NCORE-ISCORE Vision: What’s Next?
Dear Iowa State Community:
Through my years as a staff member of the Iowa State University, 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 Thomas L. Hill Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity has increased in both attendance and value to the student, staff, and faculty experience. In 2016, the 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 increase their awareness, knowledge, and skills and gain the necessary experiences to become change agents in their workspaces, communities, and classrooms. The additions of the half day ISCORE pre-conference, the College ISCORE Champions, Professional Development Academy and Network, are examples of the resources, tools and training we provide to facilitate change across our campus.
As the NCORE-ISCORE project continues to gain momentum on multiple levels from the campus administration and community, it is crucial 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 Office 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 when I arrived on campus in August 2000. Significant and lasting change requires engagement from many areas, and professions. Whether it is the NCORE-ISCORE Office or other programs and initiatives, I hope you will join us to become change agents and champions for equality.
Director, NCORE-ISCORE Office