Campus News

Behind the Blue: UK's Carol Taylor-Shim Discusses Bias

Behind the Blue
Behind the Blue

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 27, 2017) — Bias, conscious and unconscious, can have a much greater impact in our lives than we possibly give credit. It can shape daily decisions, frame our outlook on the world, impact our relationships, and create divisions among us that can jeopardize our business and personal well-being.

In an effort to assist faculty, staff and students, the University of Kentucky created the Bias Incident Response Team, to provide a reporting structure for encounters with bias, as well as a place for people to go for support. Carol Taylor-Shim is the director of the team. Taylor-Shim came to UK as a social justice educator at the Violence Intervention Prevention Center (VIP) in July 2013. She joins us on this episode of UK’s "Behind the Blue" podcast to give more insight on bias.

Taylor-Shim has spent nearly 20 years working with families in need, and says there are steps the university community is taking to address how victims of bias can find support. “When people belong, and know they belong and feel they belong, they engage more, and this place becomes theirs … but we have to work to make sure that is what’s happening.”

Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” when they're released. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.

If you have questions or comments about this or any other episode of "Behind the Blue," email us at, or tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: #uk4ky #seeblue