Intercultural Awareness Day

Intercultural Awareness Day

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  • Intercultural Awareness Day 2023
  • Intercultural Awareness Day 2021
  • Intercultural Awareness Day 2019
  • Intercultural Awareness Day 2018
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The 5th annual event was held on March 28, 2023 in the Helen King Alumni Building. Centered on mental health in the agriculture and farming community, the program was keynoted by Dr. Cheryl Witt from the University of Louisville, along with a farmer panel and engaged attendees in the agricultural community QPR for farmers and farm families that was delivered by the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention (SCAHIP).

The 4th Annual Intercultural Awareness Day was held November 1, 2021, in the E.S. Good Barn. The program centered on rural and urban sustainability in the local food system and featured a keynote address from Ashley C. Smith, CEO of Black Soil: Our Better Nature. Attendees also engaged with minority business owners throughout the food chain from Lexington that include Toa Green from Crank and Boom Ice Cream; Chef Angelia Drake, From the Heart; and Chef Dan Wu, owner of former restaurant Atomic Ramen. Special appearances were also made by Rob Perez, owner of DV8 Kitchen, and Martina Barksdale, co-founder of SoulFeast Week.

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

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 were 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 was a 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 Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. During the celebration, participants who attended the religious tour shared their experiences with the group, along with a student panel represented by various religions. This allowed participants to gain awareness and exposure to the religious diversity that makes up the UK campus and Lexington community.

Contact Information

Dr. Mia Farrell, Ed.D.
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

S101A Ag. Science Center North Lexington, KY 40546-0091

+1 (859) 218-4800