Monday (March 23) marks the beginning of a weeklong diversity celebration on the Texas Tech University campus where faculty, staff and students will have the chance to celebrate their roots and better understand the importance of diversity in today's society.
"Diversity Week is a vital component of Texas Tech's strong commitment to inclusive excellence," said Juan Muñoz, senior vice president for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement and vice provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs. "This weeklong celebration serves to further highlight the many personal, cultural and educational benefits of a diverse academic community."
The weeklong celebration began with a kickoff mixer, hosted by Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, with food, entertainment and resources from various multicultural student organizations on campus.
Several events will occur on campus during the week, including panel discussions, film screenings, a Quidditch match, training opportunities and learning activities for students to better understand the significance of diversity in the community and the Texas Tech campus.
"With the help of 40 different departments and student organizations across campus, we all came together to plan as many events as possible for this year's Diversity Week," said Claire Maginness, head of the Diversity Week committee and unit coordinator for Student Union and Activities. "There are 40 events throughout the week and five weeklong events. Diversity Week has grown exponentially since last year, and this shows that Texas Tech values coming together as one entity to expose students to different experiences and educate them about other people and cultures to better prepare them to be global citizens."
Diversity Week will end Saturday (March 28) with a Holi Festival and diversity showcase at the Texas Tech Rec Fields and Urbanovsky Park hosted by the South Asian Student Association and the Tech Activities Board. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, originated in India and is a time where family and friends throw brightly colored powders at each other to celebrate the coming of spring. The event will include cultural performances, music, free food and T-shirts.
For a full list of events, please visit the Diversity Week website.
Those who participate in Diversity Week are encouraged to share their experiences on social media with the #TTUDiversity15 hashtag.