Dr. Judy "JJ" Jackson
Vice President for Institutional Diversity
A Community of Inclusion
Greetings from the University of Kentucky’s Office for Institutional Diversity. This site provides information and links to the wealth of programs, activities, initiatives and statistics that focus on UK’s abiding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The promise of a quality education is premised on the assurance that students will live and learn within a diverse and inclusive campus community.
At UK, the concept of diversity embraces the many characteristics of human differences, including race/ethnicity, sexual identity/orientation, ideas and world views, national origin, gender, religion, age, physical ability, socio-economic status, and life experiences, to name some of those most commonly cited. These differences unite us in the recognition of a common goal—for each member of the university community to contribute without hindrance to the progress that we make in improving life, both for the whole institution and beyond our campus.
In a diverse community, consensus is not always the goal, but enlightenment, fairness and mutual respect are always the intended outcomes. As a community of inclusion, we strive not only to celebrate the diversity among us, but also to allow ourselves to be challenged, affirmed, renewed and possibly transformed through our engagement across differences.
By making diversity a strategic goal of the institution, one achieved through curricular and co-curricular avenues, UK strives to improve the climate for learning and prepare students for meaningful and responsible engagement across diverse communities well beyond their UK years. It is a timeless process that cannot always be measured in quantitative terms, but one to which we are committed.
We hope you find this site useful and informative, and we invite you to visit campus and seize any opportunity to be a part of UK’s promise.
—Judy “JJ” Jackson, Vice President for Institutional Diversity
Since our establishment in 1865, the University of Kentucky has been home to the Commonwealth’s hopes and dreams. As the state’s indispensable institution, it has served as a hub for education and opportunity delivering new ideas and innovation to every corner of the state.
As Kentucky’s flagship land-grant university, a “diversity of community” is pivotal if we hope to serve our state’s best interests. Strong diversity among our faculty, students and staff is the best way that we can ensure accomplishment of these goals and thereby place UK among the best universities in the world that deliver on this promise. A philosophy of openness and inclusivity free from ignorance assures that we educate and prepare students to work and live in a global society.
Our work does not stop there; we must be open to a “diversity of ideas” – not for the sake of our institution, but because the creation and discovery of knowledge improves conditions in Kentucky, throughout the nation and across the world. As a nationally ranked, pre-eminent research university, UK’s greatest strength exists in the opportunity for everyone to share a positive and free exchange of ideas.
Both principles are critical in building an inclusive community, one committed to lifting people out of poverty, improving the general health of the population, extinguishing illiteracy and providing education as a common good.
I hope you take some time to learn more about the university’s strategic efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive campus community. More importantly, I hope you will take it upon yourself to seize or create the opportunity to contribute positively toward this goal.
—Eli Capilouto, President