Open Teaching Concept to Hold Student Symposium

Event encourages students to explore diversity, featuring speakers from the Innocence Project of Texas.

Texas Tech University's Open Teaching Concept (OTC) program will hold its student symposium from noon-5 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 23) at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center.

The student symposium is a half-day activity designed to engage students in critical thinking, diverse dialogues and leadership activities while introducing them to diversity in their careers, communities and platforms beyond college.

Ricky Sherfield, lead coordinator for the Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center (CCAAC), said the OTC student symposium is one of the few conference-style settings that combines diversity and social media, and shows students how to advance one's platform.

“Students will learn tools that will have a lasting impact on their career and be introduced to diversity beyond their community,” Sherfield said. “We have created an innovative way of teaching, learning and communicating through diversity.”

Sherfield added that he is excited to hear the symposium's guest speakers who come from the Innocence Project of Texas.

“The Innocence Project of Texas will share the powerful story of Timothy Cole , and also share with our students about bridging the communication gap in society,” Sherfield said.

The 2014 OTC program is a three-week open-lecture program put on by the CCAAC at Texas Tech. This year's theme is “Bridging the Communication Gap: Globalization, Privilege, Poverty & Sustainability.”

Applications for the student symposium are available at Doak Hall Room 101, online or by request at All students will receive a certificate of completion after attending.

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