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'Behind the Blue': Katrice Albert discusses UK’s DEI Implementation Plan


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2023) — In the summer of 2020, the university launched the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (or DEI) Implementation Plan. With 17 distinct initiatives aligned with the university’s strategic guiding principles, the DEI implementation plan engages hundreds of UK community members in this work.

Over the years, faculty, staff, students and community champions have dedicated their time to advancing diversity and equity through research, service and care. The DEI implementation plan is designed to empower those change agents, embolden existing DEI efforts and introduce new initiatives to accelerate inclusive excellence at UK and beyond.

On this episode of "Behind the Blue," Katrice Albert, Ph.D., UK’s vice president for institutional diversity, talks about the plan, its impact on the UK community, what to look forward to in phase 2 and more.

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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.