Office for Diversity and Inclusion

Office for Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is one of the assets of West Texas A&M University. Our perspective of academic excellence specifically includes multiple aspects of diversity. Academic excellence results in part, from opportunities to create, interact, and benefit from association with others.

Women in Pearl Empowerment Dinner

Women in Pearls Empowerment Dinner

The Women in Pearls empowerment dinner is an annual fundraiser for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at West Texas A&M University. Proceeds will benefit diversity initiatives, as well as a scholarship for a female student.

Debra McCarttThis year’s keynote speaker is Debra McCartt, who was the first woman to be elected Mayor for the City of Amarillo. She is native to the Texas Panhandle, as well as a volunteer, leader and activist for the Panhandle and Texas. A University of Texas Arlington alumnus and previous school teacher, Debra will share her powerful story of empowerment being raised by a single working mother, which greatly impacted her life. Debra was President of the Texas Municipal League, which oversees legislation for municipalities in Texas. She has recently been tapped to serve on the State Refugee Services Board, overseeing most of the refugees in Texas, as well as working on trafficking issues in the State of Texas. Debra is currently director of community relations for the Embassy Suites Hotel in Amarillo.

Tickets for the events are $35 for an individual, $300 for a table of eight and $500 for a VIP table of eight, which includes meeting Debra at a private reception before the event. One can also purchase tickets or tables to gift to students so that they can attend at no cost to themselves. All attendees who purchase a ticket or make a donation will be entered into a drawing for a strand of genuine pearls. This will definitely be a special night for women in our community.

Want to help but can’t attend? We are also looking for sponsors who are willing to donate gifts for the drawings. We are seeking gift cards, dinners and complementary services. Anything you would like to donate would be greatly appreciated.

R.S.V.P. by April 18 to attend this evening of empowerment! Simply click here to register and pay. You may also R.S.V.P. for this intimate and inspiring event by calling Lisa Hoff Davis at 806.651.2990. Thank you for your consideration!

Rogers Lead WT

Student Body President Edward Akinyemi - Welcome to WT

Diversity Events

Men of Honor
12:15-1 p.m. Wednesday • April 10
JBK Student Center, Thunder Room

BSU Kids Fun Day & Easter Egg Hunt
10 a.m.- 2p.m. Saturday • April 13
WT Campus Old Main South Lawn
Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 a.m.
Variety of activities for all ages to follow
Admission: donations for Snack Pak 4 Kids of Canyon
Small jars of peanut butter, Fruit Roll-ups or Capri Sun

BSU Field Day
6-10 p.m. Saturday • April 13
Terrill Lawn
Pie in the face contest, Easter egg hunt, social media scavenger hunt and movie showing of "The BlacKkKlansman"

Movies & Communities
"Rich Crazy Asians"

Noon-4 p.m. Thursday • April 18
Dr. Johnny & Jana Trotter Lecture Hall
Happy State Bank Academic & Research Building

Women in Pearls Empowerment Dinner 6 p.m. Monday • April 22 • In the Moment Parties & Events • 707 S. Polk, Amarillo

Donning of the Stoles
6 p.m. Friday • May 10
Alumni Banquet Hall



more events coming soon

Request for Diversity Training

WT student with professor in Art class WTAMU students taking notes in class

WTAMU students in a lab looking into a microscopeWTAMU students playing the fluteWT students doing the can-can WTAMU students holding their nation's flags

WT students meeting in the College of Business WTAMU students celebrating the Day of the Dead