ISCORE returns with new name

ISCORE celebrates its 17th year with a new namesake. The Thomas L. Hill ISCORE: Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity, named for Iowa State's former senior vice president for student affairs and founder of the event, kicks off with a professional development afternoon for ISU employees on March 3, and a full slate of speakers and discussions for the entire university community on March 4. Registration is free and walk-ins are welcome; all events are held in the Memorial Union.

The preconference activities are open to all ISU faculty and staff, including a 12:30 p.m. workshop with diversity, equity and social justice consultant Heather Hackman and five breakout sessions led by Iowa State staff.

Friday's conference schedule includes a keynote lecture by Barbara Love, professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Love specializes in multicultural organizational development, serving as a consultant to colleges and universities throughout the country and overseas.


Professional development preconference

Thursday, March 3
11:30 a.m., Registration opens
Noon, Welcome and introductions, Sun Room
12:30 p.m., Workshop, Heather Hackman, Hackman Consulting Group, Sun Room
4:10 p.m., Breakout sessions

  • "Difficult Discussions in the Classroom," Sun Room
  • "Fears of Difference and Understanding the Benefits of Diversity," Campanile Room
  • "Multicultural Competencies: Developing Awareness, Knowledge and Skills in Student Affairs Professionals toward an Inclusive Campus Climate," Pioneer Room
  • "Building a More Inclusive Department: A Case Study," Gold Room
  • "Diversifying STEM: Graduate Selection and Training for All Students," Cardinal Room


ISCORE schedule of events

Friday, March 4
8 a.m., Registration and continental breakfast, west lobby
9 a.m., Welcome, President Steven Leath, and opening address, Design dean Luis Rico-Gutierrez, Sun Room
10 a.m., Breakout sessions

  • "Reversing the Media: #LatinxAreNot," Campanile Room
  • "Creating and Publicizing a Diversity Plan," Cardinal Room
  • "Creating Inclusive Curriculum and Pedagogy to Facilitate Inclusive and Diverse Classroom Environments," Gallery Room
  • "Whose 'Side' Are You On? Why We Need Solidarity from Asian American/Pacific Islanders in the Fight for Racial Justice," Gold Room
  • "Stories and Strategies: Listening to Students' Voices," Oak Room
  • "Small Hurts to Substantial Pain: Understanding Microaggressions," Pioneer Room
  • "Why Does Talking about Race Suck So Much? Helping Students Understand Systemic Racism and White Privilege," Room 3512

11 a.m., Breakout sessions

  • "Black Lives Through the Lens, a Discussion on How the Media Portrays African Americans," Campanile Room
  • "Creating Inclusive Classrooms: From Good Intentions to Research-Based Best Practices," Cardinal Room
  • "The Womyn Behind the Counselor: A Panel Discussion of Transitions to a Predominantly White Institution," Gallery Room
  • "Beyond Our Screens: Yik Yak and Racism," Oak Room
  • "Fears of Difference and Understanding the Benefits of Diversity," Pioneer Room
  • "Using Inclusive Language in Leadership," Room 3512
  • "-ISMs explored through the eyes of George Washington Carver Scholars," Great Hall

Noon, Lunch and keynote address, Barbara Love, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Sun Room
2:10 p.m., Breakout sessions

  • "The Educational Experience of Native Americans at Iowa State: Past, Present and Looking Into the Future," Campanile Room
  • "CyclONE Nation -> Aggie Pride: Lessons Learned During My Staff Exchange to North Carolina A&T," Cardinal Room
  • "Real Talk: Discussing the Experiences of Minority Student-Athletes at Iowa State University," Gallery Room
  • "Unconscious Bias: Self vs. Others' Need for Conscious Introspection," Gold Room
  • "Exploring Identity through Film: A Day in the Life of an MVP Scholar," Oak Room
  • "Understanding and Reducing Implicit Bias," Great Hall
  • "-ISMs explored through the eyes of George Washington Carver Scholars," Great Hall

3:10 p.m., Breakout sessions

  • "Unraveling Sexual Stereotypes of Asian American Men and Women," Campanile Room
  • "Anyone know where I can cash in my white privilege points? Do I need a card? I keep hearing I have this, but I'm not sure where to go or how to use it," Cardinal Room
  • "Inclusive and Uncommon Leadership: Subverting a Perfectly Acceptable Student Ambassador Program," Gallery Room
  • "Microagressions, Revisited: Recognizing and Addressing Systems While Maintaining Relationships," Gold Room
  • "Men of Color: Intersections of Race/Ethnicity, Gender Role Socialization and Masculinity," Oak Room
  • "The Missing Color on the Rainbow Flag," Room 3512

4 p.m., Reception, Sun Room