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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

2017 - 2018 Tilford Group | Bottom row: Ananda Jayawardhana, Mark Johnson and Heather Eckstein. Second row: Howard Smith, Cebrail Karayigit, Cindy Johnson. Third row: Christopher Anderson, Jorge Leon, Melinda Rolfs, Donna Sue Pintar. Fourth row: Leo Hudson, Susan Schreiner, Lindsey Taggart. Fifth row: Harold Wallace III, Sandra Cox, Deatrea Rose, Dory Quinn. Sixth row: Barbara Bonnekesson, Kristen Humphrey. Top row: Jason Kegler, Mary Mercer, Harriet Bachner. Photo Credit: Paige Bowman

Fall 2012-Spring 2013

October 3, 2012
Panel: Tilford Group Panel for Faculty and Staff:  'How to Talk about Diversity with Colleagues, Students, and in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Discussion'.
    Please join us for a lively panel discussion with faculty and staff from across the PSU campus. The panel members include: David Adams, Harriet Bachner, Leo Hudson, & Randy Winzer. 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.
   This panel discussion will be on Wednesday, October 3, 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the Sunflower Room at the Overman Student Center.

October 9, 2012
Event: Safe Zone Workshop for Faculty and Staff will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9th from 3pm - 5:30pm, Overman Student Center.
    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.

October 22, 2012
Event: "Inside Out."  Oct. 22 at 6pm, U-club Overman Student Center"
Highly recognized as a premier artist in the Christian Contemporary Music genre, Jennifer Knapp chose to confront long-held speculation with a very public “coming out” in 2010. From interviews with CNN, The Advocate & Christianity Today, to countless Internet blogs and a featured appearance on Larry King Live, the main question on everybody’s lips was: “Can you be Gay and Christian?”

Under heavy scrutiny, Jennifer has unashamedly claimed her faith and her sexual orientation with astonishing straightforwardness and honesty. Her candor and compassion have led to overwhelming appeals for her to engage the challenging issue of LGBT inclusion and affirmation in religious communities. In an effort to continue to create a positive and constructive dialogue on behalf of LGBT people of faith Jennifer is now presenting Inside Out Faith. Having experienced, first hand, the devastating effects of rejection and judgment, Jennifer knows full well the challenges of being “out” in certain faith communities. However, it is in the sharing of her journey through story, music and conversation that she has discovered the healing that comes from breaking the silence.

October 29-30, 2012
Tilford Conference 2012
2012 Tilford Conference on Diversity and Multiculturalism will be held on October 29-30 at Kansas State University. Please mark your calendars. Online registration site is not ready yet!
Free registration and free transportation on 30th.
Featured speakers are listed at the following link.

Learn more or register at

November 8, 2012
Event: BafaBafa cross cultural simulation on Nov.. 8 from 2:30 to 4:30 in the Governor's and Heritage rooms in the OSC facilitated by Grant Moss and Harriet Bachner, assisted by Cathy Lee Arcuino and Gwen Murdock. We can accommodate 10 to 15 more people in this simulation. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn how to conduct this fun cross cultural learning experience and to help your students extend their understanding about the complexity of integrating into a different culture.

January 23, 2013
Speaker: Precious Porras, "Discover Your Identities: How to be an Ally for your Students" 12:00pm-1:00pm, Governor's Room. Social justice allies work toward creating a fair and equitable society for all. Exploring your individual identities is an important part in becoming a social justice ally. In this program, we will explore how understanding yourself can help develop your competence as an ally, thereby creating a safe space for student success.
Co-sponsored by the Campus Activities Center
(Presentation || Strategies Handout || Matrix of Oppression Handout)

February 4th, 2013
Event: XPLICIT The Poet. 7:00pm, U-Club. Life experience is the inspiration for Brandon Xplicit’s poetry, which includes themes such as financial responsibility, credit cards, family and relationship struggles, responsible college living, and Black history. A former college math instructor, Xplicit still has a passion for education, and he has performed on hundreds of college campuses across the U.S.
Co-sponsored by the Tilford Group, the Office of Student Diversity and the PSU Black Student Association

February 19th, 2013
Event: SGA Diversity Roundtables. 10:00am-2:30pm, Governor's Room. Engage in discussions with other students pertaining to topics on Race, Spirituality/Religion, Sexual Orientation, Veteran Status, Disability and more. This is a "come and go" event, so please show up anytime.
Open to all students.  Faculty are welcome to bring their class to this event.

March 20th, 2013
Event: First Generation Students Webinar. 1:00pm-2:30pm, Sunflower Room. Join our expert presenter – a first-generation student herself - to learn new information on the next and promising practices to serve your first-generation student population. During this interactive webinar, you'll learn: The characteristics and specifics of first-generation students and why the first-generation student population is increasing, challenges commonly faced by first-generation students on campus, ways to assist first-generation students as they face academic, financial, emotional and cultural challenges on campus, preparing first generation students for study abroad, finding internships and applying to graduate school, and the many strengths that first-generation students bring with them to campus and how to use those assets throughout your campus community. 
Open to PSU Faculty 

March 27th, 2013
Presentation: Moving Beyond the Yellow Brick Road to Reach Cultural Competence. 3:00pm, Sunflower Room. This presentation includes activities that will enrich participants’ appreciation for diverse worldviews. Through a combination of didactic presentation, activities, and discussion to enhance cultural competence, participants will explore practices and questions relating to their own roadblocks and identify sources of misinterpretation that may happen in interactions with students and colleagues. Strategies for advocacy, mentoring, and becoming an ally with diverse students are explored.
Open to PSU Faculty

April 19th, 2013
Event: The Tilford Group will sponsor a Live webinar panel discussion with a group of parents of children with disabilities. Students and faculty are invited to attend for the entire two hour session, or any portion of the session. The purpose of the webinar is to learn how professionals such as teachers, employers, and friends can best support persons with disabilities in education and the workplace, in order to utilize the important strengths and abilities of this population. 

April 22nd, 2013
Panel: Student Veteran Panel. 3:00pm, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. During this panel, current Pitt State student Veterans will discuss their experience as student veterans, challenges they face and how the Pitt State community can support student veterans.  The last portion of the panel discussion will be dedicated to Question & Answer.
Sponsored by The Tilford Group, this event is free and open to the public

April 25th, 2013 
Activity: Bafa Bafa. 12:00pm-2:00pm, KTC room S102. A cross-cultural communication exercise that initiates immediate, personal change. This simulation makes participants personally aware of the issues around culture differences. Participants feel the alienation and confusion that comes from being different.
Co-sponsored by International Programs and Services, open to PSU Faculty and Staff

April 30th, 2013
Event: Safe Zone Training. 3:00pm-5:00pm. 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. Limited seats are available. Please contact David Adams at to receive information about the location of this event.
Open to PSU Faculty and Staff 

Upcoming Events for Spring 2013

Galen Abdur-Razzaq, World Renowned Flautist/Lecturer

Women's History Month Events

Poverty Simulation