ISCORE to Action

The NCORE-ISCORE Office has developed a new action-driven initiative supported by our campus partners called ISCORE to Action. ISCORE to Action is a yearlong promotion of webinars, speakers, educational content, and programming via virtual and in-person platforms. Through this initiative, action-based outcomes increasing our awareness, knowledge, and skills can be developed and implemented with an antiracism framework related to diversity and inclusion.

ISCORE to Action Core Principles

  • Preparation
  • Engagement
  • Accountability

We invite you, your office team, leadership team, or any group you choose to support and participate in ISCORE to Action.

Complete this form,, or email to schedule a time to discuss what this might look like for you.

ISCORE to Action Opportunities

NCORE Webinars
All webinars will be hosted at 3:00 PM-4:30 PM CST via WebEx. 

  • Hashtags and Unfollows: Race and Racism in the Age of Social Media: October 6, 2020 
  • Racism and Infectious Disease: Understanding the impact of COVID-19: November 3, 2020
  • The Dehumanization of Indigenous Women: December 1, 2020
  • Woke Olympics and Social Justice Arrogance: January 5, 2021 
  • Navigating Academia in PWCs and Universities: A guide to equip first-generation students of color to thrive in higher education: February 2, 2021
  • Kaleidoscope: Improving Campus Culture using a Program with a Diversity Lens: April 6, 2021

ISCORE to Action Opportunity Submission
Interested in sharing an opportunity focused on race and ethnicity for promotion? Please email and include:
contact person information (name, department, email, and phone number)
name of topic
platform information (virtual or in-person)
any marketing visuals (ex. Flyer)

Please note all opportunities need to be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the event to ensure adequate promotion.

Hashtags and Unfollows: Race and Racism in the Age of Social Media
October 6, 2020
Presenters: Alana Anderson, PhD and Kevin Gin, PhD

Limited research has been advanced that considers how social media intersects with race, racism, and gender among college students. Additionally, scholars have noted these are areas necessitating the attention of student affairs. This session presents literature, emerging research, and best practices to advance action-oriented practices regarding how to best support students in the context of today’s racialized and gendered social media campus cultures.

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Racism and Infectious Disease: Understanding the impact of COVID-19
November 3, 2020
Presenters: Dr. Li-Chen Chin, Dr. Lily Cho, Avvy Yao-Yao Go, Dr. Jennifer Ho, and Yun Sun

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been an increasing number of xenophobic and racist incidents against Asians in the US and Canada, and against Africans in China–from being told “Go back to where you came from,” “Stop eating wild animals,” to being refused service, physically assaulted, or forced to get tested. Marginalized populations are disproportionally affected by the global pandemic and serve as scapegoats for failed institutional policies and practices.

A panel of experts will present and engage in an interdisciplinary discussion to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on a transnational level, and how higher education institutions can use this opportunity to examine our policies and practices and to advocate for justice and equity for all students, staff, and faculty, and our community.

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The Dehumanization of Indigenous Women
December 1, 2020
Presented by Emma Allen, MA, and Stephanie Cross, MA

According to the FBI, Indigenous women are three times as more likely to experience rape or sexual assault than Black, Latina, and European-American women in North America. Historically, Indigenous women have and continue to experience both racism and sexism through the colonization of North America. This session will argue that Indigenous women are viewed as less than human, that is, they experience dehumanization by non-Native people. Thus far, no empirical research has investigated the objectification of Indigenous women through the dehumanization framework. Through both quantitative and qualitative research methods, the presenters will investigate various ways that Indigenous women experience dehumanization and the mechanisms underlying how they are dehumanized by others. This session will examine the effects of dehumanization on Indigenous women and their lived experiences both in and outside of the University of Oklahoma. After a discussion centered on these issues, the presenters will discuss the implications that dehumanization has for Indigenous women inside higher education. The presenters will then offer recommendations for best practices when incidences of racism and sexism (i.e. dehumanization) occur on campus and how to support and empower Indigenous women through relationship building. This session should particularly benefit those working with and advising Indigenous students.

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Woke Olympics and Social Justice Arrogance 
January 5, 2021
Presented by Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington

“You are speaking out of your White Privilege.” “If you were non-binary, you would understand why pronouns matter.” “This entire training is based on heteronormative assumptions.” “We don’t have anyone on this team qualified to assess how our entire operation is based on racist and colonized frameworks.” Have you been in the room when comments like these have been made? Have you felt shut down or at a loss for how to address and deal with the weaponization of social justice knowing? This session is designed to create a space for a real conversation about how the “Woke Olympics” is contributing to the challenge of creating learning campus environments and impacting the ability to move to more diverse, equitable, and inclusive campuses. The session will provide key concepts and foundational frameworks for navigating these important and prevalent dynamics impacting DEI efforts.

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Navigating Academia in PWCs and Universities: A guide to equip first-generation students of color to thrive in higher education
February 2, 2021
Presenter: Krystal M. Cruz, Doctoral Student | Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Program in Health Education at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Education, Health and Psychology—Teachers College, Columbia University

Drawing upon experiential and academic knowledge, this session serves to provide strategies for first-generation students of color (SOC) to navigate predominantly white academic institutions. Experiential knowledge will center on the intersectionality of race, class, gender, and ability, aiming to share lived experiences to illuminate differing trajectories of success. Strategies include mentorship, mental health-seeking behavior, identity-based student group campus spaces, safe and inclusive spaces, and bias incident reporting systems.

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Kaleidoscope: Improving Campus Culture using a Program with a Diversity Lens
April 6, 2021
Presenters: Crystal Jushka, M.Ed., Adrienne German, MS | University of Wisconsin

This session examined the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Kaleidoscope program, developed to create a more welcoming campus, create cultural competence among students, staff, and faculty, and increase the matriculation of underrepresented students. Presenters discussed how MCW developed and delivers a much-needed forum for constituents to learn about and discuss issues of diversity. They discussed how the program and featured topics regarding race and ethnicity are facilitated and provide engaging examples.

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