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UTSA and Texas Diversity Council to honor DiversityFIRST Award winners

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(Oct. 14, 2011) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio and the Greater San Antonio Advisory Board, a member of the Texas Diversity Council, will partner to honor corporations and individuals fostering diversity in business at the eighth annual Best Practices and DiversityFIRST Awards luncheon 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19 at The Club at Sonterra, 901 Sonterra Blvd., San Antonio, Texas, 78258.

From 9 to 11 a.m., the Texas Diversity Council will offer two best-practices sessions exploring diversity in the workplace: "Collaboration vs. Collision" and "Disabilities in the Workplace" are free and open to the public.

At the 11:30 a.m. luncheon, the Texas Diversity Council will honor corporations and individuals for their commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion among businesses. UTSA President Ricardo Romo will present the keynote address with the theme "Embracing Inclusion: Education in a World of Differences." This year, Romo was appointed by President Obama to the White House Advisory Commission on Hispanic Education.

The Greater San Antonio Advisory Board (GSAAB), a nonprofit organization, is committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity and inclusion and is an opportunity for organizations to learn from top corporate leaders in both areas. GSAAB is a member of the Texas Diversity Council.

For more information, visit the Texas Diversity Council website or contact Angeles Valenciano at 210-379-7104.


DiversityFIRST honorees

Corporate Commitment Awards

  • Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
  • Humana Inc.
  • The Harvey Najim Foundation
  • San Antonio Spurs
  • Trinity University

Individual Awards

  • Catherine Burzik, president and CEO, Kinetic Concepts Inc. (KCI)
  • Winston Erevelles, dean, St. Mary's University School of Science, Technology and Engineering
  • Phyllis Gallay, site director, BD North America Shared Service Center
  • Juan Reyna, president and CEO, Urology San Antonio
  • Rita Russ, dean, University of the Incarnate Word Virtual University



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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