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University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky

Fast Facts

Location: Lexington, Ky.
Founded: 1865
Endowment: $1.1 billion
Budget: $3.5 billion
Research Grants and Contracts Awarded: $316.5 million
Library Holdings: 4.3 million volumes
Enrollment: 30,76
President: Dr. Eli Capilouto
Provost: Dr. David W. Blackwell
Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration: Dr. Eric Monday
Executive Vice President for Research: Dr. Lisa A. Cassis
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs: Dr. Mark F. Newman

About the University

Adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. UK's campus covers more than 814 acres, with more than 30,700 students and 13,500 full-time employees, including nearly 2,400 full-time faculty and librarians.


The University of Kentucky is a public, land grant university dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service, and health care. As Kentucky's flagship institution, the University plays a critical leadership role by promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being.

Our Guiding Principles

The University is driven by the promise it has made to Kentucky, one that honors its land-grant mission and a heritage honed through 150 years of service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Six principles guide our efforts. They are: creating a vibrant undergraduate learning community, advancing a high-quality graduate and professional education portfolio, cultivating a robust research environment, developing a strong and sustainable UK infrastructure, fostering a positive work environment for faculty and staff, and ensuring a meaningful impact on the Commonwealth and the community.


As Central Kentucky's largest employer, the University of Kentucky supports the recruitment and retention of unparalleled talent - individuals who inspire learning, teaching, service and healing through innovation in work solutions, initiatives, policies and programs. Impressive benefits at the University include an excellent retirement package, with an employer match that doubles the employee's contribution, a dynamic work-life program to assist employees in balancing their work with their personal lives, a wellness program to protect, maintain and promote the health of employees, and a strategic plan that nurtures diversity of thought, culture, gender and ethnicity. For more information regarding benefits, visit


In fiscal year 2016, the University of Kentucky was awarded $316.5 million in external grants and contracts. UK is one of only eight universities across the country with the full range of undergraduate, graduate, professional and medical programs on one contiguous campus, leading to groundbreaking discoveries and unique cross-disciplinary research and scholarship. Moreover, UK is currently one of only 22 public institutions with a trifecta of federal designations of excellence in research: for aging, in cancer and in translational science. A new $265 million research facility, due to open in 2018, will bring together clinicians, scientists and scholars from across UK’s campus to reduce health gaps in Kentucky. These health gaps include cancer, cardiovascular disease & stroke, diabetes & obesity, substance abuse, and neuroscience & aging.

Research at UK is a dynamic enterprise encompassing both traditional scholarship and emerging technologies. UK is one of eight universities in the U.S. that has well-established programs in agriculture, engineering, medicine and pharmacy on a single campus, leading to groundbreaking discoveries and unique interdisciplinary collaboration.

In 2013, the UK Markey Cancer Center announced its designation as a National Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. This designation places UK among an elite group of 22 research universities that can boast the "Triple Crown" of federal research awards: NCI designation, the Clinical Translational Sciences Award, and a federally supported Alzheimer's Disease Center.

UK HealthCare

UK HealthCare has strategically developed an incredible capacity to serve the Commonwealth through its state-of-the-art patient care pavilion and emergency rooms, advanced biomedical and biological research, and a network of affiliate health care agencies throughout Kentucky. Passion for people and a vision for the "medical campus of the future" have inspired leading physicians and researchers from across the United States to join UK. Their research agenda is balanced with outreach to affiliated and partner hospitals, so Kentucky families can receive high-quality health care at home and travel to Lexington for only the most advanced, complex medical care and procedures.

Living in the Bluegrass

Ranked as one of the nation's best places to live and work, Lexington offers many diverse educational, cultural and commercial opportunities. With a population of more than 314,000 people, Lexington supports cultural attractions such as opera, ballet, theater and musical events. Surrounded by rolling hills and horse farms, the Bluegrass Region is known for its natural beauty. For more information:


Diversity Profile: University of Kentucky

With technology providing the opportunity to communicate across borders, it is important that an understanding and appreciation of cultural differences be promoted, allowing the clear exchange of ideas and information. The University of Kentucky is dedicated to creating a culturally diverse campus to engage and immerse students and to prepare them for their future in this global community. Equally, the University is striving to attract and retain a diverse faculty who can prepare students for the challenges and successes that lie ahead.


The Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity envisions the University of Kentucky as a community where equal opportunity is afforded to all, and individual contributions are valued and supported in the University's pursuit to become one of America's Top 20 public research institutions.


The Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity promotes an environment free of discrimination and inequity in accordance with the University Strategic Plan, and with federal and state equal opportunity statutes and regulations.

The Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity:

  • Collaborates with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education Committee on Equal Opportunity
  • Develops and disseminates the University Affirmative Action Plan
  • Recommends and monitors the attainment of faculty and staff employment goals
  • Handles both internal and external complaints of discrimination
  • Trains the University community on equal opportunity and affirmative action issues
  • Fosters a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment

The Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity is responsible for upholding the University's commitment to equal opportunity for all members of the University community in academic programs, research, service and employment.

