Dr. Mildred Edwards, a member of the Kansas Board of Regents, shared several lessons and reviewed some Kansas History in a Tilford Lecture on the PSU campus Friday. The title of Edwards' presentation was "Empowering Communities through Education."
Edwards is the executive director of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission in Topeka. She was appointed to the Kansas Board of Regents by Gov. Mark Parkinson in 2010.
In her presentation, Edwards talked about the importance of education in transforming communities. She outlined several lessons that she illustrated with stories from black history as well as quotes from famous black Americans and she talked about her own educational experience.
Edwards, who holds three degrees from Wichita State University, said she was particularly honored to deliver the Tilford Lecture at PSU because as a student, she had the opportunity to work for the man for whom the current lecture series is named.
The PSU Tilford Group and the Tilford Lecture Series were established in 2007. The group's goals include helping students develop diversity and multicultural competencies required to live in a global world, developing a global awareness and respect for those of different cultures, fostering efforts to promote multicultural understanding and increasing awareness of industry diversity practices and policies. Dr. Edwards' lecture was the 14th in the series.
Dr. Edwards' lecture was filmed by the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology and will be available for viewing on the PSU website next week.