Hosted by Student Union & Activities and the Diversity Week Committee, the week promotes the understanding and importance of diversity on and off campus.
At noon today (March 19), the Texas Tech University Division of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion officially kicks off Diversity Week at the Student Union Building (SUB) Courtyard with free food, entertainment and resources from various multicultural student organizations. The week of events is dedicated to celebrating and understanding the importance of diversity throughout the community and Texas Tech.
Student Union & Activities administrator Kelsey Jackson said learning how diverse the community is also provides attendees the opportunity to realize just how diverse and unique they are as individuals. With almost 40 different events, she said there is practically something for everyone.
“It is important for everyone to check out at least one event this week, because college is an opportunity to expand your horizons, to learn and experience things you may not have gotten the chance to do otherwise,” Jackson said. “This celebration allows the diversity at Texas Tech to really shine and educate students on the many groups, ideas of thought and backgrounds that come together to make the community so great.”
The week will conclude on Sunday (March 25) at the end of the three-day Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit, hosted by the Office of LGBTQIA. This is the first time the university has hosted the summit, which brings together individuals who are committed to inclusion, access and equity within higher education.
Throughout the week, visitors to the SUB will be able to share their thoughts on a Unity Post-it® Note Wall set up across from Barnes & Noble. Other events during Diversity Week include panel discussions, film screenings, classroom presentations, fitness classes and free activities.
Some of the events throughout the week include:
- United Blood Drive, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday (March 19 and 20) in the SUB Red Raider Lounge
- Allies Program: Faculty Panel on Experiences with LGBTQIA Individuals and Topics of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, noon Tuesday (March 20) in the Teaching, Learning & Professional Development Center, Room 153
- Diversity Fair, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday (March 20) in the SUB Red Raider Ballroom
- Ninth Annual Texas Tech Drag Show, 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) Wednesday (March 21) in the SUB Red Raider Ballroom
- Late Night Movie: Coco, 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday (March 22 and 23), SUB Escondido Theatre
- Graduate Student Advisory Council Cricket Tournament, 2-5 p.m. Friday (March 23), Urbanovsky Park
The week is presented by the Diversity Week Committee in collaboration with several campus organizations, departments and groups. For a full schedule and list of sponsors, go to Texas Tech's Diversity Week website.