Texas Tech University

Diversity Week


March 18-22, 2019

A week dedicated to celebrating and understanding the importance of diversity throughout the community and Texas Tech University.  Join  student organizations and departments across campus to celebrate diversity all week long!

There is strength in the differences between us. - Ani DiFranco


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All Week

Diversity Boards - throughout SUB - Hosted by Student Involvement

Student Organizations represent a diverse spectrum of student's backgrounds, cultures, interests, and passions. Check out the display boards throughout the Student Union during Diversity Week to see how the student organizations identify their diversity. Student Organizations interested in participating need to stop by SUB 201.

Walk a Mile in Our Shoes - Free Speech Area

The Walk a Mile in Our Shoes Campaign is meant to provide curious Texas Tech students with the opportunity to learn more about people from a certain background that they are unfamiliar with. As human beings, we may be quick to attach certain stereotypes to people based off of what we've heard and not what we've witnessed. Join us every day of the week to learn about a different group in an open and friendly environment.

Monday, March 18

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
SUB North Plaza
Hosted by Council of Councils, Staff Senate, Student Involvement, CRC- Clothesline Project

The Diversity Week Kickoff event is a multicultural event meant to help represent the many cultures of Texas Tech University. There will be a flag parade, cultural dance, and other events including cultural foods. This event is meant to make Texas Tech students feel included and represented on the Texas Tech campus. All people are welcome to come and see what we have in store! 

8:30 am - 3:00 pm 
RED Raider Talks
SUB Red Raider Ballroom
Hosted by Office of the President

The Texas Tech University Office of the President will host the Texas Women in Higher Education (TWHE) regional conference. The conference will consist of seven TED-style "REDraider Talks" by faculty, staff and students on a variety of topics. Aliza Wong, associate dean of the Honors College and TWHE board member, said the meeting is an opportunity for women all over West Texas to discuss, inspire, collaborate and envision a more equitable and inclusive educational experience for the entire university community.

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Walk a Mile in UMI's (Unidos Por Un Mismo Idioma) Shoes
Free Speech Area

2:00-3:00 pm
Diversifying Design: Considerations for Users with Autism Spectrum Disorders 
SUB Senate Room 
Hosted by TTU Human Factors & Ergonomics Student Chapter

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders show a wide range of psychological and physiological characteristics that are not often considered in the process of technology design. Through understanding more about this growing segment of users and following simple design recommendations, system designers can ensure that they are aiming for true usability and accessibility for this unique population.

 Tuesday, March 19

11:00 am - 12:00 pm 
"Celebrating Diversity in the Workplace"- Staff Only
SUB Red Raider Lounge
Hosted by Staff Senate

Join various staff around campus to discuss ways we incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusivity in the workplace.

11:00 am - 12:20 pm 
"Not Just a Hashtag: Returning to the Roots of Intersectionality" by Morgan Allen
SUB Mesa Room
Hosted by W&GS Minor/Psychology Major

Come join our undergraduate minor, Morgan Allen, as she leads a forum on the current usage of intersectionality. This presentation will cover the importance of knowing the history of terms such as intersectionality, as well as the danger that comes with a lack of understanding of the origin and definition of this term. Afterwards, there will be a brief Q&A where guests may ask questions about the research Morgan has been doing.

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Walk a Mile in Tech Council on Family Relations' Shoes
Free Speech Area

11:00 am - 2:00 pm 
What Makes You Diverse in Your Department?
SUB CopyMail
Hosted by SWE

Come join the Society of Women Engineers and tell what makes you diverse on our bulletin boards and see what others have to say as well.

11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tie Dye-versity
SUB Courtyard
Hosted by RISE

Come by and tie dye a free shirt we will provide for you: you can pick colors that match your Identities or just pick some of your favorites. Let's celebrate diversity among the Texas Tech community!

