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UK to Host Candidate Forums for Director of Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Education

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2019) — As part of a national search process, the University of Kentucky Office for Institutional Diversity will be hosting two finalists for the open position of director of Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Education. This directorship is an elevated and expanded role that builds on the extensive work related to the Unconscious Bias Initiative that reaches all corners of the university.

This position will be an integral team member in the Office for Institutional Diversity, serving as an innovative diversity and inclusion educator supporting UK’s mission to be a place where everyone belongs and succeeds. Reporting to the vice president for institutional diversity, this director will be charged with strategic leadership of diversity and inclusion education, development of unconscious bias and other training programs, consultation and college and departmental engagement, as well as assessment and metric development for educational initiatives.

The two finalists will each facilitate a campus forum and workshop aimed at highlighting unique skills and vision she would bring to directorship. All members of our campus community are invited to participate in these forums and workshops:

  • Candidate 1 Forum: 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the Lexmark Room of Main Building; 
  • Candidate 2 Forum: 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Lexmark Room of Main Building; and

Each candidate’s curriculum vitae will be available on the main page of the Office for Institutional Diversity’s website: These documents will be posted at one time on Monday, Sept. 9. UK community members who attend the forum/workshops will have an opportunity to provide anonymous feedback at the conclusion of each session.

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 two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for," 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 three 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.