NCORE Team Keyonis Johnson Undergraduate StudentMajoring in Social Justice, Minor in Sociology & African American StudiesJuniorOriginally from Chicago, IL & Fridley, MN WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HAMLINE UNIVERISTY NCORE NETWORK?I was initially interested in NCORE because of previous student participants’ sharing their great experiences at the conference. Their experience combined with my personal interests and investment in race relations and racial justice. I had and still have a profound passion for educating myself as well as my community about racial issues and all of its intersections. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NCORE MEMORY or SESSION?Although I enjoyed all of the sessions that I attended, there was one in particular that impacted me significantly. The session was centered on white women and women of color engaging in conversation about race. The session provoked thought of new perspectives that I had never encountered before. A quote that resounded with me was that “race is always in the room whether a person of color is in the room or not” (Frances Kendall). WHAT DID YOU TAKE AWAY FROM THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE?I am definitely taking away a profound, deeper and meaningful understanding of oppression on my different fronts including racism, classism, sexism and many more. My consciousness of these issues is at the highest peak that it has ever been. And, of course, I am taking away a ton of knowledge and experience that was/is life changing. WHAT ARE YOUR PERSONAL GOALS FOR THIS ACADEMIC YEAR?My personal goals for my participation in NCORE and anti-racism during the academic year are to: (1) Develop a deeper knowledge of racial oppression within my own target identities (e.g., African American, female); (2) Engage in transformative dialogue on campus; and (3) Gain positive supporters and allies, and to also hopefully be seen as a selfless ally to others.