The Humanity Academy is the innovative program offered by UK Human Resources Training and Development Department and is open to staff, faculty and students. All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Students need recommendation from an academic advisor.
  • Staff members must be in good standing, with no past or pending issues with the Employee Relations Department or their work department.
  • Participants must submit a letter of recommendation with the application
  • Participants must be willing and able to attend all five days of the Academy and participate in follow-up activities.

Upon selection, participants spend one week identifying and learning about specific dimensions of diversity through videos, interactive activities and real-life scenarios. As a result of the week’s focus on these dimensions, graduates must be willing and able to act as change agents throughout the UK community and to champion the University’s diversity goals.

Contact: Marietta Watts, (859) 257-9429

Purpose

The purpose of the Humanity Academy is to develop University of Kentucky staff, faculty and students to be change agents within the campus community. These individuals will champion the University’s diversity goals and will be responsible to establish a culture of respect, inclusion and appreciation throughout our local and broader society. Participants will examine the dimensions of diversity as they relate to UK and will examine institutional policies and practices to help establish a culture that encourages and supports human value and dignity.

Objectives

Participants of the Humanity Academy spend one week identifying and learning about specific dimensions of diversity and identity through the use of videos, guest speakers, interactive activities and real-life scenarios. Participants are then expected to attend follow-up sessions, complete assigned readings, and may be called upon to facilitate or otherwise respond to requests for change agents.

Selection Process

Participants for the Humanity Academy are selected through an application process. It is held annually, and each session consists of staff, faculty and students. Applicants must be willing and able to attend all five days of the Academy and are required to participate in follow-up workshops and activities.

Application to Attend

Humanity Academy - Application

Embracing and nurturing diversity is the responsibility of every member of the university community. It must be demonstrated in a clear and convincing way that diversity is an essential value of the university community that informs its every aspect. A genuine commitment to diversity as a core value makes necessary the adoption of a comprehensive view that celebrates diversity as a systemic influence on our conduct as students, faculty, and staff and as members of society.