The University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment respectfully acknowledges that the University of Kentucky sits​ on the traditional territory of the Osage, Shawnee, Cherokee, Adena, and Hopewell peoples.

A Message from Dean Cox

Nancy CoxThe University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is committed to a diverse and inclusive college where all members feel valued through our programs, policies, and services. Diversity is a  driving force in our service to stakeholders in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  We foster a welcoming environment where diversity is valued and all individuals can fulfill their highest potential by integrating different ideas, beliefs and cultures. All members of our college are united by their commitment to the pursuit of diversity as it is outlined explicitly in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Strategic Plan. A commitment to diversity is essential to enhance the quality of decision making, problem solving and innovation. As Dean, I view the respect of diversity as the cornerstone of all our actions as we shape a  more productive college, commonwealth, and nation.  

Nancy Cox, Dean 


Mia Farrell, Interim Director of Diversity, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Mia Farrell, Assistant Dean and Director for Diversity, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture Office of Diversity is to position the College of Agriculture to be nationally recognized for its efforts in strengthening workplace diversity, recruiting and retaining a diverse student body, building cultural competency, and most importantly serving as a resource for faculty, staff, and students within the units of the College of Agriculture as it seeks to enhance our land grant mission of teaching, research, and extension. Having made relationships in Agriculture across the state, I understand the importance of diversity within our college.  I look forward to establishing the Office of Diversity as a symbol of excellence that best serves our constituents and assists them in reaching their dreams through efforts in education, service, scholarship, and leadership. It is through these efforts that I strive to provide enrichment on the importance of diversity within our work, educational and social environments.

Please find resources below to assist students, staff and stakeholders make informed decisions as we continue to move the College's mission forward during this transitional time.

Cooperative Extension Service Training Requests

The Office of Diversity is happy to support the Cooperative Extension Service with any diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training needs. To request training, please complete the request form below.

Training Request Form

Bias Incident Report Form

This form serves as an official report to the University of Kentucky regarding an incident or incidents of bias, hate, bigotry, and/or identity-based violence.

Submit A Report

University and Community Resources for Diverse Communities

Utilize this directory to locate university and community resources based on the following categories: university pillars, university affiliation, race/ethnicity, identity/background/ability, and resource type.

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Faculty DEI Resources

Within our classrooms, and across our campus, each of us is responsible for creating an environment that is purposefully equitable and inclusive. Join us in fostering equity and antiracism in the classroom and beyond. To access materials, please log-in with your Link Blue credentials.

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University of Kentucky Inclusive Excellence Awards

The University of Kentucky Inclusive Excellence Recognition Awards recognizes the accomplishments of individuals and their teams that demonstrate a sustained commitment to diversity and inclusion through campus and community involvement and exemplary leadership. The CAFE Office of Diversity is a 2020 Inclusive Excellence Recognition Awards recipient!

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UK Chapter of MANRRS

The UK MANRRS chapter helps promote the advancement of members of ethnic/cultural groups that are underrepresented in agricultural and related sciences. Members have the opportunity to participate in diverse activities that support their and others' academic and professional development and achievement.

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Junior MANRRS Program

The Junior MANRRS Program is designed to stimulate the interest in science, technology, engineering, agricultural, and mathematics fields, or STEAM. The goal is to encourage students in grades 7–12 to attend college and pursue agriculture, natural resources, and environmental sciences degrees.

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Support the LGBTQ Ag and Environmental Sciences Fund

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BEYOND: The Wildcat AGperience

Hosted by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Office of Diversity, BEYOND: the Wildcat AGperience holds dialogue focused on conversations of equity, inclusion and elevating the student experience. The podcast strives to deepen the understanding of where we are and where we want to go.

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