Texas Tech University

Celebrate Diversity Dinner: Fundraising Event


Each fall, the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion hosts the Celebrate Diversity Awards Banquet to generate scholarship funds for deserving students, while also recognizing those within the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities who exemplify Inclusive Excellence. Additionally, the recipient(s) of the Senator Robert L. Duncan Community Champion Award are recognized.

The 8th annual Celebrate Diversity Awards Banquet will be held on Monday, October 15th in the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center. Republican strategist and political analyst Ana Navarro will serve as this year's keynote speaker.

Best known for her work on CNN and CNN en Español and a political commentator for ABC News, Navarro is in touch with the current political climate and able to discuss the latest hot-button issues, giving audiences an insider's view of upcoming elections and a roadmap for where the country is headed. Respected on both sides of the aisle for her straight shooting and candor, Navarro frequently sought out by the media, appearing on shows like Meet the Press, Bill Maher's Real Time, Anderson Cooper 360 and The View.

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 Ms. Navarro. All table purchasers will receive recognition in the banquet's printed program and through public announcement during the event. Proceeds benefit student scholarships. Sponsorship information is available here.

To Purchase tickets or sponsor the 8th annual Celebrate Diversity Dinner Click on the link below:

Celebrate Diversity Dinner Registration

If you would like to donate but you are unable to attend the event please contact us at 806-742-7025

Past speakers for the event include; James Edward Olmos, Terrence Howard, Soledad O'Brien, John Quiñones, former U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, Grace Gealey and Dr. Michael Benitez.

Award Recipients

Senator Robert L. Duncan Community Champion Award

2006 Senator Robert L. Duncan
2007 Linda DeLeon
2008 Learn, Inc.
2009 100 Black Men of West Texas
Peggy A. Duran-Klenclo
2010 Eric Strong
2011 Carolina Ysasaga
2012 David Seim
2013 Quincy White
2014 Bart Reagor
2015 Marciano & Martha Morales
2016 Adrienne Cozart
2017 Christy Martinez-Garcia

Inclusive Excellence Award Recipients

2009 Kelly Overley
Dr. Juan S. Muñoz
2011 Rene Davis
Calvin Davis
Dr. Lawrence Schovanec
2012 Grace Hernandez
Yuan Shu
2013 Dr. Aliza Wong
Eric Strong
2014 Kirby Hocutt
Cathy Pope
Becky Wilson
2015 Kent Meredith
Chris Snead

Janie Landin Ramirez
Tom Vermillion

2017 Jodie Billingsley
Dr. Wendy Ross
Dr. Gary Elbow

For more information regarding the Celebrate Diversity Dinner or the Inclusive Excellence Awards, please email diversity@ttu.edu

Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion