Diversity and Inclusivity

Our Strategic Plan—the blueprint for how we make progress as an institution  has as a cornerstone the goal of creating and sustaining a more diverse and inclusive campus. 

Objective: Enhance the diversity and inclusivity of our University community through recruitment and retention of an increasingly diverse population of faculty, administrators, staff, and students, and by implementing initiatives that provide rich diversity-related experiences for all to help ensure their success in an interconnected world.

We will achieve this objective by working collaboratively to create an environment where all of our students, faculty, and staff live or work in an environment of openness and acceptance, and in which people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome.

We are committed to providing an enriching UK experience for all students, faculty, and staff by actively exploring and adopting new initiatives that will expand both the diversity and inclusivity of our campus community.

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Inclusive Excellence Program Grants

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As part of an effort to increase diversity and a sense of belonging across the University of Kentucky campus, the Office for Institutional Diversity has created a grant program that will fund creative proposals for diversity programming.

The Inclusive Excellence Program will fund grants of up to $25,000 for creative diversity programming ideas. The program, which is funded by student fees, was announced during the October 2016 UK Board of Trustees annual retreat.

Inclusive excellence calls for us to increase our awareness of others and to work collectively to challenge our way of thinking and doing. It requires us to engage, teach, listen, and learn.

Inclusive Excellence Program grants are for programs that are student-centric and foster collaborative programming and partnerships among groups, centers, programs, registered student organizations and/or initiatives that are looking to address the importance of diverse views and cultures.

These programs should also educate others on issues of social justice and diversity, increase belonging and engagement of marginalized groups and increase opportunities for collaborative learning around issues of inclusive excellence.

More information and the application for proposals can be found here.

For questions regarding the proposal process, call the Office for Institutional Diversity at 859-257-9293.



During the spring 2016 semester, we asked the campus community to engage in an important conversation, through a campus-wide climate survey that solicited feedback from students, faculty, and staff. More than 8,000 individuals completed the survey.

Our community spoke, and we listened. Our team is now reviewing and analyzing the results, using this vital input to inform campus leadership as we embark on this important initiative. We will be posting summaries of the survey results on a centralized website at the beginning of the fall 2016 semester.

The climate survey is one of many steps the administration - in concert with other campus units and people - has taken over the last academic year. All of our efforts are part of meeting the key priorities in our Strategic Plan and ensuring that our campus is a place that is inclusive, supportive, and welcoming of all people.

Town Hall, Feb. 29, 2016 Presentation

Student Meeting, Feb. 10, 2016 Presentation

Our dedicated website will also provide information on events, programs, the Unconscious Bias Initiative, and engagement opportunities for this important priority. This information and more can be found at: www.uky.edu/unconsciousbias