Great news!: UK Makes “Best Employers for Diversity” Top 100 national list

Just read this news! Wonderful recognition— but we have much more work to do! Here’s the official announcement,

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 24, 2020) — The University of Kentucky was recently recognized for diversity and inclusion on the Forbes list of “Best Employers for Diversity” in 2020. The annual ranking recognizes companies across two dozen industries nationally that demonstrate a strong commitment to inclusive workplace practices.

Forbes released its third annual list of the Best Employers for Diversity Tuesday. UK ranked in the top 100 on the list and second for companies headquartered in Kentucky.

“It’s an honor and privilege to receive this recognition from Forbes this year,” said Sonja Feist-Price, vice president for institutional diversity. “I share this award of distinction with staff, students and faculty across this great institution who work tirelessly to create a community that both values and celebrates our differences.”

The list was composed by independently surveying a sample of 50,000 employees working for organizations across the United States from a variety of industry sectors. The sample of employees used an online, anonymous access panel to rate their employer on four criteria: direct recommendations, indirect recommendations, diversity among top executives/board and key performance indicators, such as proactive communication of a diverse company culture.

The university ranked best in direct recommendations surrounding the topics of age, gender equality, ethnicity, disability and LGBTQ* inclusion, and the existence of positions and public initiatives responsible for diversity.

This is not the first time that the university has been recognized for its diversity and inclusion efforts. Forbes recognized UK in 2019 and 2018 as a “Best Employer” and “Best Employer for Diversity.” UK has also earned praise from organizations such as INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the Chronicle of Higher Education and Campus Pride.

To learn more about UK’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, click here. For a look at Forbes’ list, see here.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for” two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes’ list of “America’s Best Employers.”  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

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