Texas Tech University

The Ted Jim Dotts, Jr. and Betty Shewbert Dotts Ally of the Year

The Ted Jim Dotts, Jr. and Betty Shewbert Dotts Ally of the Year is awarded to a member of the faculty and staff for demonstrating meritorious effort toward improving a climate of diversity and inclusivity at Texas Tech University and the City of Lubbock.

In 1993, Rev. and Mrs. Dotts co-founded the Lubbock Chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). Still in operation today, this organization has served countless people facing adversity because of who a member of their family or friend loves or how they identify and/or present their gender.

Following the compassion and humility shown by the Dotts and many others, this honor is bestowed on a faculty and staff member who works to increase awareness of issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) individuals through education, organizing, and advocacy. Regardless of whether their efforts are seen or unseen, the impact of their work touches the lives of many, and the community is thankful.

Their commitment is best demonstrated with their unwillingness to accept tolerance as the gold standard towards those with varying sexual orientations and/or gender identities. Rather, they strive for affirmation and celebration of our shared human diversity.

The deadline for nominations for the 2020-21 year has closed. 

Historically, the honor has been bestowed on the recipients during the annual Lavender Graduation. Given the unprecedented nature of events during 2020 and 2021, the recipients will be recognized during the virtual recognition of our Lavender Graduation participants on May 13. Awards will be presented to the recipients in-person by the Office team. The names of the recipients will be added to a perpetual plaque that is displayed in the Center for Campus Life.

2020-2021 Recipients

Ally of the Year Award: Ileana Hinojosa and Dr. Elizabeth Karam

Staff Recipient
Ileana Hinojosa, M.Ed.
Center for Campus Life

Hinojosa now serves as Lead Advisor in the School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

 Faculty Recipient
Elizabeth Karam, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management*
Rawls College of Business

Dr. Karam now serves as the Academic Unit Head for Management in the College of Medicine at James Madison University.

2019-2020 Recipients

Anna Burton

Staff Recipient
Anna Burton, M.Ed.
Assistant Director
Student Leadership Development
University Student Housing

Dr. David Doerfort

 Faculty Recipient
David Doerfert, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Texas Tech Graduate School

2018-2019 Recipients

nicole noble award
Nicole Noble, Ph.D.
University Career Center

emily skidmore award
Emily Skidmore, Ph.D.

2017-2018 Recipients

Tricia Earl, M.F.A.
Women's & Gender Studies

Sara Smock-Jordan, Ph.D. 
Couple, Marriage, & Family Therapy

2016-2017 Recipients

Jodie Billingsley, SHRM
Human Resources

Ed Check, Ph.D.
Art Education and Visual Studies