Diversity and Inclusivity


Our Strategic Plan — the blueprint for how we make progress as an institution — has as a cornerstone goal of creating and sustaining a more diverse and inclusive campus. 

Objective: Enhance the diversity and inclusivity of our University community through recruitment and retention of an increasingly diverse population of faculty, administrators, staff, and students, and by implementing initiatives that provide rich diversity-related experiences for all to help ensure their success in an interconnected world.

We will achieve this objective by working collaboratively to create an environment where all of our students, faculty, and staff live or work in an environment of openness and acceptance, and in which people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. Every member of the University of Kentucky community should feel safe and equipped with the tools necessary to succeed. 

We are committed to providing an enriching UK experience for all students, faculty, and staff by actively exploring and adopting new initiatives that will expand both the diversity and inclusivity of our campus community.

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UK Recognized as a Diversity Champion by INSIGHT Into Diversity

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has recognized the University of Kentucky in September 2017 as one of 15 Diversity Champion colleges and universities in the nation. Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs and at the highest administrative levels.

“UK is a visionary leader among campus communities striving for diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity. “As a Diversity Champion school, UK exceeds everyday expectations, often eclipsing even its own goals, and develops successful strategies that serve as models of excellence for other higher education institutions.”

Fifteen colleges and universities across the nation have received the Diversity Champion designation. Selected institutions ranked in the top tier of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award recipients. The HEED Award is presented annually by INSIGHT Into Diversity to recognize colleges and universities that are dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

"It is an honor to be chosen by INSIGHT Into Diversity as a Diversity Champion. Receiving this award is a testament to the hard work and commitment to inclusive excellence by our entire campus community, including students, faculty and staff.  We all work diligently to ensure engagement and promote a sense of belonging for all our constituents. When everyone contributes, everyone benefits," said Sonja Feist-Price, vice president for Institutional Diversity.