LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 5, 2019) — On Wednesday, March 27, the University of Kentucky and the Lexington community will be gathering around small tables with friends, neighbors, colleagues and students to have a dialogue about what’s important to the city.
"On the Table" is a one-day conversation that takes place across the Bluegrass community and is designed to bring diverse voices to the discussion of who we are, where we’re going and how we can get there together.
Now in its third year, the event is sponsored by the Blue Grass Community Foundation (BGCF) in conjunction with the Knight Foundation, City of Lexington, Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington Public Library, UK and other organizations across the community. Its goal is to discover how each person can make a difference, joining the thousands of people and organizations that make the community a better place.
Last year, nearly 13,000 people participated on campus and in the community. The three most pressing issues identified by participants were improving public schools, availability of good paying jobs and housing affordability. Last year’s "On the Table" provided valuable insight into how the UK campus can better connect with its community.
This year, the conversation will focus on fostering more belonging in the city. This was a major theme that emerged from the 2018 "On the Table" event. This year’s event will include the ability to create a personal action plan to create a more welcoming community.
"On the Table" participants will also be eligible to apply for “What You Do Matters” grant of $1,000-$2,000 to help bring the 2019 "On the Table" ideas into action. These quick action grants will be awarded to the most innovative project ideas that arise from "On the Table" conversations. Nearly $25,000 in grant money will be disbursed. Applications will be available on March 28, 2019.
If you would like to participate as a table host or as a participant, please register here. If you need a room and a table, UK will have them available throughout the day on March 27. Or, you can organize your own table in your office or classroom.
Below are some of the tables where you can participate:
- 9-10 a.m., at the Gatton Student Center (Room 331);
- 9-10 a.m. at Scovell Hall (Room 220);
- 10-11 a.m., at the Gatton Student Center (Room 331);
- 11 a.m.-noon, at the Gatton Student Center (Room 331);
- noon-1 p.m., at the Gatton Student Center (Room 331);
- 1-2 p.m., at Lewis Honors College (Room U136);
- 1-2 p.m., at the Gatton Student Center (Room 331); and
- 2-3 p.m., at the Gatton Student Center (Room 331).
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