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UK's Office for Institutional Diversity (OID) empowers all to be their best selves and strives to create a sustainable climate where all can benefit from the highest quality education, care and work environment. OID's mission is to enhance the diversity and inclusivity of our university community through the 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.

OID in the News

National Graduate, Professional School Talent Acquisition Scholar and Leader Joins UK

The University of Kentucky is pleased to welcome Damon L. Williams, Jr., UK’s new associate vice president in the Office for Institutional Diversity.  

UNITE Research Showcase Agenda Highlights Racial Equity

The University of Kentucky’s UNited In True racial Equity (UNITE) Research Priority Area will host its inaugural research showcase on Wednesday, May 4. The 2022 UNITE Research Showcase is centered around elevating and promoting the importance of racial equity research at UK, across the Commonwealth and beyond.

UK Cosponsors This Year’s Lexington DiverCity Festival

The University of Kentucky Office for Institutional Diversity will be a Leader Sponsor at this year’s DiverCity Festival. 

INSIGHT Into Diversity Names UK 2021 HEED Award Recipient, Diversity Champion

For the fifth year in a row, INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, has recognized the University of Kentucky as both a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award recipient and a Diversity Champion.

As a recipient of the annual HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — UK is featured, along with 100 other recipients, in the November 2021 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

UK Named a 2022 'Best Employer for Diversity' by Forbes for the fourth year in a row

The University of Kentucky has been ranked on the Forbes list of "Best Employers for Diversity" in 2022. Partnering with market research company Statista, Forbes’ annual list recognizes businesses with at least 1,000 employees who demonstrate a strong commitment to inclusive workplace practices. 

“To me, this is the greatest indicator of progress,” said Vice President Katrice Albert. "I am thrilled to have the privilege to work with passionate faculty, staff and students dedicated to ensuring everyone knows they belong at the University of Kentucky. Although the Office for Institutional Diversity helps initiate, develop and implement transformational programming related to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), members of our entire UK family are leaned into advancing ideals, values and norms that expanding cultures of engagement and belonging in their units and areas.” 

Read the UKNow article highlighting this achievement

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