Pride Employee Resource Group


The Pride Employee Resource Group (affectionately nicknamed the “PERG”) is composed of UK faculty and staff who identify as members and/or friends of an LGBTQ* community. The group meets regularly to celebrate shared community and communicate with one another and the institution. Supported by Institutional Diversity and the Office of LGBTQ* Resources, this group welcomes all UK employees on main campus, in UK HealthCare, and from other university satellites around the commonwealth. Explore our upcoming activities and PERG listserv below. Feel free to contact the group co-chairs with additional questions.



Kristen Mark, Ph.D., MPH, Department of Health Promotion and Kinesiology (Education),


Lance Poston, Ph.D., Institutional Diversity and Department of Gender and Women's Studies (Arts and Sciences),


Ellen Riggle, Ph.D., Department of Gender and Women's Studies and Department of Political Science (Arts and Sciences),



The group has created a listserv that allows members of the PERG to communicate with one another outside of our scheduled events below. This listserv is limited to currently employed faculty and staff members and is moderated by the co-chairs. To be added to this listserv please email Lance Poston ( from your UK email account with the subject line Add to employee listserv. Please allow up to one regular work week for additions to be made. 



Use this link to review the summary of Insurance Benefits related to medical transition and gender affirming services.



Monday, February 24, 8:30 - 9:30am, Coffee and Conversation (Suite 10, Ezra Gillis Building) 

We will circulate a short LGBTQ* life related article to the group a week before this event as a conversation starter, but no RSVP will be required. If you are not on the listserv and which to receive the article, follow the above directors to be added to the listserv. Coffee and light breakfast refreshments will be served.


Monday, March 23, 12 - 1pm, Informal Group Lunch (Private Dining Room of the 90)

This event has been canceled This is an RSVP only event to establish proper meal arrangements. RSVP will be sent through the listserv. 


Monday, April 27, 5:30 - 7pm, End of Year Social Reception (Location to be decided) 

Join us for dinner to celebrate a semester will done! 


Past events include:

  • An ice cream social
  • Breakfast with guest speaker
  • Fireside chat
  • Dungeons and Dragons Beginner Friendly Campaign
  • Family Friendly cookout