Texas Tech University

University to Host Celebrate Diversity Awards Banquet

Lucy Greenberg

November 16, 2021

The banquet will include award presentations honoring Texas Tech and Lubbock community members and a keynote address from Emmy Award-winning journalist Elizabeth Vargas.

Celebrate Diversity Awards Banquet

WHAT:  Texas Tech University's Office of Institutional Diversity will host its annual Celebrate Diversity Awards Banquet 
WHEN:  7 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 18) 
WHERE:  Frazier Alumni Pavilion, 2680 Drive of Champions, Texas Tech campus 
EVENT: This is an annual event that generates scholarship funds for deserving students, while also recognizing those within the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities who exemplify inclusive excellence.  
This year, Margaret L. Williams, dean of the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business and Fernando Valle, interim department chair for the inaugural Department of Special Education in the College of Education, will be recognized as recipients of the Inclusive Excellence Award. Eddie McBride, retiring president of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, also will be honored as the recipient of the Senator Robert L. Duncan Community Champion Award.  
The evening's keynote speaker will be Elizabeth Vargas, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, author and addiction recovery advocate. Vargas hosts “America's Most Wanted” on Fox and also hosted the hit newsmagazine show “20/20” on ABC for 15 years. She also was co-anchor of “World News Tonight,” and news anchor and frequent host of “Good Morning America.” 

Cory Powell 
Director, Office of Institutional Diversity, Texas Tech University 
(806) 834-0991