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June 6, 2023

Save the date: 2023 Tilford Conference on Diversity and Multiculturalism

Submitted by Debra J Bolton

Save the date flyer

Save the dates, Oct. 5-6, for the annual Michael Tilford Conference on Diversity and Multiculturalism hosted by Washburn University in Topeka. The theme: "Living into Brown: Staying the Course Toward Inclusion and Belonging."

The conference provides an opportunity for those involved in education, in collaboration with community, corporate, and business leaders to examine historical exclusions in education and business. We discuss the challenges and opportunities to inspire multiple dimensions of diversity to get people to think beyond the social construct of race, beyond national origins and beyond cultures to transform educational, social, employment and other community spaces.

Participants can learn from a variety of scholars and practitioners who offer strategies for learning about personal biases that contribute to exclusionary practices, policies and behaviors. Presenters will share their passions for teaching and interacting with students and colleagues from all backgrounds, geographies, and cultural practices. Come explore how these strategies and practices translate into education, business, and broader communities.
The 2023 keynote and plenary sessions include Chery Brown Henderson, part of the suit against the state board of education. Brown is the founding president of the Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence, and Research. Brown will be introduced by the Honorable Mike Padilla, mayor, city of Topeka.

Other speakers include JuliAnn Mazachek, president, Washburn University; Blake Flanders, president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents; and Sara Deer, Esq., Muscogee Creek Nation, University of Kansas distinguished professor and MacArthur Fellow, who will speak on moving toward Native visibility and equality.

For more information and to register, visit the website