In 1974, Desidoro (Desi) Ortiz became Director of the Center for Ethnic
Affairs. He carried on many of the programs that Ayers started, and
worked to ensure that funding was being fairly allocated to the various
groups the Center was working with.
In 1975, UNT held its first Minority Awards Banquet, honoring students,
faculty, and staff in the areas of arts, media and sports. This awards
ceremony was held as the final event for the Sharing-in-Growth
In June 1975, Ortiz was accused of indecency with a child. Though he
pled not-guilty, he resigned from his position, and died in a motorcycle
accident in August 1975.