Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Welcome to our DEI topic area!

Our Commitment to Diversity

The Human Development Institute (HDI) cultivates an inclusive environment in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, celebrated, respected, and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths. The HDI affirms and embraces the commitment of the University of Kentucky to enhance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility of our community through the recruitment of an increasingly diverse team of employees and trainees. We are committed to creating and maintaining a welcoming environment where all can succeed by consistently eliminating barriers. The HDI understands that structural inequalities affect individuals who are members of underrepresented groups. Our initiatives aim to increase understanding of and reduce bias, discrimination, and prejudice, as well as recognize and celebrate the diverse perspectives, identities, and experiences of our employees, trainees and partners. Fostering an inclusive and diverse HDI community is crucial to fulfill our mission, which is to advance efforts that build inclusive communities, address inequities, and improve the lives of all people who experience disability across the lifespan.

Our Commitment to Diversity – Plain Language

HDI strives for an inclusive environment and culture where all people can be their true selves and genuinely belong.