NCORE 2017 DelegationIn collaboration with the Office of the Vice President of Instruction and the Division of Student Equity and Support Programs, the Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning (CTTL) is pleased to announce that Skyline College will be sending its 4th delegation to the 2017 National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in Fort Worth, Texas. NCORE is the leading conference on issues of race and ethnicity in higher education. With hundreds of breakout sessions, the 5-day conference provides a forum for critical conversations and exchanges of information about race and ethnicity.

The Advisory Committee for Employee Development (ACED) reviewed delegate applications and selected 3 faculty and 2 classified staff to represent Skyline College at the conference. This year’s faculty delegates include Jessica Lopez, Nathan Jones, and Liza Erpelo; classified staff delegates are Michele Haggar and Jorge Murillo. Each delegate will participate in a half-day, pre-conference institute on a topic they have selected:

  • “Complexity of Student-Centered Work, Race, and Inclusion in the Academy” (Haggar)
  • “Black Identity Development at American Higher Education Institutions” (Jones)
  • “Latinos in Higher Education: Moving the Equity Needle” (Jimenez)
  • “Fundamentals of Social Justice Education” (Erpelo)
  • “Intersectional Interventions: Supporting Queer & Trans Students of Color” (Murillo)

In addition to the pre-conference institute and numerous conference sessions, delegates’ NCORE experiences will also include keynote speakers such as international thought leader, Dr. Juliet V. Garcia; Franchesca Ramsey, actress/writer/video blogger; Jenny Yang and Hari Kondabolu, comedians; and Evon Peter, Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community, and Native Education at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Upon completion of the conference, delegates will lead CTTL-sponsored on-campus workshops/activities on NCORE themes and topics; facilitate discussions on NCORE-related issues specifically relevant to Skyline College; and apply NCORE concepts to campus and/or District-wide equity-related activities. We look forward to what Jessica, Nathan, Liza, Michele, and Jorge will have to share with the Skyline College community.

Article by Nina Floro