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'Behind the Blue' – Jason Brooks’ Vision for Equity, Inclusion at the University of Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 30, 2020) — In only his third year at the University of Kentucky, Jason Brooks already is making a significant imprint by positively impacting the lives of students, faculty and staff across campus.

The Kansas native joined UK in 2018 as director of the Martin Luther King Center and promptly expanded programming, educational opportunities and outreach raising the profile of the center to many citizens in the greater Lexington area. In 2020, he was named to a new position, executive director of institutional engagement for UK.

In this edition of the ‘Behind the Blue’ podcast, Brooks talks with UK's Carl Nathe about the work he and his office are doing in the areas of diversity, equity, 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.