Texas Tech University

Meet The Team

Mission

The Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DDEI) works across Texas Tech University to foster, affirm, celebrate, engage and strengthen inclusive communities through diversity, equity and inclusion. Using this framework as our foundation, we facilitate and support transformative opportunities that support the University Strategic Plan: to educate and empower a diverse student body, to enable innovative research and creative activities, while transforming lives and communities through strategic outreach and engaged scholarship.  

As we in DDEI work across the university, we are inspired by the opportunities to explore our differences as we celebrate our shared commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The process of creating a culture that allows every individual to feel as though they matter, and they belong is not accidental, but intentionally created by those who are members of the community and how they welcome and retain new members. We establish our culture through shared practices and traditions, through our artwork and our food, through our words and our actions, through our practices/policies/procedures, through the photos we publish and the stories we tell, and through the ways in which we affirm and validate the experiences of others. Knowing this we are humbled by our role in reflecting to the world that Texas Tech University is a place we are proud to call our own and encourage others to do the same. 

Vision

At Texas Tech we Foster, Affirm, Celebrate, Engage, Strengthen inclusive communities. 

Administration

Dr. Sumner

Carol A. Sumner, Ed.D
Chief Diversity Officer & Vice President
Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Dulcie Walters

Janice Lytle
Executive Administrative Associate
Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Jade Silva-Tovar

Jade Silva Tovar
Senior Director
Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Institutional Diversity Office Team

Ashley

Ashley Gonzales, Ph.D.
Senior Director
Office of Institutional Diversity

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Michelle Tijerina
Senior Administrative Assistant
Office of Institutional Diversity

Olga Achourkina

Olga Achourkina
Director
Finance and Administration

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Paul Ruiz, J.D.

Lead Administrator
Office of Institutional Diversity

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Cory Powell
Director 
Office of Institutional Diversity

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Justin Carter
Reporting Analyst 
Office of Institutional Diversity

Divisional Leadership

Vacant

Vacant
Director
College Connect & TTU UIL

Nefertiti Beck

Nefertiti Beck
Director
SILC

Jon Crider

Jon Crider, Ph.D.
Director
McNair Scholars Program

Deb

Debra Crosby, M.A.
Director
Military & Veterans Programs

Brandon Cruz

Brandon Cruz, M.Ed
Director
Transition & Mentoring Programs

Marcus

Vacant 
Director
TRIO Student Support Services

Cory Hamilton

Cory Hamilton
Director
Raider Education

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Alex Onischuk
Director and Head Coach
Texas Tech Chess Program

Jody

Jody Randall, M.S.
Director
Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement

Business Team

Olga Achourkina

Olga Achourkina
Director
Finance and Administration

Nichoel Boyd

Nichoel Boyd
Administrator

Vacant

Donald Lane 
Business Assistant

Dominique Gonzales

Dominique Gonzales
Unit Manager


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Kacy Hokett
Administrator

Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion