Greetings from the Founder

Dennis Kennedy

Dennis KennedyAs founder of the National Diversity Council, I would like to welcome you to the third edition of the 2012 Texas Diversity Council Newsletter. As fall approaches, I am very excited to share with you details about the plethora of upcoming events, which will take place in your community.

High School Students Gather at Rice University for the Annual DiversityFirst™ Youth Leadership Program

The Texas Diversity Council held its annual DiversityFirst™ Youth Leadership Program at Rice University on June 4, 2012 through June 8, 2012 with 9th and 10th grade inner city students from around the Houston area. The focus for this year's program was to educate the students about several different careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic (STEM) fields.

Healthcare Diversity Summits Underway

The Texas Diversity Healthcare Council (TXDHC) once again launched a series of Healthcare Diversity Summits across their markets. This year’s theme is "Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Competence in Healthcare". These summits promote dialogue, awareness, and support to organizational culture and diversity development strategies within the healthcare communities. Although is it a Healthcare Summit, attendance was made up of not only health related entities, but also of various corporate, academia, non-profit and community participants. The format includes a breakfast and networking opportunity followed by presentations and a panel discussion. The audience has an opportunity to also ask questions throughout the sessions.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Receives Lex Frieden Employment Award from Office of Governor Rick Perry

Each year during the month of October (National Disability Employment Awareness Month), through the office of the Governor Rick Perry, a local committee in Texas hosts the Annual Employment Awards Ceremony, and the winners in each of several categories are introduced to an appreciative audience. Award categories include large, medium, and small employers, as well as non-profit employers, the Entrepreneurship Award, Martha Arbuckle Award and the Governor’s Trophy.

Texas Diversity Council Launches Corpus Christi Advisory Board

The Texas Diversity Council (TXDC) is excited to announce the launch of the Corpus Christi Advisory Board. Since its launch in 2004, the Texas Diversity Council (TXDC) has established FIVE state councils throughout the state of Texas. The Councils serve the greater Metropolitan Areas of Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and recently Fort Worth. Corpus Christi has now been added to the list.


Advisory Board opportunity

Board of Directors opportunity

National Newsletter Committee


September 14Women in Leadership SymposiumGreater Fort Worth

September 21Healthcare SummitsGreater Dallas

October 18Annual Best Practices & DiversityFIRST™ Awards LuncheonsCentral Texas

October 23Annual Best Practices & DiversityFIRST™ Awards LuncheonsGreater San Antonio

October 31Annual Best Practices & DiversityFIRST™ Awards LuncheonsGulf Coast

November 7Healthcare SummitsGreater San Antonio

November 15Women’s SummitGreater Dallas

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