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UK Women’s Forum to Focus on Intersectionality in March Professional Development Sessions

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 15, 2021)  Do you want to expand your understanding of diversity and inclusivity? It is time to talk about intersectionality with the University of Kentucky Women’s Forum. The March professional development session and monthly “Coffee and Connect” programming will explore the concept and history of intersectionality, help you to recognize your own intersectional identities, and provide strategies for incorporating intersectionality into diversity and inclusivity initiatives.

From 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 16, on Zoom, Demetria McDonald, founder and CEO of Decide Diversity, will discuss intersectionality. McDonald works with groups across the country to improve diversity and inclusion practices that positively impact business results. In 2019, she received Young Leader of Louisville recognition from Louisville Business First. Decide Diversity is a company focused on increasing the presence and effectiveness of underrepresented groups in the workplace.

Register for this free virtual event here:   

This month’s Coffee and Connect, March 26, will feature a conversation about intersectional diversity with UK's Nicole Martin and Trenika Mitchell. Martin, who completed her doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin in performance studies and African and African diaspora studies, is director of Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Education at UK. She is also an assistant professor of gender and women’s studies and a faculty affiliate for the African American and Africana Studies program. Mitchell is an associate professor and assistant dean for diversity and inclusion in the UK College of Pharmacy. She works as a pediatric clinical staff pharmacist in the Kentucky Children’s Hospital pharmacy and teaches various diversity and inclusion topics in the pharmacy curriculum.

The Coffee and Connect event will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 26, via Zoom. Register to join this virtual conversation here:

Please visit the UK Women’s Forum website for more details about these and other virtual events.

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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.