University of Kentucky. Special Collections Research Center. Office of Minority Affairs/Office of Multicultural Affairs/Office for Institutional Diversity General Records

Abstract

The University of Kentucky. Special Collections Research Center. Office of Minority Affairs/Office of Multicultural and Academic Affairs/Office for Institutional Diversity general records (dated 1974-2019, 0.7 cubic feet; 2 document boxes) primarily comprise newspaper clippings and UKnow articles, memoranda, brochures, event flyers, and reports that demonstrate the development of the University of Kentucky Office of Minority Affairs into the Office of Multicultural Affairs and later into the Office for Institutional Diversity, as well as the university's institutional commitment towards equity, diversity, and inclusion through the late 20th century and early 21st century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
University of Kentucky. Special Collections Research Center. Office of Minority Affairs/Office of Multicultural Affairs/Office for Institutional Diversity General Records
Date
1974-2019 (inclusive)
Extent
0.7 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Discrimination in education -- United States.
Minorities in higher education
Universities and colleges -- Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject into 3 series: News and Publications, Event Information, Press Release, and Flyers, and Reports, Policies, and Planning.
Finding Aid Author
Daniela Gamez Salgado, Ruth E. Bryan
Preferred Citation
2020ua031: [identification of item], The University of Kentucky. Special Collections Research Center. Office of Minority Affairs/Office of Multicultural and Academic Affairs/Office for Institutional Diversity general records, 1974-2019, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The University of Kentucky (UK) Office of Minority Affairs was an administrative unit established in the early 1970s (probably in 1972) and was a source of institutional support and representation for underrepresented student, faculty, and staff populations at the University of Kentucky. The goal of the Office of Minority Affairs was to "assist both students and University staff in the development of coordinated programs and supportive services for minority students when specific needs cannot be met effectively through the use of existing resources." Although originally called the Office of Minority Student Affairs, reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs, it eventually became a separate office, led by the Vice President of Minority Affairs, later renamed the Vice Chancellor of Minority Affairs. In the office's early years, the office focused on developing educational and cultural programming and the recruitment and retention of minority students. The office also offered non-academic counseling and later developed an academic support unit, also known as the Learning Services Center.
The Office of Minority Affairs was renamed as the Office of Multicultural and Academic Affairs effective July 1, 2003, by the recommendation of President Todd to the Board of Trustees. The units and programs under this office expanded to include the UK Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (UK CARES), the Freshman Summer Program, the Critical First-Year Program, the Science Living-Learning Community, the Martin Luther King, Jr., Cultural Center, Multicultural Student Programming, and Student Support Services. The name change reflected the broader range of services and broader mission acquired by the office.
Sometime between 2008 and 2010, the office was once again renamed as the Office for Institutional Diversity, coinciding with Judy Jackson's appointment as Vice President for Institutional Diversity on July 1, 2008. Currently, the office now manages more units including the Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES) department; Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives department; Office of LGBTQ* Resources department; Martin Luther King Center; the Kentucky-West Virginia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation; Inclusive Excellence and Education; and Student Support Services. The departments are known to "work across academic and non-academic units to implement ideas, collaborate on outreach and recruitment efforts, and to enhance student retention and achievement." Following Judy Jackson's retirement in 2015, Sonja Feist-Price (2017-2020) and Gerald Wright (2020- ) have led the unit. Previous leaders include Jerry L. Stevens, Chester Grundy, and William Turner.
Sources: 1. University of Kentucky Bulletin. General Information for Undergraduates, vol. 66, no. 5, 1974-1975. 2. University of Kentucky University Senate (Faculty Senate) meeting minutes, 1990 November 12 3. Blackford, Linda. "Long Search for UK diversity chief results in one internal candidate." Lexington Herald-Leader, 2017 March 2. https://www.kentucky.com/article135961583.html 4. Office for Institutional Diversity. "Units and Contacts." https://www.uky.edu/inclusiveexcellence/units-contacts 5. University of Kentucky Board of Trustees. Meeting Minutes, 2005 September 20. https://exploreuk.uky.edu/catalog/xt780g3gxs1d#page/1/mode/1up/search/%22office+of+multicultural+and+academic+affairs%22 6. University of Kentucky Board of Trustees. Meeting Minutes, 1972 June 14. https://exploreuk.uky.edu/catalog/xt70rx937x1m#page/1/mode/1up/search/%22Minority+student+affairs%22 7. University of Kentucky Board of Trustees. Meeting Minutes. 2003 September 16. https://exploreuk.uky.edu/catalog/xt7crj48q14p
Scope and Content
The University of Kentucky. Special Collections Research Center. Office of Minority Affairs/Office of Multicultural and Academic Affairs/Office for Institutional Diversity general records (dated 1974-2019, 0.7 cubic feet; 2 document boxes) primarily comprise newspaper clippings and UKnow articles, memoranda, brochures, event flyers, and reports that demonstrate the development of the University of Kentucky Office of Minority Affairs into the Office of Multicultural Affairs and later into the Office for Institutional Diversity, as well as the university's institutional commitment towards equity, diversity, and inclusion through the late 20th century and early 21st century. Also includes conference proceedings, a minority graduate student handbook from 1980, a strategic and institutional effectiveness plan, and a copy of the policy on discrimination and harassment.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

News and Publications, 1974-2019

Newspaper clippings, Office of Minority Affairs, 1974-1979

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Minority graduate student handbook, 1980

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Newspaper clippings, Office of Minority Affairs, 1980-1989

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Newspaper clippings, Office of Minority Affairs, 1990-1999

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Newspaper clippings, Office of Minority Affairs/Office of Multicultural Affairs, 2000-2009

  • Box 1, folder 5
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UKnow and news articles, Office for Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity/Institutional Diversity, 2010-2019, undated

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Event Information, Press Release, and Flyers, 1976-2016

Event announcements, press release, and memoranda, Office of Minority Affairs, 1976-2012

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Recruitment and information pamphlets, Office of Minority Affairs, 1976-1999

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Event flyers and invitations, Office of Minority Affairs, 1977-2003, undated

  • Box 1, folder 9
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"Recruitment and Retention of Minority Students in Teacher Education" proceedings of the National Invitational Conference, Office of Minority Affairs, 1987

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Press release and memoranda, Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity/Institutional Diversity/Multicultural and Academic Affairs, 2006-2016

  • Box 1, folder 11
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Flyers and brochures, Office for Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity/Institutional Diversity, 2008-2016

  • Box 1, folder 12
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Reports, Policies, and Planning, 1990-2008

Annual reports, 1990-1991, 1999-2002, 2006-2011

  • Box 2, folder 1
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Self-study report, Office of Minority Affairs, 1992 March

  • Box 2, folder 2
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Strategic and institutional effectiveness plan, Office of Minority Affairs, 1992-1994

  • Box 2, folder 3
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Report of the committee for research and analysis on African-American student success, 2005-2006

  • Box 2, folder 4
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Policy on discrimination and harassment, Office for Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity/Office for Institutional Diversity, 2008 July 1

  • Box 2, folder 5
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