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'Behind the Blue': Maria Hatch, Kirsten Turner discuss UK’s Explore First program, corporate engagement

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 16, 2024) — Greystar is a global leader in the investment, development and management of high-quality rental housing properties. Greystar is one of the largest operators of rental housing in the world, with properties including apartments, senior living communities, corporate and student housing.

In 2012, the University of Kentucky embarked upon an historic multi-phased partnership with Greystar to construct state-of-the-art student housing facilities on campus. The development provided new housing to enhance the learning experience for students at the University of Kentucky. The multi-phased project replaced most of the existing student housing located across campus with modern facilities.

Over the past two years, Greystar and UK have embarked on a new partnership — working with students through the Explore First: Careers, Cultures and Connections program. Explore First is an education abroad program designed to equip and empower first-generation students through participation in a  three-week education abroad program in London and Dublin.

Along with introducing career readiness within a global context, the program connects students with organizations, like Greystar, that have a global presence and employ UK graduates.

On this episode of "Behind the Blue," Maria Hatch, Greystar’s senior director of client relationships, and Kirsten Turner, UK’s vice president for student success, talk about the Explore First program and the benefits to both students and corporate participants.

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At the University of Kentucky, students are at the center of all that we do. From the moment you become a Wildcat through graduation and beyond, the Office for Student Success is committed to supporting you. Comprised of five areas and 25 units, together, they have one vision — to help students live a life of meaning. Student Success works through an equitable, holistic and inclusive lens to design and deliver unparalleled services and support a diverse community of learners in achieving their wildest ambitions. In the Office for Student Success this is what we do — this is who we are. You can explore resources available to you here. If you have additional questions, you can reach a Student Success team member by calling the helpline 859-218-YouK (9685).