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Inclusive Excellence Program Now Accepting 2022 Student Grant Proposals

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2021) — The University of Kentucky Office for Institutional Diversity is accepting proposals for the next round of grant funding through the office's Inclusive Excellence Student Program grants. Proposals for this round will be accepted from Oct. 1-31, 2021. Selected proposals will be awarded funding for the Spring 2022 semester.

The Inclusive Excellence Student Program will fund grants up to $15,000 for creative diversity programming ideas.

Inclusive Excellence Student Program grants are for programs that are student-centric and foster collaborative programming and partnerships among groups, centers, programs, registered student organizations and/or initiatives that are looking to address the importance of diverse views and cultures.

These programs should also educate others on issues of social justice and diversity, increase belonging and engagement of marginalized groups, and increase opportunities for collaborative learning around issues of inclusive excellence.

Proposals may be submitted to For more information or to submit a proposal, visit For questions regarding the proposal process, call the Office for Institutional Diversity at 859-257-9293.

The program, which is funded by student fees, was announced during the October 2016 UK Board of Trustees annual retreat.


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.