Research Symposium to Focus on Diversity, Inclusiveness

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 23, 2015) — The University of Kentucky College of Education and College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host a research symposium on diversity and inclusiveness from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at the E.S. Good Barn

Judy "J.J." Jackson, UK vice president for institutional diversity, will begin the symposium with opening remarks. Faculty-led roundtable discussions will follow, featuring their research related to diversity and inclusiveness.

Topics consist of access and equity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields; including individuals with disabilities in their places of worship; cross-cultural courses producing pluralistic students; and more.

Participants in the roundtable include:

College of Education

College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Kentucky State University

  • Javiette Samuel, associate extension administrator and associate professor in the College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems.

The symposium will also provide opportunities for cross-college conversations and for faculty members and graduate students with similar research interests to identify potential collaborations.

To attend the research symposium, please RSVP to College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Assistant Dean and Director for Diversity Quentin Tyler at or 859-257-3482, or College of Education Professor Laurie Henry at or 859-257-7399 by Monday, April 27.

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396,