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'Behind the Blue': A Conversation With UK President Eli Capilouto

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 28, 2020) — The University of Kentucky is six weeks into a fall semester built around a hybrid of in-person and online classes. Masks, distancing, hand-washing, daily screenings and campuswide COVID-19 testing have become the protocol for the campus population, an initiative determined to provide a safe environment to fulfill UK’s missions of education, research, service and care.

As the university begins its all-Southeastern Conference (SEC) football season, which started Sept. 26th at Auburn University, UK President Eli Capilouto recently joined UK Public Relations and Strategic Communication’s Carl Nathe in a conversation for "UK at the Half."

On this edition of "Behind the Blue," Nathe's interview is presented in its entirety, as Capilouto discusses the university’s return to classes, how the planning process which started in the spring continues to inform decisions made in the midst of changing circumstances, ongoing efforts regarding diversity, equity and inclusion, and more.

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The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.