National Recognition for Supporting Our Community

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The University of Kentucky is garnering national recognition for our efforts to support our employees.

Earlier this academic year, the Chronicle of Higher Education named the University of Kentucky a “Great College to Work For.” We were one of only three schools in the Southeastern Conference and the only school in Kentucky to receive the award, which is based primarily on employee feedback.

A few weeks ago, we received additional recognition. Forbes magazine named UK among its Best Employers for Diversity in the country.  Ranked 41st out of 500, we were the only Southeastern Conference school to be included. Forbes’ list, among other factors, recognizes employers who elevate their commitment to attracting and developing diverse talent and acknowledge diversity as an imperative pillar of success. 

UK received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award and was named a Diversity Champion by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.  And, earlier this year, UK was recently declared a “Best of the Best” Top 30 LGBTQ-friendly college by Campus Pride.

Of course, we are pleased when we receive recognition for our efforts. But what’s more important is the commitment that these rankings illustrate; these awards are testaments to our ongoing pursuit to create the best environment possible for our community’s success.

After all, as the heartbeat of the state’s economy and an engine of its workforce development, the University of Kentucky is the state’s indispensable institution. That’s only possible because of the talent that exists across the UK family.

We ask ourselves, every day, how we can create an even better environment for our people. Our ongoing collaborative work across campus fosters a community in which staff and faculty of all backgrounds are accepted and embraced.  

Our community values also enhance a sense of belonging that is vital for our student’s success.

We take very seriously our role as the University FOR Kentucky. These awards highlight that commitment, demonstrating to others what we already know: this is a special place.

Thank you for your role in making our campus even better.

Eric N. Monday