National Conference for Race & Ethnicity Awards Filmmaker Shakti Butler Lifetime Achievement Honor

United States – 05-31-2019 ( — Dr. Shakti Butler is the 2019 NCORE Suzan Shown Harjo Activist Award recipient for her decades of transformative and healing social justice work.


Portland, OR, The National Conference for Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE®), and World Trust Educational Services congratulate filmmaker and educator, Dr. Shakti Butler, PhD, the 2019 recipient of the Suzan Shown Harjo Activist for Systemic Social Justice Award. This lifetime achievement award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated exemplary achievements in social justice and advocacy resulting in significant positive impact to society. Considering her work with Hollywood on films like Disney’s Zootopia, or through, World Trust, the nonprofit film and social justice organization she founded, Dr. Butler’s more than two decades of transformative work has opened the hearts and minds of tens-of-millions.

“From the moment I met Shakti, many years ago at NCORE, I knew she was a social justice champion. Her documentaries are riveting, and capture insights around equity and social justice that helps us explore these issues in new and different ways, from the perspective of marginalized groups. We can learn a great deal from her personal and professional journeys.  She is so deserving of this honor.”, explains, Dr. Belinda Biscoe, NCORE Administrator and Senior Associate Vice President for University Outreach at the University of Oklahoma.

Over 5,000 organizations, from police departments to school districts, and even Hollywood studios, utilize Dr. Butler’s groundbreaking films like – Cracking the CodeHealing Justice, or Mirrors of Privilege – and their accompanying workshops and curriculum, to tackle unconscious bias and systemic racial inequity in their workplace, community and their lives. Dr. Butler, and the World Trust staff, work to heal the wounds of racism by building community and cultivating practices like, love-in-action, respect, kindness, non-judgment, compassion, and deep listening. To learn more about Dr. Shakti Butler and her work, visit

About Dr. Shakti Butler

Shakti Butler, PhD, filmmaker, Founder & President of World Trust Educational Services, is a dynamic educator in the field of diversity and racial equity.  Dr. Butler engages audiences with participatory keynotes and workshops, often using clips from her films. Known as a catalyst for change, she is hired by organizations seeking broader support for their diversity & inclusion goals.

About NCORE®

Formed in 1961, the Southwest Center is devoted to the study, understanding, and resolution of human conflict and to promoting understanding and cooperation among people of different racial, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds. One of the major programs of the Southwest Center is the Annual National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), which serves as the leading national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education. The NCORE® conference series constitutes the leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education. You can learn more about NCORE at

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