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm 
Leading a Successful Organization: How to be an Effective Agent of Social Justice Change
SUB Lubbock Room
Hosted by Student Involvement

Student organization leaders, come join us for a workshop to better understand social justice and how your organization can be an ally in the work against systematic oppression. You might know what Social Justice is and what it means but do you know how to be an agent of change in your community? Join us for a great workshop featuring Ben Braddock Social Justice Educator from Residence Life. RSVP

5:30-6:30 pm
Zumba Around the World
Rec Room 114
Hosted by Fitness and Wellness

5:30 pm
Civil Counterpoints- Perspectives on Pot: Marijuana in U.S. Society
SUB Red Raider Ballroom

By early 2019, ten states had legalized recreational and medical marijuana, and 23 more allowed medical use only. This represents a substantial shift from its criminalization during much of the 20th century, including fervent anti-drug messaging by state and federal governments and non-governmental organizations. Yet marijuana remains a divisive topic across the U.S. population and many of its institutions. This interactive session will bring together experts from various fields to discuss, with the public, issues surrounding marijuana use from multiple vantage points including health, economics, politics, social impacts and law enforcement.

Civil Counterpoints

5:30-7:30 pm
Body Project Session 1
TTU Library, Study Room 404
Hosted by The Body Project

The Body Project is a group aimed at helping people feel better about their bodies. In this program, students get to attend two, 2-hour sessions designed to improve body image. This body image group promotes the message of inclusivity and acceptance regardless of age, gender, size, shape, or skin color.

Student have found the Body Project has improved body satisfaction, reduced risk for eating disorders, and improved school and social functioning for hundreds of young women across the US.

The sessions are held on TTU campus and are free for anyone to attend! If you would like to participate in a group, email BodyProjectTTU@gmail.com to register.

The Body Project is not a therapy group, treatment program, or support group. If you are in need of these resources, please contact the TTU Psychology Clinic.

Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/BodyProjectTTU https://www.instagram.com/BodyProjectTTU


Civil Counterpoints

7:00-9:00 pm
Queer Reels, Real Topics Film Series: Southwest of Salem: Lesbian Latinas Fight for Justice
SUB Red Raider Lounge
Hosted by Office of LGBTQIA

Winner of a Peabody Award, a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Documentary, and a Critic's Choice Award for Best First Feature, SOUTHWEST OF SALEM excavates the nightmarish persecution of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez, four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls in San Antonio, Texas. Using the women's home video footage from 21 years ago combined with recent verite footage and interviews, the film explores their personal narratives and their search for exculpatory evidence. Together with attorneys, the film culminates with the women being released from prison to await their searing new exoneration hearings in San Antonio. As lesbian women of color, these women hold intersecting identities that make them the most vulnerable to incarceration. The film unravels the interplay of mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor that led to their indictment. SOUTHWEST OF SALEM premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was an Official Selection at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Wednesday, March 20

11:00 am - 12:20 pm 
(Her)story of Women at Texas Tech: Christine Self, Ph.D. and Associate Archivist Lynn Whitfield 
Doak Hall Room 123

It may seem like an odd fact to point out today, but when Texas Tech University was established in 1923 as Texas Technological College, the idea of a coed higher learning institution was still relatively new. Join us in learning about women faculty, staff and students from past to present that have made significant contributions to research, service and teaching on our campus.

11:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Walk a Mile in Arabs Without Borders' Shoes
Free Speech Area

11:00 am - 2:00 pm 
"Building Cultural Capital for Professional Development"- Students Only
SUB Mesa Room
Hosted by CRC and the Career Center

This an informational session and workshop in which students will gain useful skills pertaining to diversity that will ultimately lead to successful situations in the workplace. Information regarding how to use your differences to make you a stronger candidate in your chosen industry, and ways in which transitioning from the classroom to the industry can be made easier will be presented.

11:00 am - 2:00 pm
MYO Bamboo
SUB Courtyard
Hosted by Student Activities Board

Need a little extra luck to get you through the rest of the semester? Come make your own Lucky Bamboo to help you! Free to first 200 with TTU Student ID.

12:10 pm
Mass on Campus in Spanish
Kent Hance Chapel
Hosted by Catholic Student Association

Join the Catholic Student Association for Mass on Campus in the Kent Hance Chapel. As a part of Diversity Week, Mass will be said in both Spanish and English, all are welcome to attend!

6:45-7:45 pm
Spanglish Yoga
Rec Room 121
Hosted by Fitness and Wellness

8 pm (Doors open at 7 pm)
10th Annual Drag Show
SUB Ballroom
Hosted by Residence Hall Association & Gender and Sexuality Association

It's the 10th annual TTU Drag Show! Come see this amazing show as professional drag queens from Lubbock's own Club Pink and Club Luxor perform live with TTU student amateur acts. The event is open to the TTU and Lubbock community. Gender-neutral restrooms will be available. VIP tickets can be purchased through RHA & GSA-guaranteeing you a seat at the show, giveaways, and meet & greet with all queens post-show.

