10 students holding a range of identities sit in a circle discussing.

Student Caucus at WisCORE 2022

The first WisCORE took place in January of 2020 as a response to a student’s request to hold a conference similar to the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE) to bring together students, staff, and faculty of color and allies in Wisconsin to discuss strategies for closing persistent success gaps. The conference was created with and for students with the intention of including their voices in system-wide discussions around diversity, equity, and inclusion for to support student and employee success.  

Each year all WTCS colleges are invited to bring a team of 10 individuals from their college. College teams are made up of 5 students and 5 employees from the college to achieve the WisCORE goal of bringing students and employees together to increase equity and inclusion across the system.


  • Include students in WTCS conversations regarding equity and inclusion in order to improve student success outcomes.


WisCORE panel of students and staff of color

Student and Staff Panel from WisCORE 2020

  • Create a system-wide network of students and employees dedicated to closing gaps in student and employee success metrics
  • Build capacity and accountability around institutional responsibility for student and employee success
  • Gain tools to:
    • Create more inclusive campuses for students and employees
    • Be an effective leader while practicing self-care
    • Navigate difficult spaces
    • Amplify the voices and experiences of minoritized students, employees, and community members


Hear from our student planning committee members

Student Perspective on WisCORE

New for 2023, join our WisCORE Encore Sessions

Wiscore NWTC Green Bay 2023 Encore Sessions

  In response to student feedback, WisCORE breakout session leaders will provide an online encore presentation of the sessions the provided at the conference for the WTCS community. One Encore session will be held each month from February- May 2024.

Thursday, February 1st 11am-12pm:

What Colleges Can Do To Help Justice Involved Students Transition with Hope?

Self-sabotage in education can be both unintentional and intentional. This struggle is often driven by anxiety and /or a lack of self-confidence. This session will discuss the self-sabotaging mind of formerly incarcerated individuals and what colleges can do to support justice-involved students to Transition With Hope!

Kimberlee McGeshick (NATC Student) & Lenard Simpson (WTCS Education Director, Justice Involved Populations)

Session PowerPoint

Monday, March 4th 12pm-1:15pm:

What’s in a Deadname? Creating Inclusive Campuses for Queer Students

While there is a need to have legal documents signed with a Legal Name, communications, rosters, earned certifications, and student identification should ultimately serve as inclusive spaces for students to express and be in alignment with their gender, cultural, social, and personal identities. In this session, we will then present data gathered from all 16 WTCS schools regarding their policies, or lack thereof, for Preferred Names. Finally, we will discuss potential solutions for WTCS policy revisions and initiatives that could make college campuses more inclusive.

Joey Flaig (NWTC Student) & Kai Brito (Madison College Student)


Friday, April 5th, 12pm-1pm:

Applying Equity Strategies in the Classroom

It is important to practice equity strategies in the classroom, so faculty have the best opportunity to create an academically successful environment for most. This session will discuss aspects of equity, and topics will include, but are not limited to, assignments, syllabus, and policies. Student participants will also find this session valuable and will leave understanding what an equity minded classroom environment looks like.

Sherry Simmons (WCTC Chief Diversity & Compliance Officer) & Dennis Jackson (WCTC Director, Cultural Engagement & Compliance)

Session PowerPoint

Monday, May 6th, 12pm-1:15pm:

Allyship: A Deeper Dialogue

How does allyship show up in your work? How can we work to be better allies for students, colleagues, and our community? What challenges might we face on our allyship journeys? This session will offer a facilitation model of how we can promote effective dialogue about difficult or controversial topics. This means that as we seek answers to questions about allyship, we also hope to offer some structures that students and staff can emulate in their own practice.

Libby Jacobs (NWTC Project manager, Equity programming and Evaluation) & Bob VanSchyndel (NWTC Talent Strategy Consultant- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)


See photos from previous WisCORE events

Check out college action plans from WisCORE 2023