2017 Diversity Awards Ceremony and Soirée

Each year the ODCE recognizes the contributions of UT Dallas faculty, staff, students, and community partners who advance the UT Dallas diversity mission, goals and programs. The Diversity Awards Ceremony and Soirée was established eight years ago to celebrate and highlight how diversity enables and empowers our community to reach the highest levels of excellence. The program is an extraordinary display of the accomplishments of champions of diversity and attended by more than 250 students, faculty, staff, corporations and community partners.

The theme for the Diversity Awards Ceremony and Soirée this year is “ODCE: Ten years of building a diverse and inclusive university.” This year’s host for the event is Matthew Polze, senior lecturer, associate dean, Undergraduate Programs Accounting at the University of Texas at UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management.

Other features of the event will include special award presentations, musical selections from UT Dallas students and the winners of Diversity Poetry Competition Showcase. The soirée will feature food from various cultural regions of the world (catered by Chartwells Catering). Soiree entertainment includes the Garland High School Theta Nu Sigma Step Team and the UT Dallas Bangladesh Student Association Dancers. Music provided by the Texas Instruments Jazz Band, Mariachi Michoacan, the Edd M Phillippine Dance Company and other invited entertainment.

2017 Diversity Award Ceremony

2017 Diversity Awards Recipients

Jessica Munoz
Student Diversity Award
Jessica Munoz, marketing senior
Jazmyne Brown
Staff Diversity Award
Jazmyne Brown, advisor, Enrollment Services
Dr. Melissa Hernandez-Katz
Inclusive Excellence and Intercultural Engagement Teaching Award
Dr. Melissa Hernandez-Katz
Stephanie Ngo and Jane Gu
Diversity Slam Poetry Competition 1st Place Winners
Stephanie Ngo, biology senior, and Jane Gu, biology senior
Hallyu UTD
Student Organization Diversity Award
Hallyu UTD
Dallas Jewish Community Foundation
Community Champion of Diversity Award
Dallas Jewish Community Foundation
Corporate Diversity Award
Corporate Diversity Award