About Us

The Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives (CGPDI) is committed to supporting an inclusive community of scholars through the recruitment and retention of underrepresented and other historically marginalized students. CGPDI supports the university's diversity and inclusivity efforts by promoting community, academic excellence, and professional development in graduate and professional programs.

The services provided are guided by a desire to create a community of scholars who are, and will become, leaders in the academy, industry, and society. 

 

Support Communities Professional Development

Campus & Community Engagement

Educational programs, developmental mentoring opportunities, and co-curricular experiences to participates.  Each group consists of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

Assist graduate students in developing core competencies that are at the heart of graduate education and can be applied to multiple career paths.

Opportunities to have meaningful engagement with the UK community and the Lexington community.

Sisters Circle:
Women of color support community is an outlet of authenticity. In conjunction with the MLK Center.
Workshops:
Support students in navigating higher education, advance career and professional development, balance personal and professional responsibilities.
Experiential Learning:
Learning through reflection on doing. Participants engage in positive interactions, and meaningful dialogue related to professional and personal development, often related to identity.
My Brother’s Keeper:
Men of color support community is a dialogue based empowerment group. In conjunction with the MLK Center.
Funding Opportunities:
Encourage student professional development and networking through attendance or active participation at academic, professional meetings, conferences, and study abroad opportunities, by helping defray the associated costs.
Service Learning:
Integrating meaningful community service with reflection to enrich the learning experience.
OUTGrads:
LGBTQ* support community focused on the intersections of gender, sexual orientation, and race. In conjunction with the LGBTQ* Resource Center.
Mentoring:
Connecting faculty and students of color for networking sessions around academics, engagement, development. In addition, students learn and practice mentorship with undergraduate peers.
Meaningful Interactions:
Drop-in office hours for students to connect with CGPDI staff and resources. Discussions about academic, social, professional, and personal experiences.
  Writing Meetups:
Support students in navigating higher education, advance career and professional development, balance personal and professional responsibilities.