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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

Admissions Policies
  • EKU states that it is "committed to recruiting and retaining students from all segments of society, including African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Center for Inclusive Excellence and Global Engagement at EKU "provides educational programs, workshops, and resources for faculty, staff, and students to equip them with the tools and knowledge needed to foster a sense of belonging for all at EKU."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The General Education degree at EKU requires all students to take two courses from an "element" titled "Diversity of Perspectives and Experiences." Courses in this element include: "Race and Ethnicity" and "Culturally Responsive Perspectives."
Program and Research Funding
  • The Dr. Rodney Gross Diversity Scholarship program "provides scholarships to applicants based on a holistic evaluation of academic achievement, listing of school activities and a personal essay." The description of the program also states, "We are committed to recruiting and retaining students from all segments of society, including African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino."
  • Eastern Kentucky offers a Bachelor's in Social Justice.
  • 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."
  • EKU offers a certificate (2023-2024) in "Diversity in Society" and is "ideal for all undergraduate students who want to work with diverse populations." Courses offered to fulfill the certificate include: "Race and Ethnicity," "Living in a Diverse World," and "Social Inequality."
  • On February 9, 2023, the Police Studies Department published an article titled "The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in Policing," which states "A diverse and inclusive police force is essential for building trust and legitimacy in the community, and for ensuring that all members of society are treated with dignity and respect."
  • EKU provides an "Institutional Diversity and Inclusion - Research Guide" which "serves as an information portal for diversity and inclusion in higher education that contains articles, books, reports, and web sites on diversity plans and policies, the diverse recruitment of faculty, staff, and students, as well as information on environment/campus climate, equity & inclusion, funding, policy & curriculum intervention..."
Last updated November 16th, 2023
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