LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 1, 2021) — Jason Hope, the University of Kentucky’s director of International Health, Safety and Security (IHSS), has been elected to the board of directors of Pulse: International Safety and Security Professionals in Higher Education.
Pulse exists both to unite professionals whose roles are dedicated to international higher education safety and security and to advance knowledge and best practices in this complex field. He joins six colleagues from universities around the country as part of the board.
“It’s an honor to have been elected to this position by my peers and to have the opportunity to shape best practices in the field of international safety and security at this level,” Hope said. “I think it’s also a testament to the leading national role that the UK International Center has taken in this space — a space that is only becoming more critical given the complexities of international mobility today.”
Hope’s position at UK was created in 2015 as the result of a process driven by both the president and the provost’s areas, as well as the university’s Risk Management Advisory Committee. His role focuses, in part, on directing global risk analysis, communication with travelers and the institutional response to crises that may affect UK’s students, faculty and staff during their time overseas.
At the time his position was created, fewer than 50 full-time professionals in roles like his were employed by U.S. universities. That number has nearly tripled since then and universities abroad have also begun creating similar positions.
In a typical year, Hope supports more than 2,500 international trips taken by UK students and employees.
“Putting students first and taking care of our employees are two of the values deeply embedded in UK’s new strategic plan,” Hope said. “Through engagement and leadership in organizations like Pulse, the UK International Center has been successful in developing processes and procedures to do just that while members of our community are abroad — and it’s something we look forward to continue doing in today’s increasingly complex international travel landscape.”
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.