Dillon Tyler currently works for the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, housed in the Sit-In landmark Woolworth's building, and a leading site on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail and an International Site of Conscience. As part of the interpretive staff, Dillon takes a leading role in Museum operations as Tour Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. Aiding in a wide variety of areas, he has served the Museum in increasing the efficiency of fundraising, outreach, operations, exhibit design, bookkeeping, and community engagement. Seeking to expand the Museum's message of civil and human rights education and progressive enlightenment, Dillon has actively worked with several government officials, nonprofit leaders, and change makers, enjoying personal connections with former and current politicians including Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Beto O'Rourke, Ted Budd, and a number of local, county, and state politicians.
As a victim of a 2006 school shooting which occurred at Orange High School in Hillsborough, Dillon has also broadened his work to include mitigating gun violence. In 2018, Dillon organized and hosted the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum — along with original Sit-In participants from 1960 — to collaborate and discuss intergenerational tactics used to create non-violent change. His work also took him to New York City, where he was invited to speak at a non-violence summit on Staten Island.
Dillon is a native of Durham, North Carolina. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2016, where he also presided as his graduating class' Tassel Turner. As a student leader, Dillon was active in several organizations, including the Student Government Association (as Senator and President Pro Tempore), and Dean of Students Office Conduct Team. Dillon also enjoyed working for the Walt Disney Company in a college internship program. After graduation, he turned his eye to public service in a larger domain, where he served as a member of the North Carolina Democratic Party's State Executive Committee, Guilford County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, and UNC-Greensboro Spartan Legislative Network.
In his spare time, Dillon enjoys writing and acting. His stories and projects have been featured in local news publications, The Guardian, and The New York Times.