Diversity U 2017

Success Through Engagement, Leadership and Social Change

The Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement is pleased to announce Diversity U. The purpose of Diversity U is to create a nexus of information, resources and engagement opportunities related to equity and inclusion for students, faculty, staff and members of the community. Diversity U is hosted each fall and spring and information regarding programming can be found here. For more information about an event or program featured on this page please contact the Cross Cultural Academic Advancement Center at 806-742-8668 or email

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, February 1st "Women of Black History Month Quiz"

Online | All Day
The Texas Tech University Women's Studies Program is celebrating Black History Month by showcasing women past, present and future. Taking inspiration from the National Women's History Project 2017 theme "Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business", we honor women who helped and are continuing to help create a better world for the times in which they lived as well as for future generations. Test your knowledge and take the "40 question challenge" today!
Link: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/wstudies/events_womensblackhistory_quiz.php
Hosted by: Women's Studies Program 806-742-4335

Thursday, February 2nd "Conversations with the Next Generation"

Human Sciences 169 | 5:00 PM
Conversations with the Next Generation is a speaker series in which guest speakers seek to encourage Texas Tech First Generation College (FGC) students, and serve as real, relatable examples of what success, despite hardships, can look like. Guest speaker will be Dr. Patty Schovanec.
Hosted by: First Generation Transition & Mentoring Programs 806-742-7060

Saturday, February 4th "Lunar New Year"

Lubbock High School | 5:00 PM
In conjunction with the Association of Chinese Student Scholars of Lubbock, this event is meant to celebrate the start of the 1st day of Spring in the Chinese Lunar calendar. During this event, performances and presentations of the Chinese culture celebrating the first day of Spring will be featured and traditional Chinese food will be served.
Link: http://ttu-acssl.org/event/
Hosted by: Association of Chinese Student Scholars of Lubbock

Tuesday, February 7th "African American History Lecture Series: LeVar Burton"

Allen Theatre | 7 PM
LeVar Burton will be delivering his lecture, "The Value of Diversity." Mr. Burton's lecture will make references to his vast television experience and the very important contributions African-Americans have made and continue to make to communities around the world.
Hosted by: Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement 806-742-7025

Thursday, February 9th "Difficult Dialogue Series: Pillow Talk"

Education Building Room 001 | 5:30 PM
This event will host a moderated discussion meant to offer students, staff, and faculty an opportunity to discuss the topic of healthy and unhealthy relationships.
Hosted by: Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center and Mentor Tech
806-742-8681 & 806-742-8692

Friday, February 10th "SSS Cultural Event: Indian Dinner & Painting with a Twist"

India Palace Indian Restaurant & Painting with a Twist | 5 PM
This event will expose students to other cultures through experiential learning, ice breakers and networking activities to learn about each other's cultures. For reservation information please contact the TRIO office.
Hosted by: TRIO Student Support Services 806-742-3629

Wednesday, February 15th "Conversations with the Next Generation"

Human Sciences 169 | 5:00 PM
Conversations with the Next Generation is a speaker series in which guest speakers seek to encourage Texas Tech First Generation College (FGC) students, and serve as real, relatable examples of what success, despite hardships, can look like. Guest speaker will be Dr. Ashley Gonzales.
Hosted by: First Generation Transition & Mentoring Programs 806-742-7060

Wednesday, February 15th "Cross-Cultural Film Series: Selma (2014)"

MCOM 057 | 6 PM
This event will feature a screening of the film "Selma" as part of the Cross-Cultural Film Series. "Selma" is a 2014 historical film drama directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis.
Hosted by: Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center 806-742-8681

Thursday, February 16th "African American History Lecture Series: Wes Moore"

Allen Theatre | 7 PM
Author Wes Moore's speech, "A Call to Action," will encompass not only his life experiences, but also the importance and power of choice. Mr. Moore's hope is to encourage those in attendance to make an impact on society.
Hosted by: Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement 806-742-7025

Friday, February 17th "Women's Night at the Rec."

