ABC Reporter John Quiñones to Speak at Diversity Awards Banquet

Annual celebration is Oct. 14 at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center.


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The Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement hosts the fourth annual Celebrate Diversity Awards Banquet. ABC reporter John Quiñones will be the keynote speaker.

The banquet takes place at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center.

“Texas Tech University is committed to promoting diversity on campus as well as in the community,” President M. Duane Nellis said. “The Celebrate Diversity Awards Banquet and the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement support the inclusivity for which we strive.”

Quiñones has been with ABC for almost 30 years and is the sole anchor on “What Would You Do?” He is a seven-time Emmy Award winner and ABC’s first Latino correspondent. Quiñones graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio with a bachelor’s degree in speech communications before receiving a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Past speakers at the banquet include Soledad O’Brien, Terrence Howard and Edward James Olmos.

“The distinguished speakers and celebrities who have participated in the annual Celebrate Diversity Awards Banquet have not only raised the profile of this event but increased the awareness and conversations about the importance of diversity on our campus and in our broader community,” said Lawrence Schovanec, provost and senior vice president.

General tickets are $75 and VIP tickets cost $100. Sponsorship opportunities also are available. All proceeds will benefit student scholarships. To purchase tickets, call (806) 742-8692, or visit for more information.

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Celebrate Diversity Awards Banquet

Soledad O’Brien

Terrence Howard

Edward James Olmos