologetic Latino lens. Among her many contributions, Deborah has addressed federal legislative issues in higher education at the Congressional Research Service and informed program and policy implementation at the U.S. Department of Education. She also improved awareness and education opportunities for Latinos with federal agencies as the Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. Among Deborah’s community efforts, she has provided program design and implementation for dropout prevention and parental engagement for the ASPIRA Association and translated data for community engagement at the Los Angeles Alliance for Student Achievement. Deborah has been referred to by media as a national expert on Latinos in higher education and her respected work has been cited in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, The Economist, Forbes, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Mary Washington, her Alma Mater, as well as the Advisory Board of TheDream.US.


Kip Fulbeck

Saturday, June 4, 2022  | 1:00 PM | Oregon Convention Center


keynote speaker Kip Fulbeck

Kip Fulbeck: Artist & Author - Creator of The Hapa Project

Kip Fulbeck traveled the U.S. photographing thousands of people, and asking them to handwrite their response to the question “Who are you?” He began these projects searching for the America never covered in history books – for the millions of people like himself that fell between the categories of race. What he found was a powerful and universal drive within individuals to share their stories and connect. In our contemporary world of social distance, overwhelming social media, Zoom meetings, and clickbait, Fulbeck believes our need to identify ourselves – our need to be really seen – is now more necessary than ever before. Join him as he shares images and stories from his projects ... some hilarious, some tragic, but all ultimately American.

Artist Kip Fulbeck has been featured on CNN, MTV, The New York Times, The TODAY Show and National Public Radio. He is a Distinguished Professor of Art at UCSB, where he is the recipient of the Faculty Diversity Award and the Distinguished Teaching Award, and has been named an outstanding faculty member five times. A complete overachiever despite being only half-Chinese, he is also an avid surfer, ocean lifeguard, and multiple time national champion in U.S. Masters Swimming.