• NCORE Team History

    The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity is a five day gathering of people whose work and passion addresses race and racism on college campuses, in such areas as classrooms, organizations and co‑curricular activities, administrative practice and campus policy, campus life, and social justice education and training.  

    The purpose of the Hamline University NCORE Network is to support the personal, professional and community’s development of diversity leadership specific to race and ethnicity.  Taking its leads from the national conference yet also responsive to the needs of the university community, from its inception, the Hamline University NCORE Network has prioritized education and advocacy on race and ethnicity. However, initiatives often address religious, national origin, gender, sexuality, social class, and ability differences as they intersect with race and ethnicity.

    The Hamline University NCORE Network includes all university members who have participated on an NCORE team. Since 1999, Hamline University has been sending a team of faculty, staff, students and administrators to the annual national conference.   Each Hamline NCORE team, in turn, develops and implements on-campus programs, activities and initiatives tailored to the particular needs of our university community. The Hamline NCORE Network began during the 1998-1999 academic year as part of a grant Professor Jim Bonilla received from the Bremer Foundation to support a train-the-trainer initiative to help the university develop capacity for creating and supporting diversity activities.  The initial grant was approximately $14, 220 with an additional $3,300 support from Student Affairs.  In 1999-2000 and in subsequent years, different university organizations, units, programs and budget managers (i.e., CLA Dean’s Office, Hamline University Student Congress, Commitment to Community, Conflict Studies, University Relations, Student Affairs, MISA Office, President’s Office, University Provost, etc.) offered financial support to allow the NCORE Network to continue with each area requiring that one of its constituent members attend to represent and benefit that particular unit. 

    In order to institutionalize the NCORE Network and to avoid the possibility of the initiative ending as budgets tightened, Provost Jerry Greiner, a member of the 2003 team, led the effort to create a university budget for NCORE beginning with the 2004-2005 academic year.  Since then the NCORE Network has had a separate budget line and many of the recruitment and funding difficulties of the past have been alleviated. 

    Hamline University is consistently recognized at the national conference for being one of only three universities to send a diverse delegation inclusive of faculty, staff, students and administrators. (The other two are Rutgers University and Iowa State University.)  Related, for the last five to six years, Hamline University has accounted for one third of the conference attendees from Minnesota.  Other universities, local and national, have adopted Hamline’s deliberately inclusive, representative model of selecting, training and project development but have not been as successful in maintaining consistent financial support and/or diverse constituent representation for their respective NCORE initiatives.