LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 7, 2022) — In the video message above, University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto shares a message with the campus community about Black History Month, noting a few of the many important alumni who broke barriers on our campus, as well as in our community and country.
“We are today’s University of Kentucky because of the remarkable Black alumni who pushed open our doors and paved a path for those who would follow," Capilouto said. "I am excited to see our community carry on this legacy and come together to celebrate Black History Month.”
To learn more about these alumni and others, visit the UK Alumni Association’s Pioneer Project.
Throughout the month of February, the University of Kentucky is celebrating Black History Month with a series of events and programs for the campus community and the public. UK is also honoring its Black alumni who helped push the university forward and established important legacies for the university, community and nation.
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.