Central to the work of UK’s Office for Institutional Diversity (OID) is Goal IV of the University Strategic Plan:  Promote Diversity and Inclusion. Towards achievement of this goal, OID  serves the entire university community and provides support and collaboration to the Office for Community Engagement. The vice president, assistant vice president and OID directors work across academic and non-academic units to implement ideas, collaborate on outreach and recruitment efforts, and to enhance student retention and achievement. OID staff provide consultation and assistance to the various colleges in developing diversity and inclusion strategies and metrics in their individual strategic plans. We work with the Office for Institutional Research and Institutional Effectiveness to help both academic and non-academic units make sense and use of data collected on students, faculty and staff, particularly as the information has implications for campus climate and inclusiveness efforts. OID works closely with the Office for Community Engagement in support of UK’s community outreach and service efforts. Issues of grievances, workplace conflicts and Affirmative Action should be directed to the Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity.

Office for Institutional Diversity
311 Main Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0032 
Phone: (859) 257-9293
Fax: (859) 323-2800
Email: [email protected]

Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES)
Toni Thomas, Director
660 South Limestone Street
Phone: (859) 323-6347
Fax: (859) 257-2425

Student Support Services
Lydia Wims, Director
6 Alumni Gym
Phone: (859) 257-9797
Fax: (859) 257-2960

Diversity Education and Community Building
Rebecca Comage, Assistant Director
106 Student Center
Phone: (859) 257-0179

Health Center Student Diversity & Enrichment Services Office
A307 Kentucky Clinic, 0284
Phone: (859) 257-5196

With technology providing the opportunity to communicate across borders, it is important that an understanding and appreciation of cultural differences be promoted, allowing the clear exchange of ideas and information. The University of Kentucky is dedicated to creating a culturally diverse campus to engage and immerse students and to prepare them for their future in this global community. Equally, the University is striving to attract and retain a diverse faculty who can prepare students for the challenges and successes that lie ahead.

The Office for Institutional Diversity strives to promote campus-wide diversity initiatives, empowering colleges, schools, major units, and student-led organizations to develop their own programs and strategies. While collaborating with the many different and varied diversity efforts, the OID hopes to bring about a greater sense of community and involvement at the University of Kentucky. Learn about Diversity Efforts and of Colleges and Other Major Units and about Student Diversity Efforts.

The UK Commission on Excellence, Diversity and Inclusion (which supplants the former President’s Commission on Diversity and the former President’s Commission on Women) is an issues-oriented and Task Force driven commission.

Task Force on Student Services—Heavy on student membership and focused on issues of diversity and inclusion in undergraduate co-curricular activities and engagement.  The focus is more collaboration in programming and implementation among the various student groups and offices.  The intended result is tighter, more comprehensive programming with greater economic efficiency.  

Task Force on Academic Support & Enrichment—Focused on issues of undergraduate retention and graduation.  Some of the concerns include reasonable uniformity and cohesiveness in approach to services; the Coalition for Black Male Student Success; support of efforts for success of 1st generation students, and supporting efforts to increase diversity in study away. 

Task Force on Quality of Work Life—Focused on work life issues of UK employees that enhance diversity and inclusion efforts.

Women’s Initiative for Career and Leadership Development—Evolved from the former Circles of Power program and established linkage with the American Council on Education’s Office of Women in Higher Education and with the Governor’s Commission on Women.  The goal is to help women (both faculty and administrators at/above a certain level) develop a coherent approach to thinking through and acting on plans/opportunities for professional development and opportunities for leadership.  Not all opportunities will be at UK.  

Task Force on Partner Opportunities—Housed in Office for Faculty Affairs, focused on developing a protocol and structured approach for responding to needs of finding suitable opportunities for partners of strong UK recruits to the faculty and targeted administrative posts.

Task Force on Campus Climate—Focused on socialization issues that enhance UK’s quotient of being a welcoming campus environment.  Involves strategic planning efforts for specialized activities and opportunities with some of the deans, eventually to customize efforts in most Colleges as well as to create a collective psyche around a more embracing campus environment.

Task Force on Alumni Engagement—Focused on structured and strategic involvement of alumni in targeted diversity and inclusion efforts. 

LGBT Task Force—Established by the Office for Institutional Diversity, the University of Kentucky LGBT Task Force makes ongoing assessments of attitudes and conditions throughout the University regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons and issues.

The LGBT Task Force also makes recommendations for changes and seeks implementation of these recommendations on issues such as (1) the University-wide environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, staff, and faculty; (2) appropriate supportive services for such students, staff, and faculty; (3) educational programs for the entire University community; (4) other matters affecting the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community members at the University of Kentucky.

Latino Task Force— Focused on issues to increase the Latino population on campus. It's mission is to raise awareness, and provide a welcoming climate at the University of Kentucky for Latino students, staff and faculty.

Visit University of Kentucky's official page for the Office for Institutional Diversity for more in-depth information, links and news.

A list of Campus Resources can be found here.

Programs, Centers and Units:

Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES)
Diversity Education and Community Building Center
Health Center Student Diversity and Enrichment Services
Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center
Student Support Services (SSS)

Federal TRIO Programs
National Multicultural Institute
Martin School of Public Policy & Administration

Find a diverse group of organizations that  fit your interests and learn about the benefits of joining such organizations here.

The University of Kentucky is not only centrally located in one of the most beautiful and areas of the country, Lexington is one of among the most welcoming and livable communities you'll find anywhere. When it comes to pride in an incredible and diverse place to live, learn, work and do business, you'll see we mean, well, business:

Lexington's recent annual rankings, for example, include recognition for being among the best U.S. cities for work, business, education and families.


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