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University of Kentucky

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
100 Funkhouser Building, University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40506
Phone
(859) 257-2000
Email address
admissions@uky.edu
School Information
"The University of Kentucky has a broad range of resources centered on a single campus in the heart of the Bluegrass. Our wide array of programs allows us to excel in multidisciplinary studies and fosters an environment of cooperative engagement across all colleges, programs, and research endeavors. Because of the lives we touch and teach, we remain anchored in our mission to Kentucky– to educate, innovate, heal, and serve. To be sure, our complex, multi-faceted mission looks different today in many ways than it did in 1865. However, our sense of responsibility to our communities on campus and across the region is resolute. The mission has evolved and grown. The vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world beyond remains the same. They remain our compass – the soul of the University of Kentucky." The university offers over 200 academic programs across its 16 colleges and schools. (Source: http://www.uky.edu/)
General Information
The University of Kentucky, in an effort to revise its disciplinary measures, will be revising its free-speech policies, although what form the revisions will take is unclear. Additionally, $10 million in funding allocated for a research alliance on racial justice, most notably the Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies. Updates are expected as the center continues its work. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • University of Kentucky separated Resident Assistants into two training groups, “one for RAs who identify as Black, Indigenous, Person of Color and one for RAs who identify as White." The university later condemned the training and said it should not have happened.
  • The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Implementation Plan incorporated an initiative where "all sections of UK 101/201 implemented updated content for Unconscious Bias (UB) in accordance with the charge outlined by President Capilouto in mid-June 2020. This content introduced the following terms/concepts: Unconscious/conscious bias; Microaggressions; Accountability; Land acknowledgements; Ally, accomplice, co-conspirator."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • On August 19, 2021, the University of Kentucky expanded the requirement for race and ethnicity classes. “Starting in the Fall 2021 semester, the University of Kentucky’s College of Arts & Sciences will implement a one-course Race and Ethnicity requirement for all majors, starting with incoming freshmen.”
  • The University of Kentucky announces the 2021 Inaugural Class of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate Program.
Disciplinary Measures
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • University of Kentucky paid thousands to the Center for Healing Racial Trauma (an assistant professor’s private company) to host an “anti-racist” workshop for school administrators in January 2021. The center's training tells administrators to “replace white supremacy with the more accurate white inferiority complex.”
Program and Research Funding
  • $10 million in funding allocated for a research alliance on racial justice. Seed money given for the establishment of the Commonwealth Institute of for Black Studies. Partnership with the NAACP on educational access research.
Resources
  • A professor at the teaching college authored a textbook for future teachers with lessons focusing on how "bias, prejudice, stereotypes and microaggressions affect the relationships between teachers, students and families."
  • The university's library has compiled a collection of anti-racism resources and Black Lives Matter resources.
  • The College of Pharmacy offers "anti-racism" resources.
Symbolic Actions
  • In April of 2021, professors jointly wrote a post on the university's blog discussing "A Public Health Approach to Anti-Racism." The professors described a symposium in September of 2020 on "Racial and Ethnic Health Inequities in the United States."
  • Recommendation made by the “faculty group seeking to remedy racial inequities across the university” to remove the name Adolph Rupp from the University of Kentucky basketball arena.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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