TTU Recreational Center | 8 PM
The Rec Center will be open to females only and is aimed to include a night of free, inclusive, and healthy fun for women of the Texas Tech community! The goal of the event is to educate and empower women on issues surrounding mental health, physical health, and self-care via health workshops, exercise classes, climbing and bouldering, nutrition & exercise tips, giveaways, food, prizes, and more!
Hosted by: TTU Recreational Center 806-742-3351

Thursday, February 23rd "Cross-Cultural Film Series: Creed (2016)"

MCOM 055 | 6 PM
This event will feature a screening of the film, "Creed" as part of the Cross-Cultural Film Series. "Creed" is a 2015 American sports drama film, directed and written by Ryan Coogler. A spin-off and sequel to the Rocky film series, stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson Creed, Apollo Creed's son, with Sylvester Stallone reprising the role of Rocky Balboa.
Hosted by: Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center 806-742-8681

Saturday, February 25th "MTSO Cultural Knowledge Bowl"

Human Sciences 169 | 12 PM
Mentor Tech will host its annual Cultural Knowledge Bowl, a jeopardy style competition with its questions being based on cultures from all around the world. Participants are in teams of four and will have a chance to win cash prizes.
Hosted by: Mentor Tech 806-742-8692

Tuesday, February 28th "The Illusionist: A Film About the Globalization of Beauty"

Holden Hall 006 | 5:30 PM
The Illusionists: A Film About the Globalization of Beauty examines how global advertising firms, mass media conglomerates, and the beauty, fashion, and cosmetic surgery industries are changing the way people around the world define beauty and see themselves. Taking us from the halls of Harvard to the galleries of the Louvre Museum, from a cosmetic surgeon's office in Beirut to the heart of Tokyo's Electric Town, the film explores how these industries saturate our lives with narrow, Westernized, consumer-driven images of beauty that show little to no respect for biological realities or cultural differences.
Hosted by: Women's Studies Program 806-742-4335

Wednesday, March 1st "Conversations with the Next Generation"

Human Sciences 169 | 5:00 PM
Conversations with the Next Generation is a speaker series in which guest speakers seek to encourage Texas Tech First Generation College (FGC) students, and serve as real, relatable examples of what success, despite hardships, can look like. Guest speaker will be Dr. George Comiskey
Hosted by: First Generation Transition & Mentoring Programs 806-742-7060

Thursday, March 2nd "Cross-Cultural Film Series: Loving (2016)"

MCOM 057 | 6 PM
This event will feature a screening of the film, "Loving" as part of the Cross-Cultural Film Series. "Loving" is a 2016 historical drama film written and directed by Jeff Nichols. It features Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court Decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.
Hosted by: Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center 806-742-8681

Tuesday, March 7th "Difficult Dialogue Series: Constitutional Carry"

SUB – Senate Room | 12 PM
This event will host a moderated discussion meant to offer students, staff, and faculty an opportunity to discuss the topic of Constitutional Carry. Constitutional Carry refers to the ongoing discussion of allowing for gun carry without a permit to all American citizens, both openly and concealed.
Hosted by: Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center 806-742-8681

Tuesday March 21st "In it Together" - a theatrical play by Will & Company Part of Diversity Week

Student Union Building | 7 PM
In conjunction with the TTU Diversity Week committee, "In it Together" is a theatrical performance by the theater production group Will & Company. Through their performance, Will & Company promote diversity through various themes which include race, gender, and sexual orientation.
Hosted by: Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center 806-742-8681

Wednesday, March 22nd "Conversations with the Next Generation"

Human Sciences 169 | 5:00 PM
Conversations with the Next Generation is a speaker series in which guest speakers seek to encourage Texas Tech First Generation College (FGC) students, and serve as real, relatable examples of what success, despite hardships, can look like. Guest speaker will be Janie Ramirez.
Hosted by: First Generation Transition & Mentoring Programs 806-742-7060

Wednesday, March 22nd "8th Annual TTU Drag Show"

