The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment (CAFE) is committed to diversity and inclusion. It is our hope to make sure students, staff and faculty are provided a culturally aware environment so that they can successfully engage in a global society. Its our hope that you can join us at our annual Intercultural Awareness hosted by the CAFE Office of Diversity in the fall.

The Intercultural Awareness Day: Exploring Our Spirits program goal is to educate, inform, and expose faculty, staff, and students to the various religions that make up the UK campus and Lexington community. Faculty, staff, and students will be invited to join a celebration of our community's rich religious diversity with a faith-based banquet with foods common to various religions. Prior to the celebration, a day-long religious tour/visit to the following religious centers: Temple Adath Israel, Unitarian Universalist Church, Langar at Gurdwara (Sikh), and Masjid Bilal lbn Rabah Mosque (Muslim) with speakers providing an introduction to their respective religions for a select group of college faculty, staff, and students that represent each unit and department in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. During the celebration, participants who were attending the religious tour will share their experiences with the group, along with a student panel represented by various religions. This will allow participants to gain awareness and exposure to the religious diversity that makes up the UK Campus and Lexington community.

The 2019 Intercultural Awareness Day, Thriving in your Multi-Generational Community, was held on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. 

For the first time in history, five generations are working alongside each other in the workplace, each with different leadership, communication, and career development styles. With this in mind, the one-day conference focused on:

  • How to overcome generational stereotyping by encouraging collaboration between team members of different generations on projects.
  • Understanding different work styles so that individuals are more likely to be motivated to perform well when they have a certain level of autonomy about how they work.
  • Ways to adopt various communication techniques and technology that encourages people to use their preferred communication method.
  • Learning about the successful integration of multiple generations through mentoring, advising, full-time employment, internships, etc.
  • Attendees had the opportunity to engage in critical conversations surrounding generational differences in today’s world through experiential learning activities