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Nominations Sought for 2020 UK Inclusive Excellence Recognition Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2020)  The University of Kentucky Office for Institutional Diversity and the Office for Faculty Advancement are now accepting nominations for the UK Inclusive Excellence Recognition Award. The award will recognize the accomplishments of individuals and academic or professional units that demonstrate a sustained commitment to diversity and inclusion through campus and community involvement and exemplary leadership.

Nominations should be based on exemplary demonstrated leadership in one or more of the following areas:

  • Builds awareness, understanding and relationships in the name of diversity and inclusion.
  • Creates leadership opportunities, teams, organizations and support systems that promote a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Sponsors or actively promotes programs, initiatives or projects in the area of diversity and inclusion.
  • Collaborates with others in the sponsorship, development and implementation of innovative projects and/or programs.
  • Acknowledges and rewards exemplary individual and team behaviors that promote diversity and inclusion.
  • Secures funding to promote and sustain programs in response to challenges that can affect the fostering of a diverse and inclusive cultural climate.

More information about guidelines for submitting nominations can be found online. Nominations can be submitted to

Up to four awards will be granted each year in four categories: student (undergraduate and graduate), faculty, staff, and academic or professional units.

The deadline to submit nomination packets and recommendations is 5 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2020.

Inclusive Excellence Recognition Award recipients will be honored at a formal ceremony and receive their awards at the faculty awards ceremony scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in Gatton Student Center Grand Ballroom A.

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.