Texas Tech was the only four-year institution in Texas to receive the award, recognizing
a commitment to diversity.
Texas Tech University received recognition Sept. 27 for its commitment to diversity
by the Minority Access Inc.
organization during its ninth National Role Models Conference in Arlington, Va.
“Texas Tech was nominated for the award because of our increasing visibility as a
state and national leader in approaches to realizing diversity in higher education,”
said Juan Munoz, special assistant to the president for institutional diversity.
“This national recognition makes abundantly clear that Texas Tech is helping to set
the standard for effective practices and outcomes related to diversity, equity and
inclusive excellence on college and university campuses.”
Texas Tech was the only four-year institution in Texas to receive this award. Through
programs led by the Office of Institutional Diversity
, the Cross Cultural Academic Advancement Center
and individual colleges and campus units, Texas Tech is making the necessary and
coordinated investments to create a high caliber learning environment where all members
of the university community can be individually and collectively successful, said
Minority Access Inc.
is a non-profit educational organization that supports individuals, academic institutions,
government agencies and various corporations to diversify campuses and work sites
by improving the recruitment, retention and enhancement of minorities. The organization
also provides technical assistance to minorities and minority-serving institutions
in order to improve the higher educational, professional and managerial employment
The organization cooperates with the Office of Minority Health
of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health
to help close the health disparities gap between minorities and the general population.
“Minority Access seeks to increase the participation of minorities in biomedical
research by identifying and honoring as role models exemplary students to help increase
the pool of researchers,” said Munoz. “As an extension of that goal, Minority Access
identifies and recognizes institutions such as Texas Tech that are committed to diversity.”