2019 Diversity Awards Ceremony and Soirée

The University of Texas at Dallas hosted its 10th annual Diversity Awards Ceremony and Soiree on April 18, 2019, at the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center in honor of faculty, staff, students and community partners who work to make UT Dallas an inclusive and welcoming campus.

This year’s celebration featured performances by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, the My Possibilities Choir, the UTD Jazz Ensemble, Radio UTD, Bangladesh Student Organization dancers, Mariachi Caporales and the winner of the Diversity Storytelling Competition, as well as food from around the world. Alireza Nourani-Dargiri, president of the Student Diversity Advisory Council, and Ayesha Ahmad, vice president of the council, served as masters of ceremonies.

The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement hosted the first diversity awards ceremony in 2010 to recognize the accomplishments of champions of the University’s diversity mission, goals and programs. The event benefits the University’s Diversity Scholarship Program, which also was created in 2010 to increase the diversity of students enrolling at the University. “The University could not carry out its commitment to diversity and inclusion without the many contributions of our students, staff, faculty and community partners,” said Dr. George Fair, vice president for diversity and community engagement and dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, ahead of the program. “We look forward to recognizing these champions of diversity at our 10th annual awards event.”

Award recipients include the African Student Union and Katherine Roldan, a mechanical engineering junior and campus leader who serves on UT Dallas’ Diversity Outreach Team. The organization Big Howdy, a collaboration of organizations and volunteers that transported 1,167 international students from the airport when they arrived in the U.S., received the Community Champion of Diversity Award. The University established the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement in 2007 to provide leadership for diversity initiatives. The office oversees a range of programs to promote diversity, including the Galerstein Gender Center, the Department of Institutional Diversity Initiatives, the Multicultural Center and the Department of Community Engagement. UT Dallas has been recognized as one of the most diverse campuses in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

2019 Diversity Award Ceremony

2019 Diversity Awards Recipients

Katherine Roldan
Student Diversity Award
Katherine Roldan
Carmen Tanner
Staff Diversity Award
Carmen Tanner
Dr. Olivia Banner
Inclusive Excellence and Intercultural Engagement Teaching Award
Dr. Olivia Banner
Jashandeep Singh Kaleka
Diversity Slam Story Competition 1st Place Winner
Jashandeep Singh Kaleka
African Student Union
Student Organization Diversity Award
African Student Union
Big Howdy
Community Champion of Diversity Award
Big Howdy
Raytheon
Corporate Diversity Award
Raytheon