The Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity (JCSCORE) is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal launched in 2015 by the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), a production of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies at the University of Oklahoma Outreach. JCSCORE promotes an exchange of ideas that can transform lives, enhance learning, and improve human relations in higher education. It explores and examines interactions from interdisciplinary perspectives and reports on the status, needs, and direction of human relations studies affected by race, ethnicity and sovereignty in higher education policy, practice, and theory. JCSCORE accepts manuscripts on a rolling basis.


The journal’s launch was led by Dr. Belinda Biscoe, Senior Associate Vice President for University Outreach at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Bruce Busby, retired professor and administrator from St. Cloud State University, and Dr. Cristobal Salinas Jr., assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University. Together, Drs. Biscoe, Busby, and Salinas formed the journal’s founding editorial board.  In August 2017, Dr. Jane Irungu joined the SWCHRS as executive director. 

In 2017, the editorial board of JCSCORE received the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Commission for Social Justice Educators (CSJE) Outstanding Social Justice Collaboration Award.

In 2018, OU Outreach initiated a formal relationship with OU Libraries to migrate the journal to the Open Journal System & Public Knowledge Project platform. This new platform institutionalized the journal and increased access, positioning it as a leader in the discussion on how to improve campuses across the country. The new JCSCORE submission platform was revealed at NCORE 2019 in Portland, OR.

In recognition for their hard work in publishing the journal, in February 2019, Dr. Salinas was appointed co-editor-in-chief and Ajia Meux, Communications and Project Manager for SWCHRS, was appointed managing editor of JCSCORE.

Open Access Statement

JCSCORE provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. All content in JCSCORE is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

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