LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2022) — The National Student Employment Association has declared that the second complete week in April each year be set aside to recognize the value of student employees and student employment professionals.
The University of Kentucky will celebrate its student workers during Student Employee Appreciation Week April 11-15. UK Human Resources has partnered with the UK Office for Student Success for a series of events. In addition, supervisors are encouraged to participate in the events and to also show how much their student employees are appreciated in a variety of ways.
“We are proud to partner with Human Resources to recognize student employees and the integral roles they play on our teams,” said Kristen Turner, vice president of the UK Office for Student Success. “As one of the largest student employers on campus, our units in the Office for Student Success gain tremendous energy and valuable perspectives from our student staff.”
The purpose of National Student Employee Appreciation Week is to:
- Enhance awareness of student employment and its important role in higher education experience.
- Recognize students who perform outstanding work while attending college.
- Thank the employers who hire students for part-time positions and make the student employment program such a success.
A Supervisor Recognition Toolkit is available with ideas and downloads supervisors can use to recognize employees. Additionally, supervisors are encouraged to discuss the events and urge their student employees to attend.
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.