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Texas A&M To Have Major Presence At National Conference On Race And Ethnicity In Higher Education May 30

April 27, 2017


By Lesley Henton, Texas A&M University Marketing and Communications

About 100 students, faculty, and staff from Texas A&M University will be participating in this year’s Annual National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), May 30-June 3 in Fort Worth.

Thanks to the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Office for Diversity, the Division of Research and the Division of Student Affairs, Texas A&M will co-sponsor the 2017 Welcoming Reception, the kickoff event for the nearly 4,000 expected registered participants at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31 in the Ballroom of the Fort Worth Convention Center.

“Texas A&M is leading organizational change efforts at the university as well as unit levels around the University Diversity Plan goals of accountability, climate, and equity. While we fully recognize our challenges, it is important to engage, share, and invite feedback on some of the work we are accomplishing on our campus. Our students, faculty, staff, and administrators who are planning to lead sessions and dialogues are examples of committed leaders for change. I am very excited about our efforts and presence,” says Christine Stanley, vice president and associate provost for diversity, and professor of higher education.

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The NCORE conference, guided by The University of Oklahoma’s Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies, constitutes the leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education. The conference focuses on creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change designed to improve racial and ethnic relations on campus and to expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations.

NCORE provides a significant national forum for discussion, critical dialogue and exchange of information as institutions search for effective strategies to enhance access, social development, education, positive communication and cross-cultural understanding in culturally diverse settings.

There will be a total of 22 Texas A&M presentations, many of which relate to implementation of Diversity Plan goals.  Sample presentations include: “Assessing Hiring Processes: Holding Ourselves Accountable;” “Coercive Assimilation: The Perils of Identity Performance by Muslims in a Post-9/11 America;” “Community Engagement Through Design: Collaboration with the Brazos Valley African American Museum;” “Mentoring Minorities and Women in STEM;” and “New Student Conferences in Español.”

Select student fellows from TAMU RISE (TAMU Race, Identity & Social Equity) will also be attending NCORE.

For more information on NCORE or to receive the Texas A&M group discount, follow:

For more information about the Texas A&M NCORE delegation and planned events, contact NCORE Planning Committee representative, Dr. Suzanne Droleskey, executive director in the Office of Public Partnerships and Outreach, at 979-845-1860 or


Media contact: Lesley Henton, 979-845-5591,

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