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J’Lissabeth Faughn Named Director of LGBTQ* Resources

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2022)  J’Lissabeth Faughn (she, her, hers) has been named director of the Office of LGBTQ* Resources, housed in the Office for Student Success, at the University of Kentucky. Faughn will begin her position May 9. 

An experienced leader with a passion for social justice and student development, Faughn brings a rich history of advocacy and community building from similar roles in California, Iowa and Missouri. She holds a graduate degree in higher education and social justice from Iowa State University and an undergraduate degree from Murray State University. 

“We are very excited to welcome J’Lissabeth Faughn to Student Success as the director of LGBTQ* Resources,” said Marianne Young, assistant vice president of Student Development and Support. “Her experience in developing partnerships and building opportunities for community and support will play a vital role in continuing the strong history of this office on UK’s campus.”

As an advocate and educator, Faughn strives to help students, staff and faculty connect to their campus and challenges them to succeed in all facets of their lives. Her leadership of the Office of LGBTQ* Resources will continue to build on the unit’s rich history of programming and services that contribute to UK being recognized as a top 30 institution in the country for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. 

“I am excited to continue the office’s legacy of creating a safe, open environment for all,” Faughn said. “I will be focusing on what programs and initiatives we have in place for our LGBTQ students who are coming to UK and what keeps them here.” 

The Office of LGBTQ* Resources is the University of Kentucky's central hub for accessing information, groups and services related to diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Located in the Dinkle Mas Suite in the Gatton Student Center, the resource center is a campus-wide office that works to make sure that our community is a welcoming, safe and supportive place for all students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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.