Ceremony To Kick Off Open Teaching Concept Program

This year's program focuses on bridging the communication gap.

The Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center (CCAAC) will hold the opening ceremony of its Open Teaching Concept (OTC): Teaching Diversity Across The Curriculum, at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 in the Student Union Building's Matador Room.

The ceremony will include the recognition of faculty participants as well as an address by keynote speaker Franco Parisi, former independent presidential candidate of Chile and visiting professor at Texas Tech University.

The event will celebrate the entry into OTC and the 2014 theme, Bridging the Communication Gap: Globalization, Privilege, Poverty & Sustainability.

Aliza Wong, co-coordinator of the 2014 OTC program, said this year's program has been expanded to include 25 open lectures throughout all the colleges and university libraries, an opening ceremony and a social media symposium.

“It is our goal that our students discover new ways of tackling the larger issues of communication, globalization, privilege, poverty and sustainability,” Wong said. “Our hope is that they begin to understand how we as scholars communicate with one another to problem solve, and that they find their own vocabulary within which to find their own paths and voices.”

The OTC lectures will take place from Oct. 6 through Oct. 29. For a complete schedule of program events and lecture topics, see attached documents.

The opening ceremony is open to all Texas Tech administrators, faculty, staff and students as well as the media. A reception will immediately follow.

Additional information is available at the OTC Facebook page.

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CONTACT: Ricky Sherfield Jr., lead coordinator, Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center, Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-8681 or ricky.sherfield@ttu.edu.