Texas Tech Welcomes U.S. Poet Laureate for Celebrate Diversity Awards Banquet

Juan Felipe Herrera will be the keynote speaker for the fifth annual banquet, hosted by the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement

WHAT:           Celebrate Diversity Awards Banquet

WHEN:           7 p.m. Monday (Oct. 5)

WHERE:         McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center, 17th Street and University Avenue

Texas Tech University’s Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement welcomes 2015 U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera as the keynote speaker Monday (Oct. 5) for the fifth annual Celebrate Diversity Awards Banquet.

The banquet provides an opportunity to honor individuals who are advancing and encouraging diversity on the Texas Tech campus and Lubbock community.

Herrera was appointed as the nation’s 21st poet laureate earlier this year, becoming the first Mexican-American to hold the position. Herrera is the author of 30 books, including collections of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels and picture books for children.

Past speakers of the banquet include renowned actors Edward James Olmos and Terrence Howard, CNN and HBO correspondent Soledad O’Brien, and John Quiñones, anchor of ABC’s “What Would You Do?”

General tickets are $75 while VIP tickets are $100. All proceeds benefit student scholarships. Sponsorship opportunities also are available.

To purchase tickets, call (806) 742-8692 or visit the Division of Institutional Diversity’s website.

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CONTACT: Cory Powell, director, Mentor Tech, Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-0991 or cory.powell@ttu.edu.