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Reschedule Date for ‘Civic Engagement Saturdays’ With Rep. Charles Booker Announced

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Rep. Charles Booker will be part of the third "Civic Engagement Saturdays" conversation Saturday, Dec. 5. Photo courtesy of Charles Booker.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 23, 2020) — The University of Kentucky Graduate Student Congress will host Kentucky Rep. Charles Booker Dec. 5 as part of its rescheduled “Civic Engagement Saturdays” series. The conversation will take place 1-2:30 p.m. EST Saturday, Dec. 5, on Zoom. Registration is required.

The series, which began this semester, invites prominent Black, Indigenous and people of color to speak with undergraduate, graduate, professional and postdoctoral students about recognizing yourself in politics, how to get involved in politics and effecting change in your community(ies).

The talks are normally held on the last Saturday of the month during the academic year, and in an effort to amplify the voices of UK students who are Black, Indigenous and people of color, they moderate the conversations. This month’s conversation will be moderated by Erome Hankore, a postdoc in the UK College of Pharmacy.

“I’m looking forward to learning about how people like me can engage in politics and do things like community engagement in a way that positively impacts our state,” Hankore said.

Booker is from Louisville and serves in the Kentucky House of Representatives for the 43rd District. He earned both his bachelor's in political science and his juris doctor from the University of Louisville, and he is currently Kentucky’s youngest Black state lawmaker. Booker serves as a member on multiple House committees (e.g., Economic Development and Workforce Development; Natural Resources and Energy), and he is a proud member of the Black Legislative Caucus. When not in session, Booker spends time with his family and helps his wife, Tanesha, raise their two daughters.

Hankore earned her doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is currently conducting research on biochemical pathways in bacterial natural product biosynthesis at UK. She serves as representative for postdocs on the GSC and as an executive committee member in the UK Society of Postdoctoral Scholars (SoPS).

Any UK students or postdocs who would like to attend this virtual event should register at

The GSC will also livestream the event on Facebook (@ukygsc), so even if interested students and postdocs cannot attend the live conversation, they can still watch it later at their convenience.

The Graduate Student Congress is the governing body for graduate and professional students and postdoctoral scholars at UK. The mission of the GSC is to unify and represent graduate and professional students and postdoctoral scholars at UK in matters affecting their quality of life, and to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and professional development through seminars, forums, outreach programming, advocacy and community enhancement.

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