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At NCORE, our hearts are heavy with sympathy for the people of Hawai‘i as they confront the vast and devastating damage from wildfires which were fueled by hurricane-force winds and severe drought. Deadly fires on the island of Maui severely damaged the historic town of Lāhainā, which was formerly the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Many displaced people are temporarily housed in the Hawai‘i Convention Center on the island of O‘ahu, where NCORE 2024 will be held this Spring.

We have been communicating with our partners in the Native Hawaiian community, and they have recommended the following mutual aid organizations for those who would like to support relief efforts:

Hawai'i Community Foundation          Maui United Way

We ask our shared community of NCORE to consider ways you can support the relief efforts by helping those directly impacted by this tragedy.

As we continue to process the gravity of what has happened and bear witness to what is unfolding, we also continue our planning to bring NCORE to Hawai‘i. This will be connected to our efforts to deeply understand, build community, and develop a program that honors the place and the relationships we are forming there.

Amid these heartbreaking and uncertain times, we stand in solidarity with the Hawaiian community, and our thoughts are with all those affected by this crisis.

With love and concern for our Hawai‘i family,



Fostering Inclusion at NCORE

It is the expectation of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies that all participants at NCORE enjoy a welcoming and inclusive environment, free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. 

NCORE is committed to fostering an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of ideas. In pursuit of that ideal, NCORE is committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity and treatment for all NCORE participants in NCORE sponsored events, regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, age, marital status, sexual orientation, immigration status, disabilities, veteran status, or body size. 

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NCORE History

NCORE® provides a significant forum for discussion and critical dialogue about race, ethnicity, and its intersections in higher education. This forum allows people and institutions to find effective strategies promoting access, social development, education, positive communication, and cross-cultural understanding in diverse settings. 

In 1988, The Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies launched the first annual National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE®). This conference addressed the resurgence of racist incidents in higher education. Since its inception, NCORE® has evolved into a vital national resource. NCORE fosters vibrant community understanding across socially constructed differences. We annually convene to share promising and emergent practices and present scholarly findings. The conference affords opportunities to bear witness to our experiences and generate new knowledge as we equip each other with actionable resources. These actions occur in service supporting the development of constructive, equitable, transformative change in our institutions and communities. 

The NCORE® conference series constitutes the leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in higher education. The conference focuses on the complex task of creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change. This change work is designed to improve racial and ethnic relations and their intersections with other issues and groups on campus. The conference speakers and sessions offer strategies for expanding educational access and success for diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations.

What is NCORE?

Formed in 1961, the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies (SWCHRS) is based at the University of Oklahoma Outreach / College of Continuing Education. SWCHRS is devoted to the study, understanding, and resolution of human conflict and to promoting understanding and cooperation among people of different racial, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds. One of the major programs SWCHRS produces is the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE®). Held annually, NCORE® serves as the leading national forum of its kind and attracts national and international attendees representing more than 1,200 institutions of higher education, non-profits and other educational organizations.


The Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity (JCSCORE) is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published by the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE). JCSCORE is committed to promoting an exchange of ideas that can transform lives, enhance learning, and improve human relations in higher education.