Programs & Initiatives
Office of Institutional Diversity (“OID”) leads HSI efforts across Texas Tech University and is responsible for annually filing an eligibility application with the U.S. Department of Education for waiver from the requirements for designation as an “eligible institution” under Title III and Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
As a designated institution, Texas Tech is eligible for federal Department of Education grants totaling as much as $8 million provided by Title III and Title V, which help eligible institutions become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve and increase retention rates, especially among low-income, underrepresented, and Hispanic students.
The following are efforts undertaken by Texas Tech University as we continue to develop and serve as an HSI:
- RAISE TTU Committee (Raise, Awareness, Identify, Support, Educate) comprised of students, staff, faculty, and university administrators was appointed
in August 2017 by Texas Tech President Dr. Lawrence Schovanec. Tasked with:
- Identifying current and future grants for which Texas Tech is eligible for or entitled to as an HSI,
- Ensuring that members of the Texas Tech community fully understand the research, funding, and other opportunities that HSI designation brings, and
- Focusing on providing support to all students of color and first-generation students so that they can achieve their goal of receiving a quality education.
- First Generation Transition & Mentoring Programs (“FGTMP”} seek to support undergraduate students who identify as first-generation in college as they pursue their undergraduate degree. FGTMP offers peer mentorship, social engagement, and student success activities focused on increasing undergraduate student sense of belonging at Texas Tech.
- Lauro Cavazos & Ophelia Powell-Malone Mentoring Program (Mentor Tech) provides students with educational workshops with the inclusion of faculty and staff mentors to assist in the acclimation to college life for students from underrepresented backgrounds.
- McNair Scholars Program prepares undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research
and other scholarly activities.
- McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need or members of a group that is historically underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential.
- McNair provides a series of workshops on research methods, data collection, research writing, and maintaining research budgets.
- TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is an academic support program for students who are first-generation and/or
demonstrate a financial need.
- SSS provides academic advising, career advising, financial aid assistance, and graduate school preparation and offers leadership development and a supportive community focused on empowering students to succeed.
- Dream Resource Center provides education, support, and advocacyfor undocumented students with or without Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), also known as "Dreamers," and students with mixed-family statuses.
- Raider Education partners across campus with faculty, staff, and students to increase opportunities for cultural intelligence, diversity, justice and inclusive leadership skill development through workshops, trainings and intentional leadership development .
- Student Intersectional Leadership Council (“SILC”)
- Composed entirely of undergraduate student members, SILC works to identify issues of diversity and inclusion on campus and plans the various cultural celebrations hosted by the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
- Hosted a panel discussion on “Latinx Professional Development: Navigating being a Person of Color in the Workplace,” which was sponsored by Dell Technologies.
TTU College and Departmental Efforts
- Texas Tech College of Architecture, which was ranked the No. 1 College for Hispanics by Hispanic Outlook on Education magazine in 2019, boasts facilities, faculty, and courses at a campus in El Paso, Texas, which helps educate and prepare students from far west Texas, most of whom are Hispanic.
- TTU's College of Media & Communication hosts the Thomas J. Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication
(“HIHIC”), which promotes better understanding of Hispanic-related and international
media communication through research, teaching and community outreach.
- HIHIC annually hosts a Distinguished Speaker Series and a Hispanic/Latino Media & Marketing International Conference.
- Fall 2019, three faculty from the College of Media & Communication conducted a study of college students' perceptions and portrayals of Hispanics on television and how those potentially impact their beliefs about race.
- 2018, Texas Tech established a Mexican American & Latina/o Studies Program.
- 21-hour minor offered at Tech is a dynamic interdisciplinary course of study based in the humanities, social sciences, arts, and evolution of ethnic studies that introduces students to the significant and rich personal, historical, economic, cultural and religious experiences of Mexican Americans and Latina/os in the United States
- 2018, Texas Tech opened up its first international campus in San José, Costa Rica with the goal of providing a quality college education to Costa Rican and Latin American students while giving Texas Tech students in the United States the opportunity to study and conduct research at an affiliated international campus.
- TTU Office of Undergraduate Admissions has:
- Placed admissions counselors in specific areas of the state to provide enrollment services to underrepresented populations, including McAllen, Texas, El Paso, Texas, and San Antonio, Texas.
- Employed two transfer admissions counselors in this area, as well as a dedicated transfer advisor, who provide pre-transfer advising services to these students.
