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Inclusive Excellence Program Grants

As part of an effort to increase diversity and a sense of belonging across the University of Kentucky campus, the Office for Institutional Diversity has created a grant program that will fund creative proposals for diversity programming.

The Inclusive Excellence Program will fund grants of up to $15,000 for creative diversity programming ideas. The program, which is funded by student fees, was announced during the October 2016 UK Board of Trustees annual retreat.

Inclusive excellence calls for us to increase our awareness of others and to work collectively to challenge our way of thinking and doing. It requires us to engage, teach, listen, and learn.

Inclusive Excellence Program grants are for programs that are student-centric and foster collaborative programming and partnerships among groups, centers, programs, registered student organizations and/or initiatives that are looking to address the importance of diverse views and cultures.

These programs should also educate others on issues of social justice and diversity, increase belonging and engagement of marginalized groups and increase opportunities for collaborative learning around issues of inclusive excellence.

For questions regarding the proposal process, call the Office for Institutional Diversity at 859-257-9293.

How to apply

Examples of past projects

Submit proposals

Inclusive Excellence Proposals Awarded for Fall 2023 Cycle 

  •  “859 Night Market”-FUNDED $15,000

  • “March Toward Inclusion”- FUNDED $8,500.00

  • 2023 Future Health Professionals Conference- FUNDED $8,185.50

  • Beyond the Veil: An Exploration of Muslims in Healthcare- FUNDED $4,750.00

Inclusive Excellence Recognition Awards

The University of Kentucky Inclusive Excellence Recognition Awards recognize the accomplishments of individuals and their teams that demonstrate a sustained commitment to diversity and inclusion through campus and community involvement and exemplary leadership.

Recipients exhibit such efforts through diversity and multicultural programming, culturally competent instruction, research and/or outreach efforts. 


Inclusive Excellence Book Club

What’s the problem with being “not racist”? It is a claim that signifies neutrality: “I am not a racist, but neither am I aggressively against racism.” But there is no neutrality in the racism struggle. The opposite of “racist” isn’t “not racist.” It is “antiracist.

headshot of man in blazer sitting
Ibram X. Kendi
Author of How to Be an Antiracist
book cover reading How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Spring 2020 Reading

It is important to understand that the system of advantage is perpetuated when we do not acknowledge its existence.

woman in red blazer
Beverly Daniel Tatum
Author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
book cover reading Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? By Beverly Tatum

Summer 2020 Reading

Past Readings

book cover reading The Rest of the Dream with a picture of Lyman T. Johnson, first black student at the University of Kentucky
book cover reading Becoming with image of Michelle Obama
bookcover with abstract painting of female face
book cover reading Confident Pluralism with the letters in multiple colors
book cover with nine multi-colored circles in a gird with each listing a different ethnicity
drawing of man with the words Born a Crime above him