We are pleased to be able to support the continuation of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Diversity Award.  For the past 25 years, we have been able to recognize Extension professionals who, through targeted efforts excelled in reaching new clientele. This is a joint award open to Kentucky State University and University of Kentucky Extension employees. The University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food & Environment’s Office of Diversity assists in award recognition. Those chosen for the award will receive a plaque and a program award of $500.00 (individual) and $1,000.00 (team) to use in their county/department to continue diversity efforts. 
We commend those for their work done in this area and encourage you to apply for this year’s award.

The Diversity Award recognizes special efforts to target groups of people not previously served by Extension.  This award supports programs that go beyond Affirmative Action efforts to develop a culture and environment in which diversity is valued and pluralism is achieved.

2019 Diversity Award Recipients

Individual Award Winner
Reda Fugate, Perry County Sr. Nutrition Education Program Assistant, pictured second from left, collaborated with the American Printing House for the Blind to get SNAP-Ed materials translated into Braille for utilization of visually impaired clients.  

Team Award Winner
Lynn Blakenship, Metcalfe County County Family Consumer Sciences Agent, and Heather Shaw, Sr. Nutrition Education Program Assistance, created opportunities for developmentally challenged clients in Metcalfe County. Monthly program sessions focused on becoming more independent and confident in the kitchen.