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UK College of Public Health Hosts RaceWorks


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2020) — The University of Kentucky College of Public Health and the UK Office for Institutional Diversity are committed to creating an environment of inclusivity on campus. Together, they are hosting “RaceWorks: Bridging Research and Practice to Foster Racial Literacy.”

RaceWorks is an open access modular resource developed by the SPARQ “do tank” at Stanford University to help educators, professionals and facilitators enhance their teaching and conversations about race. The webinar, presented by MarYam Hamedani, Ph.D., of Stanford, will take place via Zoom on Oct. 22 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Kathryn Cardarelli, Ph.D., senior assistant provost for faculty affairs and professional development and associate professor in the College of Public Health, is one of the faculty coordinators for the event. She says this kind of education is important not only at UK, but in every educational setting.

“Scientific evidence demonstrates the robust role of systemic and interpersonal racism on one's wellbeing and life opportunities in the United States,” said Cardarelli. “Understanding how to engage in civil, productive conversations in an academic environment about race and ethnicity is critical to undoing racism.”

The RaceWorks program includes a series of videos that explore different avenues for “undoing racism,” and a digital toolkit with discussion questions and activities to accompany the videos. The event is open to faculty members, staff, students and any other members of the academic community. It is sponsored by the College of Public Health, the Office for Institutional Diversity, the Center for Health Equity Transformation, the Center for Equity and Social Justice and the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching.

Dr. Rafael E. Pérez-Figueroa, assistant professor in the College of Public Health and another faculty coordinator for this event, is looking forward to this educational opportunity for the UK community.

"This event will invite us to reflect on how we can actively engage in undoing racism by promoting racial literacy and the most effective ways of doing that based on scientific evidence,” said Pérez-Figueroa.

To register for the event, click here. Once registered, participants will receive an email with the Zoom link. After the event, all registrants will receive a link to view the recorded webinar.

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 three 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 four 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.