Oscar Nominee to Speak at Diversity Dinner

Terrence Howard will keynote the Celebrate Diversity Scholarship Dinner at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Merket Alumni Center.

In his speech Howard will focus on the importance  of education, overcoming adversity and striving for  excellence in everything one undertakes.

In his speech Howard will focus on the importance of education, overcoming adversity and striving for excellence in everything one undertakes.

Oscar nominee Terrence Howard will speak at the Celebrate Diversity Scholarship Dinner, hosted by Texas Tech's Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Merket Alumni Center.

Howard has starred in several praise-worthy films including “Ray,” “Iron Man,” “Crash,” “The Princess and the Frog,” and the film that earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in 2006, “Hustle and Flow.”

The actor will speak on the importance of education, personal discipline, overcoming adversity and striving for excellence in everything one undertakes.

Juan Muñoz, vice president of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement, said he sought to identify a significant personality that has grappled professionally with topics of education, diversity and excellence.

For Muñoz, Howard was an ideal guest for the Texas Tech campus.

“This further affirms the national visibility being enjoyed by the diversity and access efforts at Texas Tech,” Muñoz said. “This prominence offers Texas Tech the opportunity to bring among the most recognizable talents to Lubbock and the university.”

Dinner tickets are $70 and $110 for a VIP reception ticket. Students who present a valid Texas Tech ID may purchase a dinner ticket for $45.

For more information about the event, contact the Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center at 742-8681 or crosscultural@ttu.edu.