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About Us

UNITE was established as part of the University of Kentucky’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Master Plan (August 2020) to bring together diverse groups of investigators, trainees, colleges, and research groups with a focus on research surrounding racial equity. The overall goal of the UNITE Research Priority Area  is to elevate impactful research on racial equity and increase racial diversity at the University of Kentucky by leveraging existing strengths and forging new relationships. 

As the population of people of color in the Commonwealth continues to grow, the UNITE RPA finds it critical to develop, engage and promote racial equity through research to impact change. UNITE also seeks to foster mutually beneficial relationships between the university, faculty researchers, and Black and Latinx, indigenous, and other communities of color. The UNITE RPA is committed to designing and supporting research focused programs that engage historically underrepresented communities, students and faculty.


UNITE is synergizing impactful research and scholarship focused on achieving racial equity in the Commonwealth and beyond. This is achieved by fostering new and existing collaborations with multiple relevant, but distinct centers and institutes on campus.


The UNITE RPA is designed to support research and scholarship that:

  • Develops innovative solutions and establishes best practices focused on recruitment and retention of racially diverse faculty, staff and students.
  • Focuses on racial disparities, racial health equity, social and racial justice that will result in impactful scholarly outputs and extramural funding for sustainability.


The UNITE Research Priority Area is governed by the following core values:

  • Diversity and inclusivity

  • Collaboration and collegiality

  • Excellence and innovation

For more information contact Dr. Danelle Stevens-Watkins, Associate Vice President for Research, Diversity & Inclusion

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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