NCORE Team Carissa Ontiveros Undergraduate StudentMajoring in Criminal JusticeSophomoreOriginally from St. Paul, MN WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HAMLINE UNIVERISTY NCORE NETWORK?I decided to participate in the NCORE Network to better understand how race and racism play a role in higher education. As a person of color who is very interested in social justice, I wanted to form relationships with people with similar visions and goals. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NCORE MEMORY or SESSION?My favorite session was “Latina and Latino Ethno-racial Identity: Redefining Ourselves in Challenging Times.” This session especially related to me and the kind of challenges I face as a Latina in higher education. Not only were the sessions very memorable, but the fact that I got to meet other students who were interested in the same issues as I was exciting. Throughout the conference I also formed stronger bonds/friendships with the rest of the Hamline University NCORE Team..WHAT DID YOU TAKE AWAY FROM THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE?One of the main things I took away was the fact that there is so much more to race and racism that we often know. As a person who is comfortable talking/ acting on race and racism I didn’t realize that it was a topic that many people consider “uncomfortable” to talk about. Race and racism not only effects people of color, but everybody, the majorities and the minorities in society.. WHAT ARE YOUR PERSONAL GOALS FOR THIS ACADEMIC YEAR?One of the personal goals I have personally is to learn more about who I am as a student leader and the role I play within my own Latino community. What I learned about myself and race and racism is to educate others in the process who may not have the opportunities I have through higher education. Through participation in NCORE, I plan to bring the conversation of race and racism to the Hamline Latino community and HALO (Hispanic and Latino Organization).