Celebrate Diversity Dinner: Fundraising Event


Each Fall, the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion hosts the Celebrate Diversity Dinner to recognize those within the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities who exemplify Inclusive Excellence. Additionally, the recipients of the Senator Robert L. Duncan Community Champion Award are recognized.

This year’s dinner will be held on Tuesday, October 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Benitez will serve as this year's keynote speaker.

His topic for the night will be "Now What? Cultivating and Sustaining a Diverse Campus Community".

To Purchase tickets or sponsor the 7th 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

 Dr. Benitez will be addressing the following among others:

  • TTU's becoming an HSI and the ways TTU can respond to be more culturally sensitive to ALL students
  • Contemporary freedom of speech and individual rights issues
  • Intersectionality and inclusivity and how TTU can celebrate diversity in all its facets... including but not limited to: race/ethnicity, sexuality, gender, disabilities, class nationalities, and religion.

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

Sponsorship information is available here. For more information please call (806)742-7025. Proceeds from the event will benefit student scholarships.

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

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

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