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Inclusive Excellence Program now accepting 2023 student grant proposals

This is a photo of a student in the William T. Young Library.
Arden Barnes | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2022) — The University of Kentucky Office for Institutional Diversity is accepting proposals for the next round of grant funding through the office's Inclusive Excellence Student Program grants. Proposals for this round will be accepted from Oct. 1-31, 2022. Selected proposals will be awarded funding for the Spring 2023 semester.

The Inclusive Excellence Student Program will fund grants up to $15,000 for creative diversity programming ideas.

Inclusive Excellence Student Program grants are for programs that are student-centric and foster collaborative programming and partnerships among groups, centers, programs, registered student organizations and/or initiatives that are looking to address the importance of diverse views and cultures.

These programs should also educate others on issues of social justice and diversity, increase belonging and engagement of marginalized groups, and increase opportunities for collaborative learning around issues of inclusive excellence.

Proposals may be submitted to For more information or to submit a proposal, visit For questions regarding the proposal process, call the Office for Institutional Diversity at 859-257-9293.

The program, which is funded by student fees, was announced during the October 2016 UK Board of Trustees annual retreat.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.