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ConocoPhillips Donates $1 million to Texas Tech

Gift will establish center to support student recruitment, retention and diversity in Whitacre College of Engineering.
LUBBOCK -- ConocoPhillips and Texas Tech University announced a $1 million gift to establish a student recruitment and support center in the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering from ConocoPhillips. 

The new center will be named the ConocoPhillips Center for Engineering Enrichment and Diversity for a period of five years in recognition of the companys contribution. 

Located in the Engineering Center Building, the Center will enhance recruiting efforts among historically underrepresented groups and serve as a central location for student academic support services within the Whitacre College of Engineering. The center also will unite existing programs to better serve current and prospective engineering students at Texas Tech in support of the colleges goal to increase student diversity over the next five years.

The center will house the ConocoPhillips Bridge Program, which provides academic skills training, tutoring, peer mentoring and other academic support services for incoming freshmen engineering students, as well as the ConocoPhillips Diversity Lecture Series, which provides semiannual lectures on diversity and inclusivity in the workplace.

"We are truly grateful for the continued generosity of ConocoPhillips," said Chancellor Kent Hance. "They have been great corporate partners over the years, and this $1 million gift will further Texas Techs commitment to providing the top services and resources for our engineering students to succeed."

The center will also support a number of existing student diversity programs within the Whitacre College of Engineering, including the Figuerora Family Enrichment Program, the Joella Childress Carlyon Phoenix Program and the colleges tutoring programs. It also will support and coordinate activities for the colleges alliance of student diversity organizations, providing guest lectures, internship opportunities and other activities for student members. 
 
"Our industrys future success depends on a highly talented, innovative, diverse and technical workforce," said Tom Mathiasmeier, ConocoPhillips president, North America Gas & Power, and Texas Tech alumnus. "We're pleased to continue our longstanding commitment to the Texas Tech engineering program by establishing the ConocoPhillips Center for Engineering Enrichment and Diversity. Diversity and inclusion is a priority for us at ConocoPhillips and were proud to be able to extend this important initiative to the engineering students at Texas Tech."

To help increase enrollments of underrepresented groups in engineering programs, the center will expand the colleges recruiting efforts in diverse Texas school districts. Select high school students from these districts will be invited to visit the Texas Tech campus in Lubbock to experience college life firsthand, with travel costs provided by the center.

"An important priority for Texas Tech University is the diversity of our student body and offering opportunities and support to ensure their success," said M. Duane Nellis, Texas Tech University President. "Through this generous gift from ConocoPhillips, our engineering students will benefit from the enhancement of what is already a thriving, productive and student-centered environment. Thank you to ConocoPhillips for its contribution to our mission of educating students."

The center also will invite guidance counselors and advisers from select school districts to visit Texas Tech for the ConocoPhillips Engineering Weekend Showcase, a two-day campus event highlighting the Whitacre College of Engineering and the student diversity and support programs available through the ConocoPhillips Center for Engineering Enrichment and Diversity.
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