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MLK Center, Confucius Institute to Bring Sam Museus to UK

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Sam Museus will give two presentations this Monday for the UK community on diversity, equity and inclusion.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2020) — This Monday, the University of Kentucky Martin Luther King Center and the UK Confucius Institute will host University of California San Diego Professor Sam Museus. Museus will present two sessions on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion that will take place at noon and 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, on Zoom. The events are free and open to the public.

Museus’ noon presentation, titled “To Imagine a More Inclusive and Equitable Campus,” will discuss what it means to imagine equitable campus cultures that allow all students to thrive in college. He will also discuss some of the challenges in cultivating these types of environments and offer ideas regarding how institutional leaders, educators and students can work together to overcome those barriers and advance efforts to create more equitable campuses.

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The 6 p.m. session, “Unique Struggles, Shared Futures,” will focus on the important role of critical solidarity in social justice agendas and some of the barriers to cultivating and maintaining such solidarity across identity groups. Museus will engage the audience in a conversation about how to more effectively foster critical solidarity in our collective work to achieve a more socially just world.

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Museus is a professor of education studies at the University of California San Diego and the founding director of the National Institute for Transformation and Equity. He has more than 200 publications and conference presentations focused on diversity and equity, campus environments and college student outcomes. Museus also consults with college campuses that seek to transform their institutions and cultivate more inclusive and equitable campus environments.

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.