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Poster for Shepard - Byrd Event


Redefining Hate Crimes: The Legacies of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr.


Thursday, August 27

12:00 pm

UK Athletics Auditorium of the William T. Young Library


A member the Shepard Family, attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Law, and others will discuss the history and implications surrounding the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

Attendees may submit panel questions prior to the event using #DOJatUK on Twitter.

This event is organized by:
UK Office of LGBTQ* Resources
UK Martin Luther King Center
UK Office of the President
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of KY



UK Martin Luther King Center Hosts Dialogue on Stereotype Threat


As part of its Lunch & Learn series, the UK MLK Center brought in UK President Eli Capilouto and former UK Vice President for Institutional Diversity Judy "J.J." Jackson to lead a discussion on stereotype threat. The event took place Dec. 10, 2014 in the UK Student Center's Worsham Theater.



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Gerald Smith Named Newest Anderson Laureate


At Kentucky’s recent 28th Annual Equal Employment Opportunity Conference, the Commonwealth’s Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer and Arthur Lucas, executive director of the state Office of Diversity and Equality, presented the annual Charles W. Anderson Laureate Award to Gerald L. Smith, associate professor of history in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences.


Anderson Laureates, the highest honor bestowed by the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet, are given to individuals recognized for significant contributions to equal opportunity in their communities.


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