Kentucky State University (KSU) as a historically Black, 1890 Land Grant and liberal arts university, is committed to nurturing the next generation of diverse professionals who will work to resolve economic, social, political and technological challenges faced by communities locally, nationally, and globally.

Diversity, as a concept, describes an inclusive community of people with varied human characteristics, ideas, and world views related, but not limited to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, disability and veteran status, among other characteristics.  Diversity in concept expects the creation of a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment that honors and respects differences and finds ways to utilize those differences to promote higher levels of achievement by all members of the community.

The Campus Diversity Plan for KSU provides a framework for growth for a campus that has celebrated its status as the most diverse public university in the Commonwealth of Kentucky for many years.  Notwithstanding the fact that KSU has the highest percentage of enrolled African American students of any public university in Kentucky, KSU has the largest percentage of non-majority (non-African American) students of any public university in the Commonwealth.  This success is largely due to the fact that recruitment efforts span from local counties to international locations.  KSU was recently recognized by the Kentucky  Latino Education Alliance for its demonstrated efforts of committing resources to and supporting Latino student success.

Diversity programming at KSU includes but is not limited to outreach to the following groups:

  • Hispanic/Latinos
  • Women/Girls in STEM
  • African Americans
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • Veterans
  • Persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP)

Programming will soon be expanded to include:

  • LGBT groups
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