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Webinar on Diversity Initiatives at UK Being Held Sept. 16.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 14, 2020) — In recent weeks, the University of Kentucky has taken a number of substantive steps to demonstrate its commitment toward becoming a more diverse, equitable and inclusive campus community by investing in research around issues of racial disparities and inequities, partnering with national organizations to examine and address issues of educational access, and re-aligning the institution’s senior administration to better reflect a diverse campus.

Join the UK Alumni Association and the Office for Institutional Diversity (OID) for a lively discussion on the importance of diversity initiatives at UK and how they can best support students now and in the future. Register for the webinar, Building a Diverse Community Through Scholarship and Student Support, scheduled for noon Wednesday, Sept. 16, via Zoom.  

The event’s moderator is Quentin Tyler, ’02 ’05 ’11, the associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion at the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Tyler is also chairman of the UK Alumni Association Board of Directors Diversity & Engagement Committee.

 The panelists are:

  • George C. Wright, ’72 ’74, senior adviser to the president and interim vice president for institutional diversity in the UK Office for Institutional Diversity
  • Taunya A. Phillips, ’87 ’04, immediate past president of the UK Alumni Association and senior associate director of new ventures and alliances in the UK Office of Technology Commercialization
  • Lee A. Jackson, ’73, president of the UK Alumni Association Lyman T. Johnson African-American UK Alumni Group
  • Johnathon T. Davis, ’92, CEO, founder and managing partner at JT Davis Asset Management
  • Jason C. Brooks, executive director for institutional engagement in the UK Office for Institutional Diversity
  • Elaine A. Wilson, ’68, past president of the UK Alumni Association and director of diversity, equity & inclusion, Somerset Community College, Kentucky Community and Technical College System

Register for the event here. For more information, contact Jack Gallt at 859-257-3801 or

The UK Alumni Association is committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association, visit or call 800-269-2586.

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.