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College and unit diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) officers serve as representatives who accelerate and embolden DEI efforts across the university community. DEI officers work with the Office for Institutional Diversity to maintain a collaborative and fruitful relationship between the areas officers represent, OID and the university. 

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Advancing Our Mission

DEI Officers dedicate their time and talent to advancing the University of Kentucky's ambitious inclusive excellence goals. Meet the outstanding people behind this work. 

Meet the Leaders

Recent Activities

On April 22, 2022, every college and unit DEI Officer gathered for the first time to discuss their role, responsibilities, structure and opportunities for growth. The day-long "Advance" was initiated by the Office for Institutional diversity and facilitated by Dr. Kevin McDonald, University of Virginia's Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. President Eli Capilouto gave welcoming remarks, and Provost Bob DiPaola gave the closing remarks. 

Advance sessions included: Going Together, Stronger Together; Best-In-Class Standardization; Effectively Build, Engage, Organize, and Transform; Co-Creating a Shared Toolkit, Roadmap, Blueprint. 

The Advance was inspired by recommendations from the DEI Implementation Project 5: Expand and Restructure Roles of College and Unit DEI Officers. All officers reviewed the recommendations from the committee, and had engaging and fruitful conversations regarding this group's next steps. 

Learn more about Project 5 here 

DEI Officer Advance Day, April 22, 2022

College Diversity and Inclusion Websites

UK has a strong faculty core that supports more than 200 academic programs spread across 16 degree-granting colleges, the Lewis Honors College, Graduate School and the UK Library system. These colleges are dedicated to cultivating a more diverse and equitable campus while advancing our missions of research and discovery, care for the Commonwealth and world-class academics.

Visit the following sites for college-specific DEI resources, contacts, opportunities and more information.