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Year of Equity: Reflecting on Diversity and Inclusion at UK 70 Years After Desegregation

2019 marks the 70th Anniversary of Lyman T. Johnson’s successful lawsuit to integrate the University of Kentucky. The College of Arts and Sciences will host a series of events during the 2019-2020 academic year to look both backward at that historic moment and forward to increasing equity and inclusion in our communities. Johnson’s lawsuit marked the moment when one individual black person won admittance to the state’s flagship university, a milestone that we now recognize as the first step on a long road to meaningful equality for all. The Year of Equity seeks to spark meaningful dialogue on issues across race, gender, ability, sexuality, class, ethnicity, citizenship status, and religion on our own campus, in central Kentucky, and around the globe.