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Eastern Kentucky University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
521 Lancaster Drive
Richmond, Kentucky 40475
(859) 622-1000
School Information
Eastern Kentucky University ( boasts a rich heritage of outstanding service to the region and Commonwealth of Kentucky. The origins of what is now EKU can be traced to the 1874 founding of Central University in Richmond. The roots of present-day Eastern go back to 1906 with the establishment of Eastern Kentucky State Normal School No. 1 on the old Central University campus. In 1922 it became a four-year institution and changed its name to the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School and Teachers College, awarding its first degrees under that name in 1925. The school received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1928; then, two years later, in 1930, it changed its name again to the Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College. Eastern added graduate studies in 1935, and thirteen years later, in 1948, the General Assembly removed the word Teachers from the school's name, and granted it the right to award nonprofessional degrees. It was not until 1966 that the school was officially renamed Eastern Kentucky University. In 2010, the University awarded its first doctoral degree -- in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Dr. Michael T. Benson is the University's 12th President.
General Information
Eastern Kentucky University does not yet require CRT training for students, faculty, or staff. However, "The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is committed to providing leadership, education, and resources in support of Eastern Kentucky University’s commitment to building a more diverse and inclusive campus community. As an institution we recognize that institutional excellence depends on how well we value, engage, and include the diversity of our campus community. The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provides strategic leadership for efforts directed towards embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion into the institution’s recruiting, admissions, hiring and promotion processes; into its curriculum and co-curriculum, and into its administrative structures and practices." (source: Eastern Kentucky does offer degrees in Social Justice. See below:

Actions Taken

Program and Research Funding
  • Eastern Kentucky offers a Bachelor's in Social Justice.
  • The university offers a minor in "Social Welfare."
  • The Justice Studies Department (which also includes the Criminal Justice programs) lists courses relating to Social Justice.
  • Eastern Kentucky created the 2016-2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan.
  • The Counseling Center offers resources for "Racial Trauma and Healing" as well as toolkits for "Aspiring Allies."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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