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UK Named a 2022 'Best Employer for Diversity' by Forbes

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 26, 2022) — The University of Kentucky has been ranked on the Forbes list of "Best Employers for Diversity" in 2022.

Partnering with market research company Statista, Forbes’ annual list recognizes businesses with at least 1,000 employees who demonstrate a strong commitment to inclusive workplace practices. 

“The University of Kentucky is proud to be listed among the nation’s best employers for diversity. As one of Kentucky’s largest employers, we have a responsibility to lead the state in diversifying our workforce and supporting employees from historically underserved communities. This recognition speaks to the commitment of so many individuals across our community who know the power of a more diverse and equitable institution,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “We look forward to supporting this critical work.”

Over 60,000 U.S. employees were surveyed and asked to evaluate companies based on four different criteria: 

  • Direct recommendations: Employees were asked to give their opinions on a series of statements regarding age, gender, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQIA+ and general diversity in their current workplace. The recommendations of women, elders and ethnic minorities were weighted higher than the non-minority groups.
  • Indirect Recommendations: Participants were also given the chance to evaluate other employers in their respective industries that stand out either positively or negatively with regard to diversity. Only the recommendations of minority groups were considered.
  • Diversity Among Top Executives/Board.
  • Diversity Engagement Indicators were also part of the evaluation.

“To me, this is the greatest indicator of progress,” said Vice President Katrice Albert. "I am thrilled to have the privilege to work with passionate faculty, staff and students dedicated to ensuring everyone knows they belong at the University of Kentucky. Although the Office for Institutional Diversity helps initiate, develop and implement transformational programming related to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), members of our entire UK family are leaned into advancing ideals, values and norms that expanding cultures of engagement and belonging in their units and areas.” 

This is not the first time that the university has been recognized for its diversity and inclusion efforts by Forbes. Forbes has recognized UK the last four years as a “Best Employer for Diversity.”

“We greatly appreciate the community’s enthusiasm for and unyielding commitment to inclusive excellence,” Albert said. “Of course, we have more work to do, and we will continue to show Kentucky what is wildly possible when we open doors for all people.”

The university’s long-standing commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse workforce is reflected in this recent recognition. As the University of, and for, Kentucky, the university strives for inclusive excellence by supporting processes that help address long-standing inequalities and social injustices.

To learn more about UK’s DEI efforts, click here. To view the Forbes list, click here

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.