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.
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.
|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
Janie Landin Ramirez
Dr. Wendy Ross
Dr. Gary Elbow
For more information regarding the Celebrate Diversity Dinner or the Inclusive Excellence Awards, please email email@example.com