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'Behind the Blue': Kirsten Turner with Office for Student Success

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2023) — With more than two dozen units across campus, the University of Kentucky Office for Student Success is tasked with not only facilitating excellent classroom experiences, but also with providing support for students across four primary areas: academic preparation, mental and physical well-being, financial stability, and belonging and community.

UK's Vice President for Student Success Kirsten Turner says this “scaffolding” is all part of a larger philosophy to prepare students for lives of meaning and purpose upon leaving the university.

On this episode of "Behind the Blue," Turner talks about a variety of efforts her office is engaged in to help meet those needs for students with programs like UK Invests, which provides an investment account opportunity for all UK students, along with helping bring to life the Explore First program, which saw 60 first-generation UK students take part this summer in an integrated global learning experience in Dublin, Ireland, and London, England.

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At the University of Kentucky, students are at the center of all that we do. From the moment you become a Wildcat through graduation and beyond, the Office for Student Success is committed to supporting you. Comprised of five areas and 25 units, together, they have one vision — to help students live a life of meaning. Student Success works through an equitable, holistic and inclusive lens to design and deliver unparalleled services and support a diverse community of learners in achieving their wildest ambitions. In the Office for Student Success this is what we do — this is who we are. You can explore resources available to you here. If you have additional questions, you can reach a Student Success team member by calling the helpline 859-218-YouK (9685).