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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.

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.