Dr. Judy "J.J." Jackson
Vice President for
Established on the University of Kentucky campus in 1987, the Martin Luther King Center, formally the Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center has been a vital resource, providing year-round programs and activities that have focused on the importance of cultural awareness and cross-cultural understanding. The center offers a relaxed and affirming atmosphere that enhances the recruitment and retention of students from diverse backgrounds. Now in its third decade of operation, the center has evolved into a cultural and educational resource facility where all students, as well as faculty and staff of the university can engage each other through cross-cultural exchange and intellectual exploration.
Increasingly, research has shown a vital link between cultural engagement and student success, resulting in increased emphasis on this dynamic in the programmatic offerings of the center. With sharper focus on the critical impact that intercultural engagement has on student success, the MLK Center has increased its focus and support of the academic enterprise. In addition to cultural/educational programs consisting of lectures, concerts, artistic performances, film/video screenings and workshops, faculty involvement in the center has increased through the establishment of the Scholar-in-Residence (SiR). The faculty SiR helps to situate many center programs and activities within the intellectual realm, and engages students and faculty in meaningful exploration and academic discourse. See the MLK Center website for scheduling details of programs and events.