This is our story.


Founded by Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, eighteenth president of Kentucky State University, the Atwood Institute for Race, Education, and the Democratic Ideal is an extension of the mission of Kentucky State University, which has for more than 131 years, educated students to make a difference in the world. In keeping with our primary focus of attracting and educating talented students, and having a dedicated and diverse faculty and staff who deliver on that commitment, the Atwood Institute is a convening place, research center, and training ground for matters of race, education, and the democratic ideal.

The Atwood Institute heralds the tenure of Rufus Ballard Atwood, ninth president at Kentucky State University, raising it and the platform of Kentucky State University for the benefit of our University’s community as well as for the larger Kentucky and national landscapes. In an era where multiple constituencies across the American nation are struggling to find their place against an unfortunate backdrop of poverty, underachievement, and unarmed civilian deaths at the hands of police officers, the Atwood Institute is an effort to assume the mantles of detection, dialogue, and discovery for three of the most important topics of our time.


 honor diverse experiences | dismantle negative stereotypes | train emergent leaders |