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'Behind the Blue': UK's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2019) — The University of Kentucky is recognizing multiple anniversaries this academic year, including 70 years of integration on campus, 50 years of black studies at UK and 10 years of the UK Office for Institutional Diversity. UK's diversity efforts have also been recognized nationally in recent years by publications like Forbes and INSIGHT Into Diversity, who has named UK a Diversity Champion three years running.

But the work is far from over, and UK Vice President for Institutional Diversity Sonja Feist-Price says UK continues to strive for inclusive excellence.

"Every individual on our campus adds value. Everyone’s voice on our campus must matter," Feist-Price said in a recent blog post. "I am grateful to work on a campus that deeply values and recognizes the significance of diversifying our student body, celebrating our unique backgrounds, and accepting and supporting all individuals as they embrace their authentic selves."

On this week’s episode of "Behind the Blue," UK Public Relations and Strategic Communications sits down with both Feist-Price and Lance Poston, executive director of UK Inclusive Health and Campus Partnerships, to discuss ongoing efforts to make the university a place where everyone feels a sense of belonging.

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The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.