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Maximizing Your Students' Experience at NCORE

Presenters: Iris Outlaw, MSA University of Notre Dame; Quantá D. Taylor, MA, The Ohio State University;  and Vernon A. Wall, MS, LeaderShape, Inc.

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This session brings together individuals from varying institutions, who have worked with student delegations at NCORE. These presenters will come together to engage in dialogue and provide strategies for capitalizing and maximizing on the experience had by students while attending NCORE. The presenters will provide strategies on how to debrief with, action plan with, and utilize your student delegation to be change agents on your campus. Presenters will explore the evolving needs and understandings of students and how NCORE can truly be a transformational experience for your students. Campus representatives who have student participants at the conference are encouraged to attend and share their wisdom. Participants will leave this session with tangible examples and techniques for working with your student delegations once they return to campus. This session will assist those considering to establish student delegations for NCORE.

Iris Outlaw, MSA, University of Notre Dame

Iris Outlaw is the Director of Multicultural Student Program and Services at the University of Notre Dame. Outlaw perceives the opportunity to serve the historically underrepresented students as a vocation, which replicates her experience as an undergraduate in Bloomington, Indiana. She is committed to nurturing the pipeline to create scholars and leaders. In her position with the university, she assists the ethnic student organizations with their programming, student leadership development and counsels students as well as oversees the daily operation of the office. Outlaw facilitates diversity and team building workshops not only for the Notre Dame community, but also for the South Bend and Parochial School systems. She has conducted faculty training and consulting for universities. Outlaw has given presentations on diversity issues at local, national and international conferences. Outlaw taught the C.S.C. Cultural Diversity Seminar for over twelve years, co-instructor for the White Privilege Course and was the coordinator for the Practicum on Diversity Education. Currently, she is an instructor for the Moreau First Year Experience course. 

Outlaw is the advisor to the Black Cultural Arts Council, Gymnastic Club, Multicultural Premedical Society, and Building A Better Tomorrow. Working with these groups has been one of the most enjoyable parts of the position. 

Throughout her career, Outlaw has served on numerous local and national boards. She completed her tenure on the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) Board, and is currently serving on National Conference on Race and Ethnicity National Advisory Committee. At the 2015 AABHE Conference, Outlaw received the 2015 AABHE Exemplary Public Service Award. 
Outlaw obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University and Masters in Science Administration from the University of Notre Dame. She has obtained diversity certification through Texas A & M Diversity Education Institute and National Multicultural Institute.

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Vernon A. Wall, MS, LeaderShape, Inc.

Vernon A. Wall has accumulated over 30 years of professional Student Affairs experience at Iowa State University, the University of Georgia, UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Chapel Hill. He has experience in Greek life, new student orientation, student activities, leadership 
development, global education and university housing. Wall currently lives in Washington DC where he serves as the Director of Business Development for LeaderShape, Inc.

Wall is also President and Founder of One Better World, LLC – a consulting firm specializing in engaging others in courageous social justice and equity conversations.

In spring of 1998, Wall sailed with Semester at Sea as a member of the Student Life Team accompanying 600 students on a voyage around the world. With degrees from North Carolina State University and Indiana University, Wall is the consummate scholar-practitioner. He is a nationally known speaker in the areas of social justice and leadership styles and is one of the founders and facilitators of the Social Justice Training Institute. Wall has written several articles and has co-edited two books on issues of inclusion on today’s college campus. His award-winning programs and presentations have been seen by thousands of students, faculty, and staff on campuses across the country. Wall's passion for social justice and inclusion is grounded in a quote from his late grandmother: “May the work I’ve done speak for me.” 

Vernon A. Wall, MS, LeaderShape, Inc.

Quantá D. Taylor, MA, The Ohio State University

Quantá currently serves as the Assistant Director of Student Involvement for the Department of Student Activities within the Office of Student Life at The Ohio State University. In this role, he is responsible for providing supervisory support for the professional and student staff that is responsible for executing over 300 major campus events and programs including campus concerts, lectures, comedians, and professional development opportunities for the 60,000 plus students at Ohio State University. 

Quantá serves as the Co-Chair for Student Participation and Leadership for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) where he creates opportunities for dialogue around issues facing today’s college students and working to provide resources to faculty and staff members who support and educate the students. He volunteers with the YMCA Black Achiever’s Program and Leadership Circle, which strives to provide support and resources to high school seniors as they prepare and go through their college choice and selection process. Quanta has also served as a consultant and have been a member of the board for the Columbus Urban League/Columbus Urban League Young Professionals where he has worked with their education and youth services initiatives. 

Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Transylvania University where he double majored in Cultural, Ethnic, and Racial Studies and Psychology. He also holds minor degrees in Spanish and educational studies. In May of 2014, he completed his Master’s of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University. In fall 2019, Quantá will return to the classroom to pursue an Ed.D. in Higher Education.

Quanta D. Taylor, MA, The Ohio State University