Martin Luther King Center Staff

Ja'Mahl McDaniel


Ja’Mahl McDaniel, MA serves as the Director for the King Center. In this role he collaborates with the  King Center team in creating programs and campus-wide initiatives for the UK community. Ja’Mahl brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to King Center having facilitated dialogues, diversity trainings and possesses a plethora of other skills, As a proud of alum of UK, Ja’Mahl is determined to be an advocate and change agent for students as they pursue their education.










Jasmine Prince! Jasmine is from Birmingham, Alabama and is proud alum of the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she earned her bachelors in Psychology. Jasmine also holds a Masters in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida. We are excited to see all that Jasmine will bring to our team and the UK community.

Ruth Gonzalez


Ruth González Jiménez is from Jalisco, México, but grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at UK in History in the College of Arts & Sciences, with a focus in Latin American and African American histories in May, 2017. During her time as a student, she was a founding member the Latino Student Union and a founding sister of UK’s Colony of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Incorporated. Ruth was also actively involved in serving the greater Lexington Latino/immigrant community, and held a position at Lexington’s only bilingual library (Village Branch). Upon graduating, Ruth was hired as the first Latino Student Community Specialist at the University of Kentucky. Through this role, she continues to serve as a resource to students, while advising the Latino Student Union, Collegiate Curls, & Leading Latinas: A Mentorship Program, and initiates programmatic efforts aimed at improving the sense of belonging and retention of Latino students through the seeAzul: Latino Student Programming Series.

Melody Hall


Melody Hall, our Administrative Support Associate is an integral part of the MLK Center. She supports the Director and both professional staff team members as an office manager. Melody has worked for UK for 15 years and earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of Environmental Sciences now the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. Also, She completed the three UK business certifications in 2016. She is located in the Gatton Student Center. Furthermore, one of her greatest achievements was being commissioned to be a Kentucky Colonel in 2016. This is very important to her because making a difference in the community is one of her top priorities. Lastly, she loves working with students and making a difference in their lives.


2021-2022 MLK Interns




Payton Anderson

Classification: Junior

Major: Digital Media & Design

Outside Involvement: I’m a student assistant with UK Athletics Creative Services as well as a graphic designer for UGP. I also own my own graphic design business called Anderson Signature Designs.

One thing you are passionate about: I’m passionate about holistically guiding brand identities through socially aware presentation methods and graphical output