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									President’s Awards for Diversity Announced

Media Contact: Gail Hairston, (859) 257-3302

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2006) – University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. today presented
the fourth annual President’s Awards for Diversity in honor and appreciation of those who have
demonstrated outstanding efforts toward advancing UK’s mission of embracing diversity while
maintaining academic excellence.
The awards were presented to six individuals and one unit within the university during a ceremony at
the UK Biomedical/Biological Sciences Research Building. Todd joined Jaime Nebbitt and Ricardo
Nazario-Colon, co-chairs of the President’s Commission on Diversity, in the award presentation. The
winners in their individual categories are:
UK Department/Unit
   * James W. Stuckert Career Center
UK Student
   * Willie W. Craft, Jr., doctoral candidate, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

* Liria Morrell, undergraduate, College of Pharmacy
* Ignacio David Acevedo-Polakovich, doctoral candidate, Psychology

UK Administrator
   * William H. Turner, vice president for University Engagement and associate provost for
Multicultural and Academic Affairs
UK Faculty
   * Keith K. Schillo, associate professor, Animal and Food Sciences

UK Staff
   * Deborah Danner, director of African American Dementia Outreach Partnership, Sanders-Brown
Center on Aging

“I am proud to honor those on campus who continue to champion diversity at the University of
Kentucky,” said Todd. “Their energy and efforts to make this university a more warm and welcoming
place is integral in our continued mission to build a Top 20 public research university.”
The university’s strategic plan recognizes the importance of institutional diversity and established a
definitive goal for the university to nurture diversity of thought, culture, gender and ethnicity. In
recognition of this important objective, the university established the President's Award for Diversity in
honor and appreciation of those who have demonstrated outstanding efforts toward advancing the
university's mission of embracing diversity while maintaining academic excellence.

Winners in each category met one or more of the following criteria:
   * Demonstrate a consistent pattern of firm commitment to the recruitment and retention of
individuals of underrepresented populations
   * Cultivate and promote diversity initiatives that establish and foster a more inclusive and equitable
work/learning environment
   * Consistently demonstrate efforts exceeding his or her mandated job responsibilities to promote
and ensure diversity
   * Promote and facilitate equitable education and social engagement with and between people of
varying ethnic or religious backgrounds, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and/or physical and
mental capabilities
   * Exhibit visionary and insightful leadership to confront and resolve inequities through strategic
decision-making, allocation of resources, and establishment of priorities

Create new and progressive best practices that support the diversity goal of the strategic plan

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