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Tilford Contact Info

Dory Quinn, Secretary
Tilford Group
218A Russ Hall
Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg KS 66762

Phone: 620-235-6584

Fall 2011-Spring 2012

September 12, 2011
Speaker: Michael Reyes, Hispanic Heritage Month Speaker, has brought innovative and engaging performance to audiences across America and internationally! Reyes is a Chicano /Mexicano poet, emcee, actor, playwright, artist and community organizer (specializing in youth development).  Monday, September 12, 8pm, Grubbs Hall Room 107.  (Co-sponsored with Office of Student Diversity)
Event open to the public

September 19, 2011
Speaker: Daniel Wildcat  Daniel Wildcat, Director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studi (HERS) Center and Director of the American Indian Studies Program at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas,will speak on our campus Monday,September 19, 2pm, Grubbs Hall Room 109. His topic is "Diversity:  An Issue of Life Enhancement for the Planet."
Event open to the public
( Daniel Wildcat Lecture Brief || Poster || Lecture Video || Lecture Photo )

October 24-25, 2011
Tilford Conference 2011 (6.30-8.15pm)
Featured Presentation: Achieving Sustainable and AuthenticInclusive Excellence in Higher Education:Mining Campus Climates as Venues of Hope and Resistance, Dr. Juan Muñoz, Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement andVice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs, Texas Tech University
(Tilford Conference 2011 Brochure || October 24 evening presentation Video)

January 27, 2012
Event: Safe Zone Workshop will be held on Friday, Jan. 27th from 12pm - 2:30pm, Hartman Hall room 332A for any faculty and staff at Pitt State.
The purpose of the “Safe Zone” training is to reduce homophobia and heterosexism on the Pittsburg State campus and in the Pittsburg community. Training students, staff, faculty, and community members (Allies) to serve as resources on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) issues hopefully will enhance the quality of support to anyone who is dealing with LGBTI identity issues. The overall mission of this training is to raise awareness of LGBTI concerns and pledge a commitment to foster an environment on campus that is devoid of discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation, sexual identity, or gender identity.
For additional information, please email David Adams, Assistant Director for Campus Activities, at
The Safe Zone Workshop is sponsored by the Tilford Group at PSU.

Feburary 13, 2012
Event:Spoken Word (poetry reading) 6 to 10 Pm at the U-Club in the Student Center
(Co-sponsored with Office of Student Diversity)
Event open to the public

Feburary 22, 2012
Pecha-kucha nights originated in Amsterdam when young architect Klien Dytham created the concept of a free flow exchange of ideas in a public setting. Since that first PKN event more than 360 cities around the globe have been hosting these fun filled evenings around the world. Tel Aviv just hosted one in which 6,000 people attended. Toykyo Japan has more than 80 night clubs that host these events.

Simply put, it is all about telling a story. You put together a set of 20 slides (pictures, photos, models, etc without bullet points or hyperlinks). Then you tell your story as these slides progress every 20 seconds. Thus you have 6 minutes and 40 seconds to tell your story. There is no stalling on a slide, or waiting for something to load, the slides continue to move forward every 20 seconds.

Pittsburg State became a licensed site for PKNs January 2011. The event on Feb 22 in the U club of the Overman Center will our 4th event held in Pittsburg. We will have approximately 10-15 presenters, including faculty, students, staff, and community members telling a wide range of stories, from their trips abroad, to research projects, to hobbies and interests. We will present half of these stories, enjoy some refreshments, then hear the rest of the stories. We welcome all of you to come and take part in this historic event and perhaps consider sharing your story at another event this year.

Come check out what thousands around the world are seeing and enjoying first hand. See PowerPoint presentations done in a way you may never have experienced, and perhaps pick up some ideas for the future.

Pecha-kucha is pronounced pa-cho-ku-cha or Peh-cha ku-cha
Event is open to the public

February 29, 2012
Panel:  How to Talk about Diversity with Colleagues, Students, and in the Classroom:  Strategies for Effective Discussion is scheduled for Wednesday, February 29 at 2:00pm in The Center for Teaching and Learning.

Please join us for a panel discussion with faculty and staff from across the PSU campus. We will be discussing ways to share, promote, begin, and manage discussion about diversity issues, some of which may be challenging, sensitive, or difficult. The panel members will share some of their ideas that have been helpful in promoting discussion about diversity among colleagues, students, and in the classroom. There will be time for your questions and sharing of your ideas. Panel members include: David Adams, Harriet Bachner, Leo Hudson, Kristen Humphrey,  Kristen Maceli,  and Randy Winzer.

For more information, please contact Harriet Bachner at ext. 4633 or
This panel is sponsored by the Tilford Group at PSU.

March 06, 2012
Panel: The Tilford Group's Second Campus Panel on Diversity in the PSU Classroom: Student's Perspectives is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6, 2012, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, room 332a Hartman Hall.  The Barnes and Noble PSU Campus Bookstore will provide door prizes: one $100 gift certificate and two $50 gift certificates.  The moderator for the panel will be Deatrea Rose.

Only PSU Faculty and Staff are invited to attend this event.

April 20, 2012
Tilford Lecture: The Tilford Group of Pittsburg State University presents: Lee Jones on Friday, April 20 in 109 Grubbs Hall, 3 PM
A person with dreams and a person with Down syndrome, Lee Jones does not believe that words like “reasonable expectations” should stand in anyone’s way.  He has presented at Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Hospital, the University of Kansas Beach Center on Disabilities and the National Down Syndrome Congress annual conference.

April 24, 2012
Workshop: The Tilford Group of Pittsburg State University Sponsors Finding Leadership & Employing Advocacy on Tuesday, April24, 2012 in the Governor's Room. (Poster)
The workshop will touch on the following areas (especially the last one);

  • understand the power of inclusion
  • Learning Leadership "when you haven't done anything yet."
  • Promoting advocacy when you are the only one in the room.
  • Provide examples of leadership that defy traditional norms
  • Engage and educate about immigration and other underrepresented populations