CORA (Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement) is founded in response to President Obama’s call to improve the lives of boys and men of color facing educational disparities. We are a professional educational organization committed to training faculty, staff, and administrators to enhance their skills to better serve historically underrepresented and underserved students. We provide professional development training for all educators to advance their teaching skills and enhance the learning experience of boys and college men of color with an explicit focus on racial equity in education.
Who We Are
What We Offer
CORA offers online professional development courses for school, college, and university educators, and support staff. Each course helps you understand the most common and prevalent issues students face daily in the education sector and use strategies to reduce their impact. Based on real-world experiences, these intensive online programs are best for educators and support staff who wish to improve their preparedness in mitigating the impact of racial microaggressions, unconscious bias in education, and facilitating success for historically underrepresented and underserved students.
Why Take Our Course
Our professional development certification programs are designed with extensive research based on the experiences and outcomes of historically underrepresented and underserved students. Our course can provide you with comprehensive knowledge to deal with the common misconceptions associated with historically underrepresented and underserved students and improve your interactions with them effectively. By taking our intensive online training program, you can gain insight into the prevalent issues that create barriers to success for our students.
With a collaborative learning environment and culturally relevant teaching and course materials, you can engage in meaningful change in the global field of education. As an educator, you can join our flexible online courses and learn to design and implement strategies to build relationships with historically underrepresented and underserved students and use research-based teaching and practices in the classroom. We have experienced faculty, researchers, and administrators who can provide you with the best professional teaching skills.
Training Materials & Certifications
Our training materials, books, lectures, and live video sessions are the outcome of extensive research on the disparities faced by historically underrepresented and underserved students in the education sector. Each course is approximately 15 hours and consists of 4 modules and a live video session. After completing our professional development training program, you will receive a certificate. We also offer a Certificate with 1.5 CEUs for our training programs.
The Black Lives Matter zoom sessions were all such a great resource and place to learn! Whether it was Dr. Smith sharing the framework of Racial Battle Fatigue or seeing Michael Brown Senior, it was such a great way to connect academic concepts with real world applications and context. I’m sure I will remember that experience for years to come, as it really did feel like a once in a lifetime thing.
Donna Y. Ford, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor of Education and Human Ecology and Kirwan Institute Faculty Affiliate at The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology. She is in the Educational Studies Dept., Special Education Program. She returned to OSU in Aug. 2019. Professor Ford was formerly an endowed chair at Vanderbilt University in the College of Education. Dr. Ford has been a Professor of Special Education at the Ohio State University, an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Virginia, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky.
Frank Harris III
Dr. Frank Harris III is a professor of postsecondary education and Co-Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) at San Diego State University. He is best known for his expertise in racial [in]equity in postsecondary education and has made important contributions to knowledge about college student development and the social construction of gender and race in college contexts. His work prioritizes populations that have been historically underrepresented and underserved in education.
J. Luke Wood
J. Luke Wood, Ph.D. is Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Education and Vice President for Student Affairs & Campus Diversity at San Diego State University. Formerly Wood served as Associate Vice President for Diversity and Innovation. Dr. Wood is also Co-Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL), a national research and practice center that partners with community colleges to support their capacity in advancing outcomes for men of color. He has delivered over 1,000 scholarly and conference presentations and more than 150 publications to his credit, including 15 books and 75 peer-reviewed journal articles.
Dr. Carlos Nevarez received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He is a Full Professor with the Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Executive Editor for the Journal of Transformative Leadership and Policy Studies at Sacramento State. Dr. Nevarez prior leadership experience include serving as the Interim Chair, Graduate & Professional Studies. In Addition to serving as Director of the Educational Leadership Program at Sacramento State. Dr. Nevarez has authored over thirty publications. His work is designed to be both accessible and actionable in addressing educational challenges and opportunities facing schools and colleges.
Dr. Sim Barhoum is an Associate Professor of English at San Diego Mesa College. Professor Barhoum earned his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Community College/Postsecondary Education from San Diego State University. He has taught a wide range of education courses, from high school-level to graduate-level, in a variety of teaching formats, from traditional to online. Dr. Barhoum’s research focuses on developmental pathways, barriers to underserved students, and best practices for all community college students. In particular, his contributions examine active learning, relational practices, and educational models.
George R. Boggs
George R. Boggs is President and CEO Emeritus of the American Association of Community Colleges and Superintendent/President Emeritus of Palomar College in San Marcos, California. He continues to be an active consultant, teacher, author, and speaker. He is the author of more than 100 articles, books, and chapters on various aspects of higher education. He currently teaches classes in emerging higher education issues in doctoral programs at San Diego State University and National American University.