Madaí Rivera
Assistant Director of Student Engagement
Kansas State University

Areas of Interest and Expertise

  • Higher education (4-year public university)
  • Student involvement
  • Multicultural student representation
  • Advising multicultural student organizations
  • Undocumented & DACA-mented student support
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Intercultural Learning
  • Recruitment & retention

Personal Leadership Philosophy

We need one another to develop as leaders. During this development process, acceptance and appreciation of differences and commonalities is ideal. Intercultural learning is key. A leader does not shape the leadership style and convictions of others; rather, s/he provides the tools so that they develop their own. This conference provides a safe space to express your thoughts and ask the questions that you may not have asked before. It allows you to be free. Presenters often incorporate new materials, topics and change their approach during the conference to be sure participants’ needs are met and receive one-of-a-kind experience.

About Madaí

I am the first (but not the last) person in my immediate immigrant family to complete a couple of college degrees. I exercise my vote because as a US Citizen, I can be the voice of others who do not have that right. While I appreciate differences, I like exploring the things we have in common when I meet someone.