LUBBOCK, TX -- A $1 million gift was announced Monday morning to Texas Tech University's Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering from ConocoPhillips, according to a press release.
The gift will work towards establishing a "student recruitment and support center" in the College of Engineering according to the press release, and is aimed at recruiting diverse groups and providing academic support services for engineering students.
To help increase more diverse enrollment, the center will invite students from diverse Texas school districts (historically underrepresented groups) to visit the college and experience campus life firsthand, as well as extend an invitation to the Whitacre College of Engineering Showcase to high school guidance counselors and advisers.
The center will be named the ConocoPhillips Center for Engineering Enrichment and Diversity in recognition of the gift, and will host the ConocoPhillips Diversity Lecture Series, a semiannual lecture series on diversity and enrichment in the workplace.
Tom Mathiasmeier, ConocoPhillips president and Texas Tech alum, said the gift was a continuation of the relationship between ConocoPhillips and Texas Tech.
“We’re pleased to continue our longstanding commitment to the Texas Tech engineering program," Mathiasmeier said. "Diversity and inclusion is a priority for us at ConocoPhillips, and we’re proud to be able to extend this important initiative to the engineering students at Texas Tech.”