Michael Tilford Conference

The Michael Tilford Conference provides an opportunity for faculty, staff, and administrators at Kansas Board of Regents institutions to approach diversity in higher education by examining the challenges and opportunities in Kansas including:

  • Inspire awareness of multiple dimensions of diversity, related practices of inclusion, and the transformation of higher education in Kansas.
  • Participate in workshops to learn about challenges and strategies for teaching diverse populations on Kansas campuses.
  • Share your passion for teaching and interacting with students from all backgrounds.

Goals of the conference include:

  • Listening to visionary leaders who will inspire you to promote equity and awareness at your institution.
  • Participating in workshops to learn about challenges teaching diverse populations on Kansas campuses.
  • Sharing your passion for teaching and interacting with students regardless of race, gender, religion and national origin.

Archives

2016 - CULTIVATING SUCCESS: Why Belonging Matters
hosted by Pittsburg State University

“The Struggle is Real: Staying Right Side Up When Things Are Turned Upside Down”
Dr. Marche Fleming-Randle
Assistant to the President for Diversity and Senior Assistant Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wichita State University

Welcome and Introductions & "Cultivating Success: Why Belonging Really Matters"
Dr. Terrell Strayhorn
The Ohio State University

"Cultivating Success, Navigating Culture: 3 Key Insights"
Dr. Terrell Strayhorn
The Ohio State University

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2015 - Culturally Responsive Strategies to Champion Diversity
hosted by Pittsburg State University

“Breaking the glass ceiling: It’s all about excellence!”
Dr. Mirta M. Martin
President, Fort Hays State University

Difference Matters and Pedagogy
Dr. Brenda J. Allen
Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Communication, University of Colorado Denver

Plenary Session: Transform Teaching and Learning by Unpacking Privilege
Dr. Brenda J. Allen
Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Communication, University of Colorado Denver

Luncheon Presentation: Best Practices in the Recruitment of Historically Under-represented Students
Dr. Myra Gordon
Associate Provost for Diversity, Kansas State University


2014 - Diversity Practices: Transforming Curriculum & Campus Life

hosted by Emporia State University

“A Catalyst for Inclusion, Transformation, and Courageous Leadership”
Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace
Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Missouri

"Multicultural Curriculum Transformation: Practical Design & Implementation"
Dr. Bill Howe, program manager for culturally responsive education, multicultural education, bullying & harassment, gender equity and civil rights at the Connecticut State Department of Education. He is also an adjunct professor of education at the University of Connecticut, Albertus Magnus College and Quinnipiac University. He is Chair of the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission and Past President of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME).

"Using Constructivist Listening Skills to Manage Difficult Conversations"
Dr. Bill Howe, program manager for culturally responsive education, multicultural education, bullying & harassment, gender equity and civil rights at the Connecticut State Department of Education. He is also an adjunct professor of education at the University of Connecticut, Albertus Magnus College and Quinnipiac University. He is Chair of the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission and Past President of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME).


2013 - Embracing Diversity through Shared Experience

hosted by Emporia State University

"An Evening with Carman Agra Deedy"
Carman Agra Deedy an internationally known, award-winning children’s author, storyteller, and radio contributor, who has been featured on The American Library Association, Refugees Inter’l, The International Reading Association, Columbia University, and The Smithsonian Institute, TED, The National Book Festival, and the Kennedy Center.

"Diversity, Equity and Student Success: Critical Questions, Promising Strategies" (pdf)
Tia Brown McNair
Senior Director for Student Success in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at Association of American Colleges and Universities


2012 - Creating A Culturally Competent Campus
hosted by Kansas State University

“Leading Change in the College Curriculum: A Tribute to Tilford Initiatives in the State of Kansas”
Irving P. McPhail
Executive Director, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering

“Defining and Assessing Cultural Competency: Models, Methods & Minefields”
Loreto R. Prieto
Director, U.S. Latino/a Studies Program, Iowa State University

“Think Differently: Creating a Culturally Competent Community”
Dr. Wm. Gregory Sawyer
Vice President for the Student Affairs at California State University Channel Islands


2011 - Pathways to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Climate
hosted by Kansas State University

“Achieving Sustainable and Authentic Inclusive Excellence in Higher Education: Mining Campus Climates as Venues of Hope and Resistance”
Dr. Juan Muñoz
Vice President for Institution Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement; and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs, Texas Tech University

“Creating an Inclusive College Campus”
Dr. Roger Worthington
Professor of Education, University of Missouri, and editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education

“Practice Exercise: Rising Above Cognitive Errors to Improve Campus and Department Climates”
Dr. JoAnn Moody
Faculty Development and Diversity Consultant


2010 - The Power of Diversity in Action
hosted by University of Kansas

“Diversity as a Core Strategy for Institutional Transformation”
Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barcelo
President, Northern New Mexico College


2009 - Diversity in Action: Strategizing to Move Ideas into Implementation
hosted by University of Kansas

“Expanding Excellence; Inclusiveness and Student Success: Implications for Practice”
Jillian Kinzie, Ph.D
Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research & National Survey Student Engagement Institute


2008 - Changing Demographics: Is Kansas Ready?
hosted by Wichita State University

“Diverse Constituencies: How changing demographics impact our efforts to attract, enroll & keep the students who are the future of our state.”
Ronald L. Morris
Director, Admissions Research and Training, at the National Research Center for College & University Admissions

“Responding to the Winds of Change: Preparing Tomorrow’s Diverse Campus.”
Brian K. Bridges, Ph.D.
Associate Director of the Center for Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity for the American Council on Education (ACE)


2007 - Multicultural Curriculum Transformation: Making it Happen
hosted by Wichita State University

“Multicultural Curriculum Transformation as well as Specific Examples of What is Working at Various Institutions Across the Country”
Dr. Debra Humphreys
Vice President for Communications & Public Affairs, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

 

This conference is named in memory of the late Dr. Michael Tilford, who passed away on November 6, 1996. Dr. Tilford was the Wichita State University representative on the Regents Diversity and Multiculturalism Committee from its onset in 1994 until his death. In 1969, Dr. Tilford was one of 100 African-American educators from across the country who received Ford Foundation Grants for advanced graduate study. He received his doctorate from Oklahoma State University in 1970. Dr. Tilford also had a bachelor's degree from Langston University in mathematics/chemistry and a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University in science education. He was appointed Dean of the Graduate School of WSU in 1988 and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1994. Dr. Tilford chaired many organizations, and his committee work showed his commitment to the education of students traditionally underrepresented at the university level. In the 1970s, he served on a committee that developed a successful proposal for the minority studies program. Also, he helped conduct a study of the institutional commitment to minorities at WSU.