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UK Cosponsors This Year’s Lexington DiverCity Festival

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 29, 2022) — The University of Kentucky Office for Institutional Diversity will be a Leader Sponsor at this year’s DiverCity Festival. 

Incepted in 2019, DiverCity emerged as a class project of the 2018-19 class of Leadership Lexington. The DiverCity Festival seeks to educate, embrace and celebrate the multitude of cultures that enrich the city of Lexington. 

“The University of Kentucky Office for Institutional Diversity takes pride in being a sponsor of the DiverCity Festival,” Ja’Mahl McDaniel, director of the Martin Luther King Center, said. “We recognize the importance of ensuring the work of diversity and inclusion extends beyond the campus and strive to work in solidarity with our Lexington community partners. This event creates space to acknowledge the rich cultural and global diversity of our community, celebrate and think critically about how we can come together.” 

As a Leader Sponsor, the university will have a booth at the event. Here, representatives from the Office for Institutional Diversity will speak with the community about what the office has to offer the university campus and the Lexington community. 

This year’s DiverCity festival will take place from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza. The event will feature over 70 cultural booths, more than 40 performances and dozens of food vendors. 

DiverCity is open to the entire community. No registration is required. The planning committee encourages all to attend and to experience the spirit of the Lexington community.

For more information on this year’s DiverCity Festival, click here. To learn more about the Office of Institutional Diversity, click here

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.