While Pride Month is nationally recognized in June, to provide students, faculty and staff with an opportunity to honor Pride on campus, every April, UK celebrates Pride Week. Throughout the week, campus acknowledges the diversity of identities, experiences and histories in the LGBTQ* community and recognizes all who have and continue to advocate for LGBTQ* lives, rights and visibility.
“We understand how crucial finding community and support are in ensuring that our students succeed," said Marianne Young, assistant vice president for Student Development and Support. "Pride Week is an important way for members of our community to come together to learn, connect with one another and engage with services that our Office of LGBTQ* Resources provides throughout the year.”
The LGBTQ* Resource Center is housed in the Dinkle-Mas Suite in the Gatton Student Center. Opened in 2018, the Dinkle-Mas Suite serves as a hub for accessing the services of the Office of LGBTQ* Resources. The office offers community building, education and advocacy initiatives that support students, faculty and staff in succeeding as their open and authentic selves. All year, individuals can visit the suite to access direct or referral services related to on-campus housing, holistic health and inclusive institutional identifiers.
The office kicked off Pride Week on Monday with a Queer Book Talk with Greg Bourke, followed by a Coffee Hour Open House on Tuesday.
Events for the rest of the week include:
- LGBTQ+ Community Fair | Wednesday, April 6 from noon to 2 p.m.
- Interfaith Resources Fair | Thursday, April 7 from 3 to 5 p.m.
- April Pride Party | Friday, April 8 from noon to 2 p.m.
- Gayla hosted by UK Gay Straight Alliance | Friday, April 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.
While Pride Week on campus lasts five days, the university’s commitment to taking a stand against discrimination, celebrating diversity and solidarity is a constant. This commitment has not gone unnoticed.
The university has received recognition from Campus Pride’s “Best of the Best” Top 30 LGBTQ-friendly colleges. Annually, Campus Pride releases its list highlighting the campuses that score the highest percentages in the LGBTQ-friendly benchmarks for policies, programs and practices.
Although diversity on campus is not measured by awards and accolades, they are a testament to the work of the Office of LGBTQ* Resources to create an inclusive culture year-round.
The campus community can drop by the Dinkle-Mas Suite Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you are a student and would like to stay up to date on events hosted by the Office of LGBTQ* Resources, register to join the Discord server, a free voice, video and text chat app open to undergraduate, graduate and professional students at UK.
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.