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UK Recognizes the Office for Institutional Diversity

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov.11, 2019) — At the University of Kentucky, the Office for Institutional Diversity (OID) serves the entire campus community. OID and its seven units work across academic and non-academic units to implement ideas, collaborate on outreach and recruitment efforts and enhance student retention and achievement.

At Saturday’s football game, representatives from OID were honored on the field. The group recognized is leading efforts to celebrate the life of Lyman T. Johnson as UK marks the 70-year anniversary of integration at the university.

OID strives to promote campuswide diversity initiatives — empowering colleges, schools, major units and student-led organizations to develop their own programs and strategies. Through collaborative efforts, OID works to make sure UK continues to strive for inclusive excellence in new and innovative ways.

As the university honors 70 years of integration during a yearlong commemoration, OID will continue to lead the way to a more diverse and inclusive campus. 

To learn more about OID, click here

group of Office for Institutional Diversity staff members on Kroger Field at UK football game.
Staff members from the UK Office for Institutional Diversity were recognized on Kroger Field Nov. 9 during the UK vs. Tennessee football game. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

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.