Each Fall, the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement hosts the Celebrate Diversity Awards Banquet to recognize those within the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities who exemplify Inclusive Excellence. Additionally, the recipients of the Senator Robert L. Duncan Community Champion Award are recognized.
This year’s banquet will be held on Wednesday, October 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center. Actor LeVar Burton was initially scheduled to serve as the keynote, but had to cancel due to a death in his family. We are pleased to announce that actress Grace Gealey Byers will serve as this year's keynote speaker.
Byers is best known for role as Anika Calhoun in the Fox series, "Empire". Byers was raised in the Cayman Islands by her African American mother and Caucasian father. Both of her parents are deaf and thus, she was raised learning sign language and understanding what it meant to be a child of deaf adults (CODA). She moved to America alone to attend the University of South Florida in Tampa, where she received a B.A. in Theater Arts. Following college, Byers attended the University of California Irvine's graduate program and obtained her M.F.A in acting.
Past speakers for the event include; James Edward Olmos, Terrence Howard, Soledad O'Brien, John Quiñones and former U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera.
Individual tickets for the banquet are for $75 and $100 (VIP) each. Tables of eight are available $1,000 and $1,500 (VIP). VIP includes premium seating, admittance to the VIP Reception and photo with Mrs. Byers. All table purchasers will receive recognition in the banquet’s printed program and through public announcement during the event.
Sponsorship information is available here . To purchase sponsorships, tables or tickets via credit/debit card, click here. For more information please call (806)742-8692. Proceeds from the event will benefit student scholarships.
|2006||Senator Robert L. Duncan|
|2009||100 Black Men of West Texas
Peggy A. Duran-Klenclo
|2015||Marciano & Martha Morales|
Dr. Juan S. Muñoz
Dr. Lawrence Schovanec
|2013||Dr. Aliza Wong
For more information regarding the Celebrate Diversity Awards Banquet or the Inclusive Excellence Awards, please email firstname.lastname@example.org