Diversity and Inclusivity

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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.

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.


Strategic Initiatives and Action Steps

Strategic Initiative 1: Foster a diverse community of engaged students.

Action Step 1: Recruit, retain, and graduate an increasingly diverse student population, and create an inclusive environment that supports these objectives.

Action Step 2: Implement formal and informal curricular and co-curricular programs that promote discussions and activities about diversity and inclusivity, thus empowering all our students.

Action Step 3: Integrate cross-unit services to support, retain, and promote degree completion for students from diverse backgrounds.

Action Step 4: Implement an equity dashboard at UK to help campus leaders encourage and monitor diversity and inclusion progress.


Strategic Initiative 2: Improve workforce diversity and inclusion.

Action Step 1: Provide formal inclusiveness and diversity professional development for all faculty, staff, managers, and supervisors, including training on explicit (conscious) and implicit (unconscious) bias and training on how to structurally create inclusive working and learning environments.

Action Step 2: Increase diversity in number, proportion and retention in all workforce position categories including faculty, where representation is less than proportionate, to create a more inclusive work environment.


Strategic initiative 3: Engage diverse worldviews and perspectives by increasing awareness of diversity and by communications across campus that address these issues.

Action Step 1: Increase the number of campus/community engagement and service activities that involve our community partners to strengthen cultural awareness and competence.

Action Step 2: Ensure that faculty, staff, and students attend to multiple methods of communication (e.g., languages other than English, sign language) in interacting with campus/community partners.

Action Step 3: Promote global opportunities and ensure strong support systems for students, faculty, and staff studying and serving outside their home countries.

Action Step 4: Increase student opportunities to explore international perspectives across the curriculum and the co-curriculum.

Action Step 5: Promote sustainability of diversity and inclusivity efforts through aligning and integrating diversity and inclusion education, training, and communication with the Office for Institutional Diversity, to track initiatives and outcomes.