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Celebrate Diversity Awards Banquet: Scholarship Fundraiser

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Each fall, the Office of Institutional Diversity 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 2021 Celebrate Diversity Awards event was presented virtually on Thursday, April 29th. The speaker was professor, author, and media professional, Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry.

The Inclusive Excellence Award recipients were Texas Tech professors, Dr. Angela Lumpkin and Dr. Kirsten A. Cook. The Senator Robert L. Duncan Community Champion Award recipient was long-time Lubbock physician, Dr. Damon H. Hill, Jr.

Click here to view the recording of the 2021 event.

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, Dr. Michael Benitez, Ana Navarro and Cyntoia Brown-Long.

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
2018 TJ Patterson
2019 Ms. Glenda Mathis
2021 Dr. Damon H. Hill, Jr.

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
2016

Janie Landin Ramirez
Tom Vermillion

2017 Jodie Billingsley
Dr. Wendy Ross
Dr. Gary Elbow
2018 Dr. Judi Henry
Dr. Scott Ridley
2019 Ms. Jody Randall
Dr. Robert Stewart
2021 Dr. Kirsten A. Cook
Dr. Angela Lumpkin

For more information regarding the Celebrate Diversity Awards, please email diversity@ttu.edu or call 806-742-7025.

Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion