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Our Mission

The University of Kentucky College of Nursing embraces diversity and inclusion as core values that support our goal of providing an intellectually stimulating environment where a variety of ideas and perspectives work together to foster innovation.

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Strategic Plan

The College's strategic plans show how we have created deliberate steps to optimize the health of our learning and working environments and create an engaged culture – one that empowers students, faculty and staff to reach their full potential. 

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Equity Outreach and Social Justice Council

The Equity Outreach and Social Justice Council (EOSJC) is comprised of students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and community members, including nurses and non-nurses to help us holistically address DEI at the UK College of Nursing. 

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Welcome from the Assistant Dean

Welcome to the Office of Inclusive Excellence (OIE) at the University of Kentucky’s College of Nursing! There are so many exciting new changes happening at the College including the restructuring of our OIE. We are working on expanding on existing programs and building new programs to support inclusive excellence and innovative strategic initiatives to advance diversity and equity.  

While all our students, faculty and staff engage in efforts to enhance OIE initiatives, we have a dedicated group of active members in our Equity, Outreach and Social Justice (EOSJ) council who serve as advocates, allies and resources to our college, university, and community.

Please stay abreast of our programming efforts via our website and feel free to reach out to myself or any of our EOSJ council members if you would like to learn more. 

Dr. Jean Edward, PhD, RN, CHPE Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence


Stay up to date on events hosted by the Inclusive Excellence team. 

Programs & Iniatives

Explore our diverse array of programs and initiatives, created to foster an inclusive and empowering environment for all. 


The College of Nursing and University of Kentucky offer several resources for students, faculty, and staff to address inequality in higher education and nursing. 

Recent News

April is Celebrate Diversity Month

April is Celebrate Diversity Month! Celebrate diversity by attending some of these events. 

UK Nursing's Lovoria Williams, UK cancer center works to decrease disparities for Black, Hispanic communities

The University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center is working to decrease the health disparity that Black and Hispanic communities face. The community health worker position was formed under the Kentucky Cancer Program. It’s a statewide program led by the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center and the University of Louisville’s Brown Cancer Center.

College of Nursing Students, Alumna, and Staff Honored with Lyman T. Johnson Awards

Two students, an alumna and a staff member from the College of Nursing were honored on Friday, October 14 during the 31st annual Lyman T. Johnson Awards program, which was hosted by The UK Alumni Association, the Lyman T. Johnson African American Alumni Group, and the UK Office for Institutional Diversity. Friday’s ceremony was a combined 2021 and 2022 ceremony because last year’s event was postponed due to the pandemic.