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.

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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