Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Implementation Plan
Meaningful and Sustainable Change
The university's diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) implementation plan is a collaborative, systemic response to a systemic challenge. Over the years, faculty members, staff, students and community champions have dedicated their time to advancing diversity and equity at UK. This implementation plan is designed to empower those agents of change, embolden existing DEI efforts and introduce additional initiatives to engage more of our community in this work.
We understand that working in allyship and dismantling institutionalized oppression in higher education is not a project to complete. Instead, it is a continuous, multigenerational endeavor that requires all of us. To be clear, we use the term "projects" strictly for nomenclature purposes given the amount and breadth of initiatives, but we know that you are not a project.
Reflecting the comprehensive nature of this work, the university identified six broad workstreams — for faculty and staff; students; culture, policies and programming; facilities and finances; research; and community outreach — that encompass 17 initiatives. The 17 distinct efforts range from expanding professional development opportunities, to creating a diversity and inclusivity campus plan.