Equal Opportunity Panel Presents Awards

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Photo of (l-r) UK President Lee T. Todd Jr.; Anna Allen Edwards, Deneese Jones, Lynda Brown-Wright, and Lauretta Byars
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(l-r) UK President Lee T. Todd Jr.; Anna Allen Edwards, director, UK Chandler Medical Center Office for Multicultural and Academic Affairs; Deneese Jones, chair, UK President’s Commission on Diversity; Lynda Brown-Wright, co-director, UK African American Studies and Research Program; and Lauretta Byars, associate provost, UK Office for Multicultural and Academic Affairs.

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The Equal Opportunity Panel provides advice on all university-wide matters of equal opportunity in accordance with UK Administrative Regulations. The panel monitors and assesses plans and programs that ensure equal opportunity, facilitates development and implementation of diversity, and designs general ways that assist university officials in exercising their responsibilities to assure equal opportunity and a supportive campus environment.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 26, 2004) -- The University of Kentucky Equal Opportunity Panel presented the inaugural Equal Opportunity Awards today to five UK departments and programs. The newly created honors recognize existing programs and services that support the provision of equal opportunities to the campus community.

“The Equal Opportunity Panel is extremely pleased to recognize the recipients of the first Equal Opportunity Awards for the programs they will implement to make UK a more inclusive learning environment for all faculty, staff and students,” said Lauretta Byars, associate provost, Office for Multicultural and Academic Affairs.

The 2004 winners are:

• UK Chandler Medical Center for Multicultural and Academic Affairs: in support of their traditional “Rites of Passage” ceremony, celebrating the accomplishments of its honorees, acknowledging the contributions of their “elders” and ancestors, and seeking to promote a sense of goodwill among students, faculty and staff.
President’s Commission on Diversity: in recognition of the commission’s efforts to create baseline data important for improving programs, achieving larger institutional goals, and providing concrete evidence about the links between diversity, staffing needs, faculty scholarship and student learning.
African American Studies and Research Program: in recognition of the program’s efforts to recognize, highlight and examine issues that are central to the lives of African-American women, including their historical and contemporary roles in their community and beyond through the annual Black Women’s Conference.
Disability Resource Center: in recognition of the center’s efforts to create university-wide programming to highlight artists and/or lecturers whose work expresses modern day life, culture, history and living with a disability.
UK chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS): in recognition of the chapter’s active participation in promoting diversity throughout the UK College of Agriculture and the general university community.

Winners were selected by the Equal Opportunity Panel to receive financial awards based on the availability of funds.

The Equal Opportunity Panel provides advice on all university-wide matters of equal opportunity in accordance with UK Administrative Regulations. The panel monitors and assesses plans and programs that ensure equal opportunity, facilitates development and implementation of diversity, and designs general ways that assist university officials in exercising their responsibilities to assure equal opportunity and a supportive campus environment.


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