Under the leadership of Vijay Kanagala and Corinne Lodama, the following ideas were discussed during NCORE 2008 (Orlando) for possible coverage in NCORE 2009 in San Diego:
- Issues specifically related to Pacific Islanders
- Refugees and immigrations issues
- Counseling and mental heath issues of API
- Multiracial issues
- Keynoter possibilities include Haunani-Kay Trask and Yen Le Espiritu.
- Other major speaker names include Michael Omi, Derald Wing Sue, Stanley Sue, David Eng, Chandra Mohanty, Esera Tuaolo, Bill Ong Hing, and Maria Root.