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PRESENTERS' GUIDELINES

2019 Guidelines for Presenters

  • Please begin your session with a land acknowledgement.
  • Please recognize individual gender pronoun use.
  • 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 five minutes of the presentation to give participants looking for programing 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 the majority 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.
  • Use quality visual aids to ensure readability by audiences of 100 or more at distances of up to 50 feet. CAUTION: If you are presenting tables, charts, or other graphics keep them simple and with only a few key numbers relative to your presentation.
  • Bring sufficient quantities (at least 50 copies) of quality handouts, to ease the burden of note taking by session participants. These handouts should highlight major points, which provide important supplemental data from your presentation, including the visual aids components. Attendees are extremely appreciative of materials they can take back to their home campuses. Providing handouts is the responsibility of the presenter. NCORE cannot make paper copies of any materials for your presentation(s).