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Volunteers needed for After Office Hours event

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 3, 2022) — The Office of Residence Life, housed in the Office for Student Success at the University of Kentucky, aims to empower students to engage in active learning, global citizenship and self-discovery.

With that mission in mind, a creative idea emerged — After Office Hours.  

“One of the primary goals of AOH is to show students that faculty and staff are interested in meeting with them, even after normal business hours to answer any questions, promote working partnerships and encourage academic success,” Kenyatta Jeter, acting associate director for the Office of Residence Life, said.

Every fall semester, the Office of Residence Life invites colleagues from across campus into its residence halls to engage with students after normal business hours. Attendees discuss various topics, such as campus resources and adjusting to college life, as well as students' aspirations, interests and needs.

"Faculty and staff interacting with students during After Office Hours demonstrates how the UK family is caring, supportive and student-centric. Moreover, this event allows our first-year students a chance to build relationships with faculty and staff early in their college career — relationships they may utilize for support in the future," Jeter said. "Faculty and staff members who participate enjoy connecting with students about college classes, as well as their overall experience at UK. In fact, many return to volunteer year after year."

After Office Hours will take place on 5-7:30 p.m., Sept. 14.

Volunteers might prepare themselves to answer the following:

  • academic advising;
  • academic resources;
  • how to contact a faculty member;
  • how to be involved on campus;
  • campus safety; and
  • personal needs, etc.

Those interested in volunteering or learning more about the program, should connect using the link here by Sept. 2, or contact Kenyatta Jeter at kenyatta.jeter@uky.edu or 859-323–4626.

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.