- Placed at least one Admissions Counselor on each Recruitment Team who can converse in both English and Spanish
- Used signage at all recruitment events to inform prospective students and families that staff are available to communicate in Spanish
- Conducted multiple outreach initiatives to target and recruit Hispanic students to
attend TTU. Efforts include:
- Spanish language website with general information about enrollment;
- Spanish language brochure with enrollment information, which is distributed at TTU recruitment events and is made available in all recruitment offices for families who seek information in Spanish.
- Targeted Recruitment Programs, which are carried out in areas where there is a high concentration of Hispanic students.
Examples of these programs include:
- National Hispanic College Fairs in Texas and Colorado;
- National Hispanic Institute Collegiate World Series programming;
- National Hispanic Institute Celebración;
- Hispanic College Scholarship event participation; and,
- Raider Roadshow Recruitment events in McAllen, Texas and El Paso, Texas.
- Hispanic-themed celebrations at Texas Tech include activities during Hispanic Heritage Month, which includes:
- Recognizing the Hispanic culture of the South Plains at halftime of the annual Hispanic Heritage football game
- Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and SILC host a Grito! Ceremony for students, staff, faculty, and the community to celebrate Mexican Independence Day on September 16
- Celebration of Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) with a procession and ceremony for campus and community members.
- TTU's Office of Institutional Diversity sponsors several faculty resource groups,
including the Latino/Hispanic Faculty & Staff Association (“LHFSA”).
- Texas Tech's percentage of Hispanic faculty has risen steadily from 5.2% in fall 2013 to 8.05% in fall 2019.
The Center for Campus Life and individual colleges sponsor various Hispanic-interest student organizations and clubs, including:
- Hispanic Student Society (“HSS”)
- Largest Hispanic student organization on the TTU campus, which promotes Hispanic culture among the student body at Texas Tech University, the Lubbock community, and surrounding areas and recruits, mentors, provides leadership support and opportunities for socialization, and promotes community service among prospective and current students;
- Unidos Por Un Mismo Idioma (“UMI”)
- Organization dedicated to creating and promoting a common understanding of the Spanish language and the Hispanic culture not only within Texas Tech University, but also among the local community;
- Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (“SACNAS”)
- Inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM;
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (“SHPE”)
- Raises awareness, provides access, and prepares Hispanic students to become leaders in the STEM fields;
- Association of Latino Professionals for America (“ALPFA”)
- Latino organization for professionals and students in business, finance, accounting, and related fields whose main objective is to develop networking and career opportunities that members will be able to value and apply in the business world;
- Minorities in Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (“MANRRS”)
- Promotes academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences;
- National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (“NOMAS”)
- National organization of students who bring greater awareness to the problems affecting minority groups within the architecture community through the use of provocative and constructive dialogue which seeks to address the issues of discrimination, professional relationships, culture, and public policy as they relate to minorities in the architecture community;
- Sixteen Multicultural Greek Council (“MGC”) fraternities and sororities, seven of which are Hispanic-interest organizations; and,
- Mariachi Los Matadores
- A performing ensemble within the TTU School of Music directed by Grammy Award-winning performer and Associate Director of Musicology Dr. Lauryn Salazar that focuses on playing traditional Mexican music.
Each year, at graduation time, the Raiders Rojos Alumni Network hosts a Hispanic Graduation Convocation complete with serape-themed graduation stoles, for Hispanic graduates and those who celebrate the Hispanic culture of Texas Tech and the West Texas region.
Additional efforts that benefit underrepresented students as well as Hispanic students:
- Red Raider Guarantee – In an effort to increase access to higher education, Texas Tech has implemented a plan to guarantee tuition and mandatory fees (based on 30 credit hours for the year) to new entering freshmen and transfer students with an associate's degree, who are Texas residents, have a family adjusted gross income that does not exceed $65,000, have demonstrated financial need, and who will be enrolled full time (12 hours or more each semester - Fall/Spring only).
- Matador Scholarship – pilot scholarship program awarding scholarships of from $1,000 – $5,000 for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds who are “test optional” for fall 2021 (did not have the opportunity or did not take either the SAT or ACT college entrance exam) and who exhibit academic achievement, financial need, family educational history (First-Generation) community service, leadership activities, and, in some cases, special circumstances.
Strive for College Initiative
Strive for College is a voice for good in the college access and success movement. The organization works in partnership with four-year colleges and universities to recognize institutions for their commitment to serve low-income and first-generation college students and to enhance their efforts to recruit and retain them on their campuses.
In collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, First-Gen Transition & Mentoring Programs will partner with Strive for College in order to:
- Promote and strengthen efforts to recruit and retain low-income and first-gen students
- Reach more prospective low-income, first-gen students, and their supporters
- Share and learn best practices for successfully recruiting and retaining low-income, first-gen students