Dear Iowa State community:

Over the past 16 years, I have had the honor of working with a committed team of volunteers who have helped the NCORE-ISCORE project become a national flagship project in Student Affairs. Each year, the Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity has increased in both attendance and value to the student, staff, and faculty experience. The 2016 NCORE cohort was an example of the trust and confidence the university has in the project. We had the largest delegation of students, faculty, and staff at the national conference (72 participants) and the largest delegation in the history of the project.

Our continued expectation is that all participants will gain the necessary experiences to become change agents in their workplaces, communities, and classrooms. The recent additions of the professional development pre-conference and the College ISCORE Champions are examples of the resources, tools and trainings we provide to make change happen across our campus.

As NCORE-ISCORE continues to gain momentum on multiple levels from the campus administration and community, it’s critical that we continue to look ahead and ensure that we are creating engaging and relevant content and opportunities for all participants. The vision for the future of the NCORE-ISCORE project includes efforts towards an open and safe environment at Iowa State where we can have productive discussions on issues of race and ethnicity and enact meaningful change in the areas of equality and respect.

Issues of race and ethnicity are as important today as they were 16 years ago. Significant and lasting change requires engagement from many areas, and professions. Whether it is the NCORE-ISCORE project or other programs and initiatives, I hope you will join us to become change agents and champions for equality.


Japannah Kellogg