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We are pleased to announce a collaboration with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to call for presentations that focus on the intersection of race and athletics. Selected sessions will be presented to our shared community at NCORE 2019 in Portland, Oregon! 

NCORE and the NCAA calls on our constituencies to come forward with proposals that address key issues at this important intersection. We understand there are many issues and contexts that can be addressed, so we are providing some example topics for your consideration as you make decisions responsive to this call.

Example Topics

Historical Perspective

  • The Role of Athletics in Integrating White Spaces

Activism, Social Justice, Politics, and Policy 

  • To Kneel or Not to Kneel
  • The Kaepernick Effect

Experiences of Students/Coaches/Administrators in Non-traditional Sports 

  • Beyond Tiger: People of Color in Golf
  • The Williams Sisters and the Transformation of Women’s Tennis

Race/Ethnicity Beyond Black and White


  • Fundraising Strategies with Former Student-Athletes

Academic Success 

  • Retention and Graduation of Student Athletes
  • Stereotypes of Athletes in the Classroom


  • Combatting the Negative Rhetoric of Black Women in Sports
  • Minority Athletes: Life After Sports

Leadership, Recruitment, and Hiring 

  • The Deficit of Minority Coaches and Administrators in College Sports

Submission Deadline 

The submission deadline has passed. 

Have a question? Please visit us at or email us at We are grateful for your consideration and look forward to an opportunity to consider your proposed sessions. 

Required Information for Proposal Submission

A.    Title of Presentation

B.    Session Track of Proposal 

  •  Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Leadership         
  • Faculty Interest and Needs: Research, Evaluation, Pedagogy and Application         
  • Global, Multicultural and Transnational issues        
  • Human Resources:  Administration and Staff Recruitment, Retention and Professional Development and Education         
  • Intersectionality, Identities and Discussions         
  • Race and Social Justice in Higher Education         
  • Student Affairs and Affiliated Professionals         
  • Student Interest and Engagement 
  • Ongoing Doctoral Research

C.    Category

All persons who are submitting proposal(s) for presentation are required to indicate from among ten possible categories the ONE category that most accurately characterized the predominant thrust of the proposal. These categories are used to assist conference participants in their selection of presentations to attend. The definitions of each category provided below:

  • Theoretical Models: Sessions that focus on concepts, principles, ideas, theories, or ways of formulating apparent relationships or underlying principles of certain observed phenomena. Examples might include discussions of the intersection of race and class or the application of personal and political empowerment theories to ethnic consciousness building.
  • Policy Issues: Sessions that focus on the design, adoption, implementation, and/or content of a set of governing principles, as well as related issues and decision-making processes. Examples might include campus racial harassment policies, affirmative action policies, or faculty retention and promotion policies.
  • Long and Short-Range Planning: Sessions that treat and emphasize the formulation, content, and implementation of specific, tactical, strategic, or comprehensive plans. Examples might include institution wide or system wide diversity plans and/or departmental or program unit plans that include specific objectives, goals, and timelines.
  • Case Studies/Model Programs: Sessions that describe and analyze the development, substance, and/or response to specific situations, incidents, and programs. Examples might include situations of campus bigotry-motivated violence, freshman orientation programs, faculty mentorship programs, or student recruitment and retention programs.
  • Social Media Issues: Sessions focusing on the use of social media platforms to have conversations, raise awareness and organize people and actions on race, ethnicity, sovereignty, transnationalism, power and intersectional identity. Examples may include using social media to lead effective campaigns to make change, examining social media output around local or national events such as #Ferguson, #NotYourAsianSidekick, #NotAMascot, #BlackLivesMatter, and #SolidarityisforWhiteWomen, and/or the study of social media. 
  • Media Representations: Sessions that focus on the critical analysis and examination of media representations with respect to race, ethnicity, sovereignty, transnationalism, power and intersectional identity. Examples may include the analysis and examination of the misappropriation of Native American bodies and culture as mascots for athletics or representations of Arabs in media that draw upon negative stereotypes and tropes that foster damaging and dangerous relations among peoples. 
  • Experiential/Interactive Training: Sessions involving significant interaction between the facilitator(s) and session attendees and designed to result in growth and enhanced awareness through introspection, interaction, and experiential learning. Examples might include games, simulations, or other exercises or combination of exercises that are experiential and interactive in nature.
  • Training of Trainers: Sessions designed to teach attendees how to become effective trainers in specific content areas or how to set up programs for developing effective trainers in these areas, with an emphasis on both the specific content required for effective training as well as training methods. Examples might include training for academic counselors or peer mentors, or the training of discussion or focus group leaders skilled in facilitating dialogue around diversity issues.
  • Curricular/Pedagogical Models: Sessions that focus on the development and substance of specific course content in either required or optional courses, as well as in both credit and non-credit formats; or that focus on issues and styles of teaching and learning. Examples might include required multicultural course content, freshman orientation program content, faculty development programs linked to curricular change, techniques for teaching in a multicultural classroom, and sessions focusing on the learning styles of culturally diverse students.
  • Research/Assessment/Evaluation: Sessions that report on the findings of specific studies or assessments and/or that treat issues relating to research and evaluation methodology. Examples might include studies of student retention and achievement, campus climate studies, research indicating the effects of multicultural course content on student attitudes, and other assessments that measure effects and/or outcomes of specific programs.

