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UK's Human Development Institute Presents 2020 University Lecture Series

UK's Human Development Institute is pleased to present the 2020 University Lecture Series.
UK's Human Development Institute is pleased to present the 2020 University Lecture Series.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 9, 2020) — The University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute (HDI) has developed a series of dynamic one-hour lecture and seminar style presentations that allow HDI faculty, staff and partners to share information with the university community about an array of content that highlights the experience of disability, inclusion and universal design. The lecture series launched in the fall of 2019 with 17 lectures provided to more than 700 students and faculty. Due to the series popularity last fall, HDI is extending it this spring.

“HDI has a wide range of projects and expertise that is probably better known off campus,” explained HDI Executive Director Kathy Sheppard-Jones. “The University Lecture Series is a way for us to give back to UK.”

The presentations cover an array of topics that include foundational lectures on disability, advocacy, health, employment, universal design and assistive technology. While the content is expansive, the common theme is around building inclusive communities. Presenters are people with disabilities, family members of people with disabilities and other interdisciplinary experts.

Visit to review the titles and descriptions of presentations included in the series. 

For more information or to schedule a lecture for your class, contact Caroline Gooden at

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 three 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" two 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 four 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.