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Justice, Equity and Inclusivity

Justice, Equity and Inclusivity

We at the College of Health Sciences condemn racism and are committed to eradicating it in our college, our state, and in this country. As a college, our goal is to create a safe, inclusive environment for all—one from which every one of our students emerge as leaders in health care who practice with compassion and cultural humility.

Our tactics to confront this enemy must be both sustainable and systemic. We are engaging with members across our community and implementing the following actions immediately:

  • We will continue this commitment and find ways to create safe space and means through which our faculty, staff, and students can build community, connections, understanding, and have important and necessary conversations. 
  • We will increase our communications and outreach to students and colleagues through regular updates, open virtual forums, and conversations to mitigate isolation and re-build our connections as we prepare for the fall.
  • We will work to better understand, listen, and learn from each other so our college can make decisive and compassionate changes that lead toward greater inclusivity and transform our CHS community. 
  • We will empower a standing committee to be thought leaders to give us direction, redirect our course when needed, and assess the effectiveness of our actions.
  • We are establishing a $100,000 Fund for the Advancement of Justice, Equity, and Inclusivity in the College of Health Sciences.

Messages from Dean Lephart

July 13, 2020

Dear College of Health Sciences community,

On July 6, federal guidelines were announced restricting international students from attending universities who will shift coursework fully online this fall.

I am deeply aware of the fear, confusion, and uncertainty this policy has caused within our international community. At the College of Health Sciences, we welcome students from all backgrounds and cultures, and recognize our community is one that is richer, stronger, and better because of their contributions and knowledge.

Health care is a service industry that demands compassion and respect for all people, and we will continue to educate our students to become practitioners who deliver care with empathy and cultural humility.

At this time, there are less than 10 international students enrolled in our programs.

  • Clinical Leadership and Management: 1
  • Medical Laboratory Science: 1
  • Physical Therapy: 1
  • Rehabilitation Sciences: 1

This is not a comprehensive list and we expect our numbers may grow when international students arrive on campus and complete orientation this fall. Since CHS courses will operate within a hybrid online and face-to-face model, we have determined international students within our college should not be impacted by these regulations.

I join with President Capilouto in expressing my concerns about this policy and agree it will further create the perception that we do not value diversity, inclusivity, and equity for all, as well as causing undue burden on communities who are already facing challenges.

Togetherness does not equal sameness. Our college—and UK—benefit from the diverse perspectives which make our campus whole. The university is currently reaching out to assist all international students and ensure their safety and well-being. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns.

Thank you for making our community better.


Scott Lephart Dean of the UK College of Health Sciences

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