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Tilford Contact Info

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

Phone: 620-235-6584

First Meeting to establish the Tilford Group at PSU on April 27, 2007

Fall 2016-Spring 2017

October 24-25, 2016
Event: 2016 Michael Tilford Conference on Diversity and Multiculturalism
The 2016 Tilford Conference on Diversity and Multiculturalism will be held on October 24-25, 2016 at Pittsburg State University. This year's Theme is "Cultivating Success: Why Belonging Matters." Keynote Speakers: Dr. Marche Fleming-Randle, Wichita State University and Dr. Terrell Lamont Strayhorn, Ohio State University.
(Conference Website | Program | Videos of Speakers and Performances)

September 15 - October 15, 2016
Event: Hispanic Heritage Month

September 20, 2016
Speaker: Julia Garcia (Hispanic Heritage Month event)
Garcia, who grew up in a divided home with grandparents who immigrated illegally to the U.S., saw firsthand the perceived limitations and barriers that those struggling to create a better life for themselves and their families face. In 2009, Garcia co-founded, a motivational speaking group that combines motivational speaking with the creative arts, such as theater and spoken-word poetry. At the age of 24, she published her first book, “Somewhere In Between.”
Julia Garcia Poster

November 2016
Event: Native American Heritage Month

Event: Presentation of the film, The Cherokee Word for Water, an award-winning film inspired by the true story of the Bell Waterline Project. It tells the story of a rural Cherokee community's struggle against long odds to bring running water to their families by using the traditional concept of "gadugi," or working together to solve a problem. Time and date to be announced.
Co-Sponsored with the Tilford Group, the Student Alliance for Gender Equality (SAGE), and the Native American Student Association (NASA). 
The Cherokee Word for Water

Event: Planned is a reading and discussion group for Native American Heritage Month based on selections from an anthology of writings by contemporary indigenous women, called Every Day is a Good Day. The group will meet once a week in November and members will volunteer to participate in a panel discussion following the screening for the film, The Cherokee Word for Water. Time and date to be announced.
Co-Sponsored by the Tilford Group, the English Club, the Student Alliance for Gender Equality (SAGE), and the Native American Students Association (NASA).
every day is a good day

February 2017
Event: Black History Month
Black History Month Poster

February 2, 2017
Event: Gospel Explosion (Black History Month event)
Enjoy a night of Praise and worship as the Black Student Association kicks off Black History Month with our 2nd Annual Gospel Explosion!
Gospel Explosion

February 6, 2017
Event: From the Streets to the Stage (Black History Month event)
A product of a one night stand, abused in foster home after foster home, and raised sleeping in parks were just a few of the daunting obstacles in Monti’s journey from the streets to the stage. This is an interactive presentation, designed to help students gain the problem solving skills needed to be successful, both inside and outside of the classroom. Through crowd participation, story telling, and poetry, students will be engaged, encouraged, and empowered to make it from the streets of their minds, to the stage of their dreams.
Monti Washinton

February 9, 2017
Event: Diversity Brown Bag (Black History Month event)
"How to Conduct a Civil Debate" with guest speaker Dr. Joey Pogue
The Office of Student Diversity and the Tilford Group will be hosting a Diversity Brown bag on Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Meadowlark Room located in the Overman Student Center. Purchase your lunch in the student center and join us as we discuss Cross Cultural Communication.  With our increasingly globalized society, communicating across cultures is something many of us do every day, yet we may not always recognize the underlying nuances that impact its effectiveness.

March 2017
Event: Women's History Month

Event: Planned is a showing of the film, Girl Rising, which tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting an education, they're able to break barriers and create change.  Time and date to be announced.
Co-Sponsored by the Tilford Group and the Student Alliance for Gender Equality (SAGE). 
girl rising