Pitt State hosted a conference Oct. 19-20 designed to help universities in the Kansas Board of Regents system address issues of diversity in more effective ways. The theme for the 2015 Michael Tilford Conference was “Diversity Practices: Culturally responsive strategies to champion diversity.”

In addition to keynote addresses and workshops, the Tilford Conference provided opportunities for participants to learn from each other

In addition to keynote addresses and workshops, the Tilford Conference provided opportunities for participants to learn from each other

Faculty, staff and administrators from throughout the Regents system participated in workshops and listened to speakers who talked about the challenges Kansas universities face in teaching diverse populations on their campuses.
Keynote speakers for the conference included Mirta M. Martin, president of Fort Hays State University; Brenda J. Allen, associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Colorado, Denver; and Myra Gordon, associate provost for diversity at Kansas State University.
Participants chose from a variety of workshops on topics like building stronger recruitment and retention efforts, using culturally responsive reading selections, implicit racial bias and best practices for increasing the STEM pipeline.