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Campus Walk: Meet New Dean of UK's College of Education

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2019) — For University of Kentucky College of Education Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig, the innovative spirit and community feel of the college led him to the Bluegrass state.

As someone who focuses on issues such as racial equity and teacher preparation, the Commonwealth provided a perfect place to work with other like-minded colleagues in an effort to help provide equal education opportunities to all students.

In this Campus Walk, go inside UK’s College of Education with Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig to explore the innovative research being conducted in the college, as well as how students, faculty and staff are working to make an impact to improve the lives of children around the world and become champions of change.

If there is someone on campus you would like to see featured in a future "Campus Walk," email us

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This is a photo of new UK College of Education Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig.
This is a photo from See Blue STEM Camp.
This is a photo of Margaret Rintamma teaching in the UK College of Education.
This is a scene from the UK Campus Walk with Julian Vasquez Heilig.

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 two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for," 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 three 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.