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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.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.