College Champions

Each year, two Iowa State colleges are elected to serve as primary NCORE-ISCORE Champions in an effort to improve integration and opportunity across the university community.

Each NCORE-ISCORE Champion will be featured in both the local conference program and on the ISCORE website. NCORE-ISCORE Champions are asked to share college achievements for the year in the form of photos, artwork, and other representations. In addition, each college will submit a 300-word summary of the college achievements and highlights.

NCORE-ISCORE Champions are committed to:

  • Increasing diversity education for members of the ISU community;
  • Sharing information about the importance of understanding issues of race and ethnicity within the academic colleges;
  • Expanding opportunities for the success of underrepresented populations
  • Identifying components of cultural competency within academic colleges and how students, staff, and faculty are impacted;
  • Developing in-service opportunities, guest speakers, book clubs, or other meaningful activities to engage colleagues in dialogue focused on race and ethnicity; and
  • Contributing to ISCORE pre-conference workshops.


Each NCORE-ISCORE Champion elected will become an official sponsor for the annual ISCORE Conference, held during the spring semester. As sponsors, champions commit to a minimum contribution of $1,500 to support the ISCORE Pre-Conference or ISCORE Keynote Speaker. In addition, champions are expected to:

  • Develop appropriate in-service/professional development opportunities for discussions on race and ethnicity in higher education
  • Support faculty and staff in ongoing research and journal submissions on topics of social justice and inclusion
  • Engage in self-reflection within your unit with respect to diversity related to race and ethnicity
  • Commit to sending staff members to ISCORE professional development pre-conference in March
  • Potentially sponsor a delegation of faculty and staff to attend NCORE in May
  • Promote and celebrate college faculty, staff, or student research or work tied to ISCORE goals
  • Present best practices and findings to future Champions at subsequent ISCORE events
  • Encourage ISU community’s use of safe professional spaces for conversations about race and ethnicity


  • Explore ways to infuse diversity into academic research and work
  • Increase knowledge about diverse issues in higher education
  • Identify best practices from other institutions and ways to implement at ISU
  • Develop safe professional spaces for conversations about race and ethnicity
  • Interact with and impact tomorrow’s leaders
  • Celebrate and share college achievements
  • Make a positive impact on the ISU community