Thursday, March 21

Discover the Ivory Coast
Free Speech Area
Hosted by Made in Cote d'Ivoire

Would you like to know more about the country that exports 30% of the WORLD's cocoa? Are you taking a French class and would like to practice with a native French speaker? Or perhaps, you are a soccer fan and would like to talk with someone who is just as enthusiastic as you are about this sport. Whether you fall in one or none of the category above, come on by the SUB Courtyard and grab a fresh hibiscus drink while learning more about the beautiful country that the Ivory Coast is!

11:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Walk a Mile in Sigma Delta Pi's Shoes
Free Speech Area

11:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Challenging Stereotypes: We are the World
SUB CopyMail
Hosted by Staff Senate

Have you ever been stereotyped? Join us as we shatter stereotypes by sharing who you are not and who you really are. Red Raiders come from far and wide. Come and share where you are from by placing a pin on our global map!

11:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Identity Sand Art
SUB North Plaza
Hosted by Student Activities Board

What represents you? Express your identity with SAB and make your own personalized sand art decoration that is as unique as you are! Free while supplies last. Rainout: SUB Courtyard

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 
BARNGA- A Simulation of Cultural Clashes
SUB Traditions Room
Hosted by CFAS

In Barnga, participants experience the shock of realizing that despite many similarities, people of differing cultures perceive things differently. Participants learn that they must understand and reconcile these differences if they want to function effectively in a cross-cultural group.

3:00-5:00 pm 
True Colors
SUB Mesa Room
Hosted by Student Involvement

Have you ever wondered how your personality temperament and others effects how you communicate or work together in groups? Come learn what your primary color is and how your color spectrum impacts your group interactions. This workshop will be interactive from beginning to end! RSVP

3:00-5:00 pm
SUB Senate Room
Hosted by Association for Computing Machinery

10:00 pm
Mary, Queen of Scots
Late Night Movie
SUB Escondido Theatre
Hosted by Student Activities Board

FREE w/ TTU Student ID LIMITED SEATING! Doors open at 30 minutes prior. We recommend arriving early for the best chance of getting a seat. FREE POPCORN from Hospitality Services 

Friday, March 22

11:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Walk a Mile in Tech Italian Student Organization's Shoes
Free Speech Area

11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Talk Dirty to Me
SUB Courtyard
Hosted by Department of Psychological Sciences 

Do you know how dirty and derogatory some of the things you say can be? Come learn about everyday microaggressions that regularly occur during conversations. This interactive activity allows participants to identify colloquial statements and match them to a corresponding explanation of why that statement is hurtful.

11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Processing Privilege
SUB Courtyard
Hosted by Department of Psychological Sciences

Every person benefits from privilege in some way, shape, or form. Processing Privilege is an interactive learning activity designed to help students explore the concept of privilege and discuss various ways they can use those privileges for equity and social justice (i.e., advocacy, allyship, etc.).

7:00-10:00 pm
Game Night
SUB Mesa Room
Hosted by UMI

10:00 pm
Mary, Queen of Scots
Late Night Movie
SUB Escondido Theatre
Hosted by Student Activities Board

FREE w/ TTU Student ID LIMITED SEATING! Doors open at 30 minutes prior. We recommend arriving early for the best chance of getting a seat. FREE POPCORN from Hospitality Services



Thanks to all the groups that helped put together the 2019 Diversity Week!

Association for Computing Machinery
Association of Students About Service
Arabs Without Borders
Catholic Student Association
Civil Counterpoints Committee
Collegiate Recovery Communities
Communities Families and Addiction Sciences
Council of Councils
Department of Psychological Sciences
Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Fitness & Wellness
Gender & Sexuality Association
Made in Cote d'Ivoire
Office of LGBTQIA
Office of the President
Residence Halls Association
Risk Intervention & Safety Education
Sigma Delta Pi
Society of Women Engineers
Staff Senate
Student Activities Board
Student Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
Student Involvement
Student Union & Activities
Tech Council on Family Relations
Tech Italian Student Organization
The Body Project
TTU Human Factors & Ergonomics Student Chapter
Unidos Por Un Mismo Idioma
University Career Center
Women & Gender Studies


Questions or comments?

Claire Maginness
Associate Director