The Office of Diversity is responsible for the development, administration, and support of diversity programs and initiatives for students, faculty, and staff throughout the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. We foster a commitment to assisting students through academic, professional, and personal growth. It is through these efforts that we strive to provide enrichment on the importance of diversity within our work, educational and social environments.

Program Offerings Include:

  • American Private Enterprise System Youth Program
  • CAFE Graduate Student Fellowship
  • Cooperative Extension Internship Program
  • Cultivating Inclusion Series
  • Extension Diversity Awards
  • Intercultural Awareness Day
  • Junior MANRRS Leadership Institute and Program
  • MANRRS Professional Society
  • Unconscious Bias and DEI Training for students, faculty & staff
  • Social Justice Trainings
  • Coming Together for Racial Understanding Training

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The late Percy R. Luney Sr., a native of Breckinridge County, was a war heropublic servant who conducted pioneering work analyzing highly classified information and a champion for civil rightsHe served for four years as part of the famed 92nd “Buffalo” Infantry Division in World War II and was awarded three Bronze Stars. In 1953, he completed a master’s degree in agricultural economics at UK, becoming the first African American to receive degree from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. He went on the do post-graduate studies at the University of Chicago before taking a post as an intelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Agency 

Luney used high-altitude photography and satellite-based remote sensing to project agricultural production in the Soviet Union. He left the CIA after 11 years and moved to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, Natural Resource Economics DivisionIn 1969, he became deputy chief for the evaluation unit in the USDA Office of the Secretary of Agriculture for Civil RightsHe developed and evaluated various tools to measure the impact of USDA programs on minority participantsHe established base data to measure USDA programs’ progress toward equal access and opportunity. 

His work in support of civil rights at USDA continued as chief of the Program Planning and Evaluation Division in the Office of Equal Opportunity (1971-1978) and as chief of the Civil Rights Division in the Office of Equal Opportunity (1978-1982). He retired from USDA in January 1982 and moved from Washington, D.C. to Durham, North Carolina. Mr. Luney died in 2004. 

Watch the video as we honor the achievements of Mr. Percy R. Luney, Sr.

Upcoming College & Campus Events

Please see below events happening across the University of Kentucky campus engaging in diversity, equity, and inclusion topics. 

Event fliers will be provided as more information becomes available.