Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The University of Kentucky recently announced a comprehensive, enterprise-wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Implementation Plan designed to accelerate progress at UK for our Black communities and other diverse communities on campus.

Members of the University of Kentucky Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership Team:

  • Chair: George Wright, Interim Vice President for Institutional Diversity
  • Jay Blanton, Chief Communication Officer
  • Rudy Buchheit, Dean, College of Engineering
  • Courtney Chafin, Senior Subaward Administrator, Office of Sponsored Projects Administration
  • Anastasia Curwood, Director, African American and Africana Studies
  • Mia Farrell, Assistant Dean and Director for Diversity, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
  • Rafael Pérez-Figueroa, Assistant Professor, College of Public Health
  • Huajing Maske, Executive Director, Confucius Institute
  • Everett McCorvey, Professor and Director of Opera, College of Fine Arts
  • Jay Miller, Dean, College of Social Work
  • Trenika Mitchell, Associate Professor and Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, College of Pharmacy
  • P.G. Peeples, President/CEO, Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County
  • DeShana Collett, Associate Professor, College of Health Sciences (Faculty Group Chair)
  • Kathy Sheppard-Jones, Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Education
  • Tukea Talbert, Assistant Hospital Director, UK HealthCare
  • Michaela Taylor, Director, Graduate and Professional Student Affairs for Student Government Association
  • Stephanie White, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, College of Medicine
  • Kayla Woodson, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Student Government Association (Student Group Chair)
  • Dave Blackwell, Provost (Ex-Officio)
  • Kirsten Turner, Associate Provost for Academic and Student Affairs (Ex-Officio)
  • Eric Monday, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration (Ex-Officio)

Members of the University of Kentucky Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workgroup:

  • Co-facilitator: Jason Brooks, Executive Director for Institutional Engagement
  • Co-facilitator: Jason Schlafer, Executive Associate Athletics Director, UK Athletics
  • Co-facilitator: Tiana Thé, Communications Coordinator, Office of the President 
  • Jason Akhtarekhavari, Program Manager, UK Arts in HealthCare
  • Nicole Martin, Director, Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Education
  • Myrin Roberts, Director, Total Quality Improvement
  • Toni Smith, Research Human Resources Director
  • Sally Woodson, Executive Communication Specialist


Campus Messages

4/20/2021 - Supporting Our Community; Moving Forward Together
3/18/2021 - Our Shared Humanity
2/19/2021 - A Progress Report on Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts
1/15/2021 - Next Steps in Institutional Diversity Search
10/1/2020 - Moving Forward with our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts
9/23/2020 - Breonna Taylor
9/2/2020 - Our Next Steps in Building a More Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Campus
8/31/2020 - Elevating Diversity, Achieving Our Strategic Mission
8/5/2020 - Two More Initiatives. Two More Steps in Our Journey.
8/4/2020 - Our Next Steps Toward a More Just and Equitable Campus
8/4/2020 - It's Time to Change Our Campus Culture
7/22/2020 - Our International Students. One Community.
7/9/2020 - Our Continued Commitment to UK's International Students and Community
6/19/2020 - A New Beginning
6/5/2020 - Memorial Hall Mural: Our Past, Our Present and Why It's Time to Move Forward
6/3/2020 - Breonna Taylor, Our Community and Our Next Steps
5/29/2020 - Our World, Our Responsibility to Each Other