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National Graduate, Professional School Talent Acquisition Scholar and Leader Joins UK

The University of Kentucky is pleased to welcome Damon L. Williams, Jr., UK’s new associate vice president in the Office for Institutional Diversity.  

'Behind the Blue': The Neighborhood Healers Project with Candice Hargons

The Neighborhood Healers Project, a new pilot project led by University of Kentucky researchers, aims to reduce this equity gap by addressing the stigma and helping Black Lexingtonians access the mental health services they need.

Where We Stand: DEI Project 14

Motivated by a continual commitment to reflection and renewal, Project 14: Expand Supplier Diversity Purchasing Program, has made significant progress. The goal of this project is to increase UK’s expenditures with diverse suppliers. This team also considers similar opportunities around Kentucky and throughout the country.

UK HDI Staff Lead the Conversation on the Meaning of Disability Pride

Disability Pride Month is celebrated in July to commemorate the ADA’s passing into law and to honor the disability rights activists who fought for what the rest of the nation had gained decades prior.

UK Named to Forbes List of Best Employers for Women 2022

The University of Kentucky has been named to the Forbes list of America’s Best Employers for Women. This is the university’s first year on the list — appearing as number 88 out of 400 companies. UK is among the top 10 companies in the education space.

UK Libraries Recognizes Reinette Jones as 2022 Willis Award Recipient

Currently serving as a member of the SCRC in community outreach, reference, research, and as an affiliate with African American and Africana Studies in the UK College of Arts and Sciences, Jones has developed several important resources for researchers at UK and beyond, including the research guide for lesbian studies and the Notable Kentucky African Americans (NKAA) Database.

Education Dean’s Latest Paper Focuses on School Finance Policy and Civil Rights

A newly published analysis of how dollars are distributed to schools in the U.S. posits that funding allocation models continue to disadvantage those in low-income communities, despite long-standing evidence that equitable funding is critical to students’ capacity to learn and achieve. 

Where We Stand: DEI Project 5

The goal of this project is to identify core sets of knowledge and resources that each diversity officer must possess and then explore how diversity officers can empower each other and the community through the sustainable change we all seek. 

Stanley and Karen Pigman Funding First-Generation Dreams at UK

This past year, the Pigmans created a scholarship program in the University of Kentucky Office for Student Success that expands their scholarship reach: first-generation students pursuing degrees outside the College of Engineering.

How These Online Doctorate of Social Work Grads Are Making History

The power of perseverance. We hear this word all the time, but what exactly does it mean? By textbook definition, it is “persistence despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.” But the true meaning of perseverance is better understood through a historic group of graduates at the University of Kentucky. Though each has a unique story to share, together, they are breaking barriers at UK, across the Commonwealth and beyond.

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