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Intercultural Awareness Day 2019 to Focus on Thriving in Your Multigenerational Community

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 18, 2019) — For the first time in history, five generations are working alongside each other in the workplace, each with different leadership, communication and career development styles. In its commitment to diversity and inclusion, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) will a offer a conference navigating the multigenerational workplace.

In a continued effort to make sure students, staff and faculty have a culturally aware environment to successfully engage in a global society, the CAFE Office of Diversity will host the annual Intercultural Awareness Day, and this year's theme is "Thriving in Your Multi-generational Community." The one-day conference, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the E.S. Good Barn, will focus on:

  • Overcoming generational stereotyping by encouraging collaboration between team members of different generations on projects.
  • Understanding different work styles so that individuals are motivated to perform well when they have a certain level of autonomy about how they work.
  • Adopting communication techniques and technology that encourage people to use their preferred communication method.
  • Learning about successful integration of multiple generations through mentoring, advising, full-time employment, internships and more.
  • Opportunities to engage in critical conversations surrounding generational differences in today's world through experiential learning activities.

This free conference is open to faculty, staff, students and community members. Lunch is included. Seating is limited, attendees are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Click here to register. Contact Ashley Holt at for more information.

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.