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Graduate and professional students, staff and faculty invited to Ubuntu Orientation

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Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 22, 2022) — Ubuntu is a Nguni Bantu term meaning “humanity” and is often translated as “I am because we are.” In that spirit, the University of Kentucky Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives and the UK Graduate School’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites graduate and professional students, staff and faculty to the sixth annual Ubuntu Orientation Celebration 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, in The Cornerstone Esports Lounge. One of the primary goals of Ubuntu is to connect diverse graduate and professional students (new and current) with university resources and support networks.  

Students will have opportunities to network with faculty, staff, administrators and other students, as well as hear a powerful message from the keynote speaker Danelle Stevens-Watkins, Ph.D., vice president for research in diversity and inclusion and director of UNITE (United in True Equity) Research Initiative. In addition to building a strong sense of community and belonging, Ubuntu aims to equip diverse students with the resources and contacts to ease their transition into the University of Kentucky, the city of Lexington and life as graduate and professional students. This event is free, and spouses and children are welcome!

The schedule for the event is as follows: 

  • 5-6:30 p.m.: Food, resource fair and networking 
  • 6:30-6:50 p.m.: Keynote speaker: Danelle Stevens-Watkins 
  • 6:50-7p.m.: Q&A with Stevens-Watkins
  • 7-8 p.m.: Ice cream social and games

To register for the year's Ubuntu Orientation Celebration, click here

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 four 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" three 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 five 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.