Diversity at Our School

Diversity is defined as embracing differences between people and promoting increased inclusion with the purpose of creating a welcoming community, including with regards to age, ethnicity, gender, marital status, military service, physical disabilities, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic condition, culture, and nationality. This definition of diversity values an institutional commitment that actively contributes to academic and professional excellence through its inclusive institutional culture, academic programs, and co-curricular activities that prepare students for active, global citizenship. This commitment further allows for an educational process that fosters growth among all members of the academic community by including a wide array of talents and recognizing that human differences are organizational strengths.

The School of Information Science (SIS) endorses the goals and plans for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) of its parent institutions, the College of Communication and Information (https://ci.uky.edu/ci/diversity-and-inclusion) and the University of Kentucky (https://dei.uky.edu/). The SIS is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in education and employment without discrimination or harassment based on individual background. Within our primary mission to promote academic excellence, the SIS seeks to accomplish its goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion through fair processes, equality of opportunity and accessibility, and sensitivity to the needs of its students and all other people with whom it interacts.

The SIS recognizes that its domain of information has a powerful effect on society and that information plays a pivotal role in fostering equity, social justice, and the respect for individual differences. Further, the School has a critical responsibility to prepare its students to be active and tolerant participants in this increasingly diverse society. We believe the inclusion of people from across society, particularly those from underrepresented and underserved groups, is vital for the field of information sciences and our society.


Current Diversity Committee Members (SIS):

Firaz Peer

Daniela DiGiacomo

Jessalyn Vallade


Read Our Diversity Plan Here

Read recent diversity-related posts from the School


Diversity Resources at UK

Office for Institutional Diversity

UK Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity Scholars Programs

Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES)

Martin Luther King Center

Office of Academic Ombud Services

UK International Center

College of Communication & Information Diversity and Inclusion

UK Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity

UK Disability Resource Center