Student Union Building | TBA
The TTU Drag Show, is annual event that brings the gay, lesbian, transgender and straight communities together in support for scholarships for the LGBT community. Funds are raised that go towards LGBT students attending Texas Tech University.
Hosted by: Texas Tech Gay-Straight Alliance

Thursday, March 23rd "Cultural Fair"

SUB Free Speech Area | 11 AM
In part with Diversity Week, this event will offer students the opportunity to share traditions, food, history & music from different cultures that make up TRIO SSS. This event will be open to faculty, staff and the campus community.
Hosted by: TRIO Student Support Services 806-742-3629

Friday, March 24th "College Race Symposium – Equity, Inclusion and Campus"

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center | 8 AM – 4 PM
This summit will offer High School Seniors and University Students information and resources that will strengthen their college readiness and social and communication skills as well as information and resources that will assess issues of equality and equity through various approaches. Lastly, this summit will offer Educators/Organization/ Business information and resources that will provide methods for addressing current social change and diversity issues related to equity and inclusion in classroom and workplace, as a means of creating a more inclusive educational and work environment and recruiting and retaining a productive and successful workforce.
Hosted by: Office of Community Engagement 806-742-7017

Thursday March 30th "Women in Service – Open Seminar"

SUB – Matador Room | 5:00 PM
This event aims to provide students with leadership opportunities while gathering historical and current information and perspectives on women's participation in military and law enforcement.
Hosted by: Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center & Women's Studies
806-742-8681

Saturday, April 1st "Holi"

TTU Rugby Fields | TBA
In conjunction with South Asian Student Association, this event is an annual event which celebrates spring by commemorating various events in Hindu mythology while also disregarding social norms and indulging in general merrymaking.
Hosted by: South Asian Student Association

Tuesday, April 4th "Difficult Dialogue Series: Women in Military Selective Service"

SUB – Red Raider Lounge | 5 PM
This event will host a moderated discussion meant to offer students, staff, and faculty an opportunity to discuss the topic of women in the military Selective Service process. This topic focuses on the ongoing political and national discussion of requiring women to register for the Military Selective Service.
Hosted by: Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center 806-742-8681

Thursday, April 13th "15th Mentor Tech Annual Celebration Banquet"

Lubbock Civic Center | 7 PM
The Mentor Tech Celebration Banquet is meant to celebrate program participants, leaders within the organization, and recognize seniors who are graduating from the program and the university.
Hosted by: Mentor Tech 806-742-8692

Friday, April 21st "SSS Cultural Event: Italian Dinner & Peter Pan Musical"

Orlando's Italian Restaurant & Civic Center | 5 PM
This event will expose students to other cultures through experiential learning, ice breakers and networking activities to learn about each other. For reservation information please contact the TRIO office.
Hosted by: TRIO Student Support Services 806-742-3629

Wednesday, April 26th "Cross-Cultural Film Series: Lion (2016)"

MCOM 057 | 6 PM
This event will feature a screening of the film, "Lion" as part of the Cross-Cultural Film Series. "Lion" is a 2016 Australian-American-British drama film directed by Garth Davis and written by Luke Davies, based on a non-fiction story about a boy who was lost from his family at age five. After being adopted by an Australian family, later in life, the boy decides to search for his long-lost family using Google Earth.
Hosted by: Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center 806-742-8681

Thursday, April 27th "Native American Celebration"

SUB – North Plaza Amphitheater | 6 PM
This event celebrates Native American Heritage through food, dance, and educational storytelling by creating an opportunity for the Texas Tech University community to engage in Kiowa, Cheyenne, and Apache culture. Those in attendance witness performances by Native American performers as well as examine Native American dress art.
Hosted by: Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center 806-742-8681

Saturday, April 29th "International Worldwide Showcase"

CitiBank Auditorium | 5 PM
The Worldwide Showcase is an annual cultural production hosted by Texas Tech's Students for Global Connections and the Office of International Affairs. This production showcases international students' cultures and unique cultural traditions through the performing arts.
Hosted by: Office of International Affairs 806-742-3667