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Rawls College to Host Annual Rawls Day and Rawls Diversity Symposium

Hailey Walker

September 1, 2020

Rawls Day and Rawls Diversity Symposium, Thursday, September 10

Both events will be on September 10 and will share a common theme, “Better Together.”

The Jerry S. Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University will host Rawls Day and the sixth annual Rawls Diversity Symposium on Thursday, September 10. Both events will celebrate the unique qualities of Rawls College students, staff and faculty, and embrace the different perspectives of all community members with their theme "Better Together."

Rawls Day

Rawls Day Shirt 2020
Rawls Day 2020 Shirts

Rawls Day, an annual event planned to celebrate the beginning of the fall semester, will provide Rawls College students with several ways to learn about the wealth of opportunities and resources available through the college.

"Jerry Rawls' naming gift 20 years ago had a transformative impact on the college," said Senior Director of Engagement & External Relations, Julie Doss. "Rawls Day is an annual event dedicated to celebrating his generosity and commitment to excellence."

Rawls Day activities will include:

Photo Booth | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

In December of 2000, Jerry S. Rawls contributed a record-breaking cash gift of $25 million to the Texas Tech University College of Business Administration, officially renaming the college to Jerry S. Rawls College of Business. His generous gift has fueled many of the ongoing initiatives in the college and assisted in facilitating the education of a new generation of leaders. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his gift, students are invited to visit a photo booth in the McCoy Atrium and take a selfie to share why they love Rawls College.

Rawls Day Shirts | 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Free shirts will be available for pickup in front of Rawls College, while supplies last.

Virtual Meet and Greets | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Students are invited to virtually meet with representatives from select student organizations and support services offices. This come-and-go event will allow students to learn more about getting involved and the numerous resources available through the college.

For additional information, visit the Rawls Day 2020 website.

Rawls Diversity Symposium

Established in 2014, the Rawls Diversity Symposium provides perspectives from experts in academia, the workforce and students on the positive effects diversity has both economically and socially. This year's symposium will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

"We are very excited about the Rawls Diversity Symposium this year," said Co-Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Associate Professor of Accounting, Andrea Romi. "Given the current climate within the US, we believe the focus on systemic racism is important, and we are very lucky to have an outstanding keynote speaker."

Bakari Sellers
Bakari Sellers

The symposium will feature a keynote address, "From #Hashtag to Action: Addressing Systemic Racism," delivered by author, attorney and political commentator, Bakari Sellers. Sellers will instruct, inform and inspire attendees to work toward positive change as he addresses systemic racism, social injustice and the present challenges facing communities of color.

"Mr. Sellers brings immense knowledge about racism and will help facilitate our desire for real and tough conversations that I know will inform and challenge our students, staff and faculty alike," said Romi.

Following his keynote address, Sellers will join a panel of representatives from our campus, city and state to engage in conversation during "Digging Deeper: Power in Real Conversations." The panel discussion will be moderated by Raegan Higgins, associate professor of mathematics at Texas Tech, and additional panelists include:

"We are extremely fortunate that these panelists will share their expertise and lived experience. They represent Texas Tech faculty and administration, the City of Lubbock, and the State of Texas and bring a variety of unique perspectives to the discussion of systemic racism," said Co-Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Associate Professor of Accounting, Kirsten Cook.

"This panel discussion will set the stage for additional conversations with students, staff, and faculty later this semester focused on creating positive changes within Rawls College, Texas Tech, and our communities."

All members of the Texas Tech and Lubbock community are invited to attend the free symposium. Visit the Rawls Diversity Symposium website to register and learn more.