The Tilford Group

Welcome to the Tilford Group

Pittsburg State University’s Tilford Group formed April 27, 2007, in response to the first Michael Tilford Conference on Diversity and Multiculturalism, named in honor of the late Dean of the Graduate School at Wichita State University. Our nascent organization quickly found an advocate in Dr. Steve Scott, then Provost now President of the University. Provost Dr. Howard Smith continues the tradition of providing fiscal and administrative support.

Composed of volunteers from among faculty, staff and administration, Tilford Group members actively and cooperatively initiate efforts to attract speakers, to present panels, to coordinate workshops and to produce academic and cultural events dedicated to reflecting our commitment to diversity and multiculturalism. Specific initiatives may be viewed in our Activities, Events, and Speakers page.

Tilford group photo 2017

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

Mission Statement

As volunteers, we members of the Pittsburg State University Tilford Group seek to:

  • Uphold the high ideals personified by Professor Tilford;
  • Recognize, promote, respect and appreciate diversity and multiculturalism in our community both local and global; and,
  • Educate faculty, staff, students and citizens to accept diversity and multiculturalism in its many and varied forms while developing economic, practical and social competencies enabling each of us to live a productive, successful life.
  • Meetings
  • The Michael Tilford Conference on Diversity and Multiculturalism
  • READ - Readings for Empowerment and Diversity
  • Upcoming Events
  • Contact Us

Meetings for 2020 - 2021 

Currently, virtual meetings will be hosted on Zoom. Doodle links are used to identify best available times for meeting. Once dates and time are announced, zoom links will be e-mailed OR found inside Canvas page.  

  • September 8th 2020 at 3 pm via Zoom - (Canvas for zoom info)  

  • October 6th at 2 pm via Zoom - (Canvas for Zoom info)

  • November 9th 2020 via Zoom - (Canvas for Zoom info) 

  • December - TBA 

  • Spring Semester - TBA 


 Tilford Canvas Group: in our Canvas Group:


Tilford logo


The 2020 Tilford Conference on Diversity and Multiculturalism was cancelled.

Work will soon begin on the 2021 Tilford Conference. It is scheduled to take place at KU.

Tilford Readings for Empowerment and Diversity - A Tilford sponsored campus reader program.


Virtual Brown Bag lunch -

11/10/2020 at 12 pm. Post-Election Decompress: Moving Forward. 

Details ( Meeting ID 921 1911 4840 ) 

Regardless of election outcomes we know anxiety and tensions are running high. Collectively we need to determine how to move forward. The purpose of this brown bag is to provide a historical perspective of post-elections and a personal/mental perspective about managing stress and personal health post-election.

Dr. Chris Childers, Associate Professor of History/US Political History, and Ms. Sally Pullman-Rinkel, University Counselor - Bryant Health Center, will help guide the conversation. The rest of the format is open discussion, Q&A, and resource sharing. This session is meant to be a respectful and safe virtual space open to all faculty, staff, and administrators. 

Jorge León
Phone 620.235.4892

Marcus Daczewitz

Jason Reid

Jessica Jorgenson Borchert

Tilford E-mail:

 Tilford Canvas Group: in our Canvas Group:


  • Tilford Group Officers
  • Tilford Group Members
  • Meeting Minutes

President, President Elect, Secretary, Treasurer

Dory Quinn, Jorge León Jr., Susan Carlson, Ananda Jayawardhana

Kristin Humphrey, Dory Quinn, Susan Carlson, Jorge León jr.

Sandra Cox, Kristin Humphrey, Dory Quinn, Jorge León Jr.

Deatrea Rose, Sandra Cox, Dory Quinn, Jorge León Jr.

Susan Schreiner, Deatrea Rose, Tami Hennigh, Jorge León Jr.

Deatrea Rose, Susan Schreiner, Meagan Smejdir, Ananda Jayawardhana

Leo Hudson, Deatrea Rose, Megan Corrigan, Ananda Jayawardhana

David Adams, Leo Hudson, Harriet Bachner, Ananda Jayawardhana

Harriet Bachner, David Adams, John Franklin, Ananda Jayawardhana

John Franklin, Harriet Bachner

Roy Janisch, John Franklin

Mark Johnson, Roy Janisch

Ananda Jayawardhana, Mark Johnson

Harriet Bachner
Barbara Bonnekessen
Susan Carlson
Sunghee Choi
Dan Ferguson
John Franklin
Stephanie Gonzalez
Maria Grothaus
Jenny Hellwig
Tami Hennigh
Dick Herling
Kristen Humphrey
Ananda Jayawardhana
Cindy Johnson
Mark Johnson
Pawan Kahol
Jason Kegler
Jorge León
Patricia Lindley
Kristen Livingston
James McAfee
Jamie McDaniel
Cliff Morris
Grant Moss
Hermann Nonnenmacher
Lynette Olson
Donna Sue Pintar
Joey Pogue
Dory Quinn
Melinda Roelfs
Eric Rojas
Deatrea Rose
Phil Rudd
Brian Sanford
Regan Slater
Cindy Smith
Benjamin Tayo
Lee Young
Laura Lee Washburn
Randy Winzer

Meeting Minutes


February 06, 2020
November 11, 2019
October 15, 2019
September 13, 2019
May 08, 2019
March 07, 2019
February 14, 2019
October 04, 2018
August 31, 2018

January 23, 2018
September 6, 2017

March 31, 2017

February 24, 2017

January 27, 2017
December 1, 2016
October 20, 2016
September 8, 2016
April 18, 2016
March 21, 2016
February 15, 2016
November 11, 2015
October 14, 2015
September 9, 2015
August 26, 2015
February 19, 2015
January 22, 2015
November 6, 2014
October 9, 2014
September 4, 2014
May 1, 2014
April 3, 2014
March 6, 2014
February 6, 2014
January 23, 2014
December 5, 2013
November 7, 2013
October 3, 2013
September 5, 2013
April 2, 2013
March 5, 2013
February 5, 2013
January 22, 2013
December 4, 2012
November 6, 2012
October 2, 2012
September 4, 2012
May 2nd, 2012 
March 28th, 2012
January 25th, 2012 
November 11, 2011
September 13, 2011
August 26, 2011
April 19, 2011