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Aaron Thompson: Don’t listen to skeptics about its value — college is still worth it for many reasons

To all of the students who recently graduated from a Kentucky college or university, thank you for having the fortitude and determination to make it to the finish line. You’ve achieved something powerful and transformative that will dramatically improve the quality of your life — a college credential. You may have noticed that people are more skeptical about the value of college than they used...

Eli Capilouto: Creating a real ‘sense of place’ means listening, re-thinking, to embrace all our students

As thousands of new students and families visit campus for “see blue. U,” we are reminded of the important sense of place that a college or university must be for those who learn, discover, work, and heal on its campus. That sense of place — of belonging — is fundamental to the success of UK and to each individual who steps foot on our campus.  The importance of place was evident last week...

Bill Straub: Take Carrollton KY, a good, safe place to live (as it should be) but diverse with ‘darker’ people

Some years back, at least a quarter-century ago when the burley economy was still thriving, I spent a couple days in Carrollton to research an article on migrant labor. I recall driving toward the Ohio River at the northern edge of town one evening when I happened upon a grocery store, and not just any grocery store. It was painted in red and green and the signs out front were all in Spanish. In this...

UK earns recognition as Diversity Champion college by Insight into Diversity magazine

By Blair Hoover Conner Special to KyForward INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has recognized the University of Kentucky as one of 15 Diversity Champion colleges and universities in the nation. Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs and at the highest administrative levels. “UK is a visionary leader...

UofL, IU, Missouri S&T win grant to help women, minority scientists become entrepreneurs

The University of Louisville, Indiana University and Missouri University of Science and Technology will be helping women and minority faculty, staff and student innovators improve their success in securing money to commercialize their inventions. The National Science Foundation has awarded a $225,000 grant for a pilot program, called AWARE: ACCESS: Building Innovation Capacity through Diversity. UofL...

Commentary: More shooting deaths remind us of our responsibility to keep the promise

By Terry Allen Special to KyForward There are so many things we don’t yet know about the tragic shooting deaths this week of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, now compounded by the horrific killing and wounding of 12 police officers in Dallas. What we do know is, in so many respects, of little comfort. We are enveloped by a numbing sensation, overwhelming confusion and sadness. So many of...