Faculty and Staff Life 

  • New Therapy Services Available – With President Capilouto’s support, HR is partnering with the College of Social Work to expand the Work+Life Connections (W+LC) employee (spouses, sponsored dependents, children) therapy options and, specifically, further support the mental health needs of our Black faculty and staff. For information on the two new therapy partners, LaTasha White, LCSW, and Jonathan White, LCSW, click here. These providers are external to the university, offer late afternoon, evening and weekend hours.
  • Big Blue Virtual Tutoring Service – The Big Blue Virtual Tutoring Service for K-12 students is available to support working parents. Click here to learn more.



April 5-29 – April Work-Life Events. Activites include Midday Mingle, Elder Care, Book Club and a series on managing families. See all events here.

April 6 – Diversifying Syllabi and Curricula: A View Toward Enhancing the Discipline, 12-1 p.m. For this workshop, we acknowledge that extant paradigms at the structural, collective and individual levels can be limiting to the rewards of building diverse and inclusive courses. Participants will explore theoretical and practical approaches to enhancing syllabi and course materials with an eye toward diversity. Register here.

April 10 – Spring into Service with UK Ag Equine, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Join UK Ag Equine students, faculty & staff, and alumni in volunteering at African American Cemetery No. 2 in Lexington. Jobs will include but are not limited to picking up branches, redoing flower beds and other gardening maintenance while learning about the heritage of African Americans in the Kentucky horse industry. Register here.

April 13 – Wildflower Trivia Night, 7-8:30 p.m. In celebration of the Kentucky Native Plant Society’s Wildflower Week, The Arboretum will host a wildflower-themed trivia night on Tuesday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. This “ephemeral” event will take place on Zoom. You and your team will be quizzed on Kentucky native wildflowers, botany and flower-inspired pop culture. Don't be intimidated if you are not an expert! The event is free but preregistration required as space is limited. Please call 859-257-9339 or send an email to Arboretum@uky.edu.

April 19 – Expanding Extension’s Role in Promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, 12-1 p.m. The Cooperative Extension Service has the task of serving a multitude of individuals and communities across Kentucky and the nation. This lunchtime webinar will offer an opportunity for discussions around how we as Extension professionals can work to proactively implement programming that incorporates diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Our guest speaker will be Nicole Martin, UK director of Inclusive Excellence and Diversity Education. Learn more here.

April 22 – Lunch & Learn: Benefits Open Enrollment Summary, 12-1 p.m. Join us for a Lunch & Learn on navigating open enrollment. RSVP here.


May 6 – Cultivating Inclusion Series: Leveraging Connections: A Restorative Approach to Community Building, 12-1 p.m. The Cultivating Inclusion Series provides an informal, safe environment for faculty, staff and students to engage in conversations related to diversity and inclusion while fostering an appreciation of inclusivity within the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. In this session, participants will utilize restorative justice circles to enhance community building strategies. Register here.

May 22 – 2020 New Faculty Orientation Ignite Speaker Follow-Up Session #3: A Discussion with Dr. Lisa Cassis, vice president for research, 10-11 a.m. This workshop is intended for 2020 new faculty members. This is the third of four follow-up sessions with Ignite speakers from the 2020 New Faculty Orientation. These four Ignite speakers were ranked the highest by the new faculty that completed the NFO survey.  Cassis will discuss all things related to research at UK, as well as field questions from new faculty. Register here.



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