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Dr. Mia Farrell

Assistant Dean and Director for Diversity

S101A Ag Science Center North
Lexington KY 40546

Office Hours:

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


The mission of the Office of Diversity is to continually foster an environment of inclusion, respect, and appreciation of differences. Our efforts will support these goals through action, outreach, and accountability. The fundamental belief that all faculty, staff and students deserve a chance to be successful within our College will guide our efforts. 


The Office of Diversity Programs within the College of Agriculture at the University of Kentucky will serve as a symbol of excellence to the people of Kentucky and beyond through efforts in education, service, scholarship, and leadership in the field of agriculture. It is through these efforts that we strive to provide enrichment on the importance of diversity within our work, educational and social environments.


An ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures. A culturally competent individual:

  • has an awareness of one's worldviews
  • possesses knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews
  • possesses cross-cultural skills to better interact with those from other cultures

 "Diversity, as a concept, describes an inclusive community of people with varied human characteristics, ideas, and world views related, but not limited, to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, color, creed, national origin, age, disabilities, socio-economic status, life experiences, geographical region, or ancestry. Diversity in concept expects the creation by an institution of a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment that honors and respects those differences. The policy "focusing on adverse student body and workforce" advocates the inclusion of students and employees from historically under-served populations, but historical and ongoing." 

(Governing Regulations I-10)

Creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs.

The active, intentional and ongoing engagement with diversity defines inclusion- in the curriculum, co-curriculum, and communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographic). Such individuals might connect- in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions. 

Students who categorize themselves as

a) Hispanic or Latinx

b) American Indian or Alaskan Native

c) Black or African American

d) Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

e) two or more races