LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 29, 2021) — The University of Kentucky Involvement Advising team recently launched a new program aimed to help students get more involved on campus called Wildcat Connect. An expansion on the university’s requirements to keep the community safe, the Daily 4.0, Wildcat Connect strives to help students find their niche, whether that be a specific organization on campus, certain campus events or resources that fit their needs.
To learn more about this program, we asked Dominick Williams, assistant vice president of strategy and assessment in the Office of the Vice President for Student Success, a few questions.
UKNow: How is Wildcat Connect designed to help students?
Williams: Wildcat Connect is the expansion of our efforts in Student Success to help students find a direct relationship at UK. Wildcat Connect takes a system we know works to help students find student organizations and expand on that to better address and meet students’ needs to find relationships and resources on campus.
UKNow: Is Wildcat Connect available to all students? What does the process look like for students who choose to use Wildcat Connect?
Williams: Wildcat Connect is for all students looking to get connected. For any student at UK, they can go to our Wildcat Connect: Involvement Advising request form (http://go.uky.edu/wildcatconnect) through BBNvovled and request assistance. An involvement advisor, who is a peer student trained to help other students get connected, will reach out to talk about what a student is looking for and how best to find the involvement they need.
UKNow: Why is it important for students to utilize this new tool?
Williams: Finding people with common interests to have fun with and to check-in on each other helps create a memorable and supportive residential experience. There are many different ways to find these opportunities to connect to other students, from student organizations and events to class study groups. Being involved helps students obtain the relationships, skills and experiences to be successful. Our goal is to help students navigate these many options throughout their academic journey at UK.
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.