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June 4, 2013
I hope all of you enjoyed NCORE 2013 in New Orleans, with over 2,400 participants, and will look forward next year to Indianapolis.

September 29, 2011
The 25th anniversary of NCORE is upon us, and we should all be excited about the upcoming conference in New York CIty. Please remember that NCORE provides an effective forum for engaging in meaningful dialogue about race and ethnicity, but the substance of the forum lies with all of us who present and attend the yearly event. If you have new insights, knowledge, perspectives, and pioneering ideas you would like to share with a national audience, please submit your proposal. The deadline for the Call for Presentation is January 20, 2012. If you are a student or know of a student who is interested in becoming a College Board/NCORE Scholar, please note that the application for that program is February 28, 2012.

June 9, 2008
Corine Kodama (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Vijay Kanagala (Iowa State University) as national co-chairs are to be congratulated for their leadership roles in caucus meetings. Vijay, who will continue to be an active member, has served his two-year term with diligence and skill and will be replaced by Bindi Patel from NYU.

May 1, 2008
We are all set for the 21st annual NCORE conference in Orlando, Florida. I hope that many of you will be planning to be there to re-experience NCORE and to meet and re-meet new and old friends alike.

June 21, 2007
Hope the 20th NCORE conference in San Francisco was a satisfying and rewarding experience. Special thanks to Vijay Kanagala and Simon Hara for creatively leading the caucus discussions, and congratulations to all new elected steering committee members.

June 14, 2006
A great deal of gratitude are extended to Mamta Accapadi (University of Texas at Austin) and Sumi Pendakur (University of Southern California) for their diligent and significant contributions to APINCORE and NCORE as caucus co-chairs during the past year. They were wonderful in guiding us and in chairing the caucus meetings in Chicago. We hope that the both of them will continue to be active in many years to come. Our new national co-chairs are Simon Hara (University of San Francisco) and Vijay Kanagala (Iowa State University). Vijay has agreed to serve a 2-year term.

March 27, 2006
It appears we are all set for NCORE 2006 in Chicago. Due to her outstanding career as a journalist, activist, and speaker, Helen Zia has been selected as this year's API keynote speaker. This will represent her second appearance at an NCORE conference. Her first appearance in Santa Fe in 2000 drew overwhelming support and satisfaction from our conference participants.

June 22, 2005
It is the hope that all of you had a great conference in New York and that we carry our energy and enthusiasm to the next year. I have posted a picture of the group (if you have more pictures, please send them to me), in addition to making a few updates to the website. We have two new national co-chairs, Sumi and Mamta, who are very excited to provide the leadership for the group. Please communicate with them about any ideas you may have. They will be very happy to hear from you. Special thanks go to Sriyanthie McCabe for her excellent chairing of APINCORE meetings at NYC.

December 1, 2004
The official call for presentation for NCORE 2005 is now available. The deadline is February 4, 2005. Please take advantage of this opportunity to present your important idea to our national audience.

June 7, 2004
I hope that everyone had a good time in Miami. If you have feedback over and beyond what you might have written down on the conference evaluation forms, please contact me. I took some pictures of the group during our first meeting. If you are interested in seeing and downloading the pictures, they are here.

November 20, 2003
The NCORE 2004 website is now up and contains exciting information about pre-conference institutes and keynote speakers. Remember to check out our API Institute. Please remember to submit a proposal for presentation if you have an idea you wish to share with the national audience. The official"Call for Presentation" is here.

June 2, 2003
The NCORE 2003 was a roaring success in terms of the number of participants and very positive feedback from them. We also had a record number of API presentations and presenters. The API Institute was a great success, as judged by the lucky 25 participants who attended, and promises to be even better next year. Special thanks are extended to Jay Minh Alt, Pamela Chao, Jean Wu, Gemma Skillman, and Evelyn Hu-Dehart for organizing and running the Institute. Special appreciation is also extended to Jay Minh Alt for chairing the caucus meetings.

January 30, 2003
The NCORE Proposal Review Committee is reporting that it has yet to receive a proposal dealing with API issues. It is of extreme concern to all of us at NCORE and the Southwest Center. If you have an idea you would like to share with our national audience, please submit a proposal. If you are not interested in making a proposal this time, perhaps you may know of someone who is interested or can encourage some of your colleagues or acquaintances to submit proposals. Our NCORE staff member, Pari, tells me that she is willing to extend the deadline for those who may need some extra time to complete their proposals. She can be reached at (405) 292-4172 or via email.

December 17, 2002
We will have our first Asian Pacific pre-conference institute during NCORE 2003. The group who discussed and designed the institute was headed by Jason Minh Alt from Purchase College in New York. Jason took it upon himself essentially to get the group together and diligently worked toward the final product. We owe Jason a great deal of gratitude

The Call for Presentations has been posted. The deadline is February 3, 2003. If you have an idea you wish to share with the national audience, this is your opportunity. NCORE is continuing to be interested in proposals dealing with API issues or an integrative approach to cross-cultural understanding and cooperation.

August 2, 2002
The Caucus is in the process of developing a three-part special institute designed to address critical issues and concerns faced by Asian Pacific Islanders, from faculty and staff to graduate and undergraduate students in higher education. This institute will be offered during the NCORE 2003 conference in San Francisco. We are very excited about this opportunity and hope that you will support the idea. If you have ideas or suggestions about this institute, please forward them to Jason Minh Alt.

Group photos of participants in NCORE 2002 (New Orleans) have been posted.

May 21, 2002
NCORE 2002 is all set and ready to go. This conference may potentially have the record in terms of the number of registered participants.

April 29, 2002
The final NCORE 2002 Program Schedule is now available on line. Not unlike the schedules from previous NCORE conferences, this year's program schedule is extensive. Perhaps an advanced look at the program schedule can help you plan out your personal participation schedule.

March 7, 2002
The NCORE Proposals Review Committee has completed its task. Acceptance letters should be mailed out shortly. All who had submitted proposals or had encouraged others to submit proposals are duly recognized and thanked for their efforts.

February 18, 2002
The NCORE Proposals Review Committee is in the process of evaluating all submitted proposals. Acceptance letters are scheduled to be mailed out as soon as the Review Committee meets.

January 30, 2002
This is indeed an important landmark: Mee Moua become the nation's first Hmong legislator. Mee Moua, a lawyer and lobbyist who came to the United States as a young refugee, was sent by voters to the Minnesota Senate on January 29, 2002.

December 1, 2001
All individuals interested in addressing API and cross-cultural issues during the NCORE 2002 conference (New Orleans) are invited to submit presentation proposals for review. While the number of API proposals and API presenters increased dramatically last year, we need to be remain active in making sure that important API issues are addressed in sufficient quantity and innovation. We also need to recruit more participants who will come and benefit from the conference.

January 28, 2001
Due to the low number of proposals dealing with APA or API issues for the NCORE 2001 conference, the deadline for proposals has been extended to February 20, 2001. Please make a special attempt to submit a proposal if you have an idea which will benefit the conference's participants. Please feel free to contact me if you just want to bounce off a few ideas or need an initial feedback.

June 29, 2000
The Executive Committee of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies reviewed the recognition proposal prepared by the Steering Committee of APINCORE and embraced it with enthusiasm.



2001 Program Cover

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2003 Program Cover