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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.

Our Response

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.

Learn more about the DEI Implementation Plan organizational structure


Faculty and Staff

Investment in Faculty and TA Professional Development

Employee Recruitment and Retention 

Create a Faculty Advisory Group 

Create a Staff Advisory Group 

Expand and Restructure Roles of College and Unit DEI Officers


Redesign UK101 Module

Implement Student Experience Module

Develop Mini-Internship Program 

Create a Student Advisory Group 

Student Gathering Space



Culture, Policies and Programming

Empanel a Committee on Responsible Speech

Facilities and Finances

Create a Diversity and Inclusivity Campus Plan

Create an Art Fund for Capital Projects

Expand Supplier Diversity Purchasing Program 



UNited In True racial Equity (UNITE) Research Alliance

Expand Postdoctoral Programs

Community Outreach

Create a Community Advisory Group

graphic depicting seventeen projects

The DEI Implementation Plan initiatives aligned with the university's strategic plan.