large project Higgins-Hord will head at UK is Americas
Promise: The Alliance for Youth, a program led
by U.S. Gen. Colin Powell and focused on connecting
young people, from birth to age 20, with support that
fulfills five basic promises.
22, 2000 (Lexington, Ky.) Lisa
Higgins-Hord is no stranger to helping students learn the best way they can.
a graduate of the University of Kentuckys College of Human Environmental
Sciences early childhood education master's program, she has worked to provide
educational services to children through Lexingtons Community Action Council, the
Child Care Council of Kentucky, the National Child Research Center in Washington, D.C.,
and more. Now shes come full circle back to UK as the universitys new director
of community relations.
her new position, Higgins-Hord will work with UK communities cities, counties,
states to create challenging, real-world opportunities in which UK students can
learn. She will build networks and form partnerships between the university and
businesses, schools and community programs to reach this goal.
want to establish relationships and form partnerships with the community to get our
students out there, she said. We want students to go out in the community,
make an impact and bring back their experiences. Seeing how they can make a difference in
the community adds a greater perspective to their education.
One large project Higgins-Hord will head at UK is
Americas Promise: The Alliance for Youth, a program led by U.S. Gen.
Colin Powell and focused on connecting young people, from birth to age 20, with support
that fulfills five basic promises. UK has
been deemed a University of Promise by the program, and Higgins-Hord will seek
ways to establish and implement the program on the university campus. UK students will not
only gain a new perspective on community but through the process strengthen the character
and competence of the youth with whom they will work. Several of UK's colleges and
individuals have expressed interest in volunteering, creating programs supported by grants
and other community ventures. Higgins-Hord also will work to form a community
partnership promise with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Governments
mayors office. Lexington was deemed a Community of Promise by the
never know what can happen if youre a volunteer, she said. What your
knowledge can bring to other people or what they may have for you may bring you your most
valuable experiences in life.
her new position, Higgins-Hord also will work with UKs alumni clubs across the
United States to increase participation by minority members. She also is planning to
create and circulate a newsletter on community services that students, faculty and staff
have participated in with UK communities.
Before coming to UK, this former Miss Indiana was assistant
director for Childrens Services at the Community Action Council in Lexington. She
had previously served as project coordinator for the Child Care Council of Kentucky, as
director of Kids Choice Inc. of Lexington, as a teacher with the National Child
Research Center and a tutor serving the CEO's family of Black Entertainment Television. At UK, she has served as an Early Childhood
Laboratory teacher, teaching assistant and project manager of the Lexington Makes It Work
Welfare Reform Evaluation Plan. She also
assisted the dean of the College of Human Environmental Sciences in recruiting students
and developing strategies to serve minority, transfer and new students.
is a board member of the American Lung Association of Kentucky and serves with the
National Association for the Education of Young Children, the National Association on
Family Relations, the UK Association for Early Childhood Education and the Council for
Advancement and Support of Education. She
participates with the Provider Cabinet of Lexington, the Early Childhood Development
Committee, United Way of the Bluegrass and the Chamber of Commerce.
more information about or to participate in Americas Promise,
contact Higgins-Hord at (606) 257-7144 or by clicking