D.    Level of Experience

Choose an appropriate level of experience for your audience at the conference. Choices include: Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced.

  • Beginner ‒ Beginner sessions are geared toward supporting the development of participants who are being introduced to the topic or focus of the session. Participants can be expected to have limited or no experience in the topic or focus area.
  • Intermediate ‒ Intermediate sessions are geared toward supporting the development of participants who are expected to have a working knowledge of and experience with the topic or focus of the session. 
  • Advanced ‒ Intermediate sessions are geared toward supporting the development of participants who are expected to have a well-developed knowledge of and experience with the topic or focus of the session. 
  • All Levels ‒ Sessions focused on all levels are considered to be appropriate for participants of any level of knowledge or experience level with the topic or focus of the session.

E.    Time Format Requested

  • 75 minutes
  • 90 minutes
  • Two hours
  • Three hours

Please have the names, city/state, credentials, email addresses, institution/company, and brief (150 words or less) bio ready for every presenter. You will not be able to submit your abstract until we have all required information indicated on the form. 

Provide a session description of 200 words or less that clearly describes your proposed session. If your proposal is selected for presentation, this session description will be used on the conference website and in the conference program guide. The session abstract must contain a statement that begins with "This session should particularly benefit..." This sentence should be completed in such a way as to help conference participants with

  1. Different Interests
  2. Knowledge/Experience Levels to better determine the scope and level of the session. 

Important Notice

Presenters are responsible for editing their own session abstract. The session abstract should be a clearly written finished piece that has been thoroughly checked for correct grammar and punctuation. The NCORE editor will only be responsible for delivering print-ready copy of the conference program to the publisher.

A Presentation Summary of not more than five type-written double-spaced pages in 12 pt font. Use this opportunity to indicate the larger context and purpose of the proposal and to provide additional information, such as rationale, background and/or historical information, linkage with related efforts and events, measures of effects and/or impact, etc.

Please provide a clearly stated purpose and objectives of this presentation. Please also list the learning outcomes, takeaways and/or actions that stem from attending this session.

Select up to six keywords that are connected to the subject and/or content of your session. These keywords will allow participants to browse the program according to their interest.



African American/Black
American Indian/Native American
Asian Pacific American
Multiple Racial Identities




Academic Affairs
Human Resources
Multicultural Affairs
Residence Life
Student Affairs
Student Life


Affirmative Action
Body Arts
Career Path
Coalition Building
Critical Race Theory
Deaf Identity
Diversity and Inclusion
Environmental Justice/Sustainability
Facilitator Development
Identity Development
Institutional Efforts at Transformation
Intergroup Dialogue/Facilitation
Leadership Development
Media Analysis
Minority Serving Institutions
Performing Arts
Perspective Taking
Popular Culture
Portland Focus
Practitioner Development
Predominantly White Institutions
Reinventing Language
Social Media
Socioeconomic Class
Systemic Racism
Theory to Praxis
Visual Arts

The standard room set for the conference is theater seating. Due to increased conference attendance, only a small number of rooms will be available for special room set-up. Selecting a special room set-up may decrease the chances of proposal selection UNLESS you indicate you are also willing to present the session in theater seating if we are unable to fulfill your special room set-up request.

All session rooms will have the following standard set of AV equipment: LCD projector, screen, flip chart, and markers. You must supply your own laptop computer and/or any device adapters. Internet connectivity is available on request.

To meet the accessibility requests of our participants, we request that all presentation materials (presentation slides, session handouts, etc.) be provided to NCORE via email by Friday, May 10. 

Please email with questions.