- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A group of University of Kentucky faculty wants to establish a center that focuses on social justice and inequality.

Psychology professor Christina Brown tells the Lexington Herald-Leader (https://bit.ly/1XVSXVH) that she has been working on the proposal for the UK Center for Equality and Social Justice since last fall. She says the center would be structured around three main topics: research, policy studies and law, and community engagement and advocacy.

“There are a lot of us at UK that do research on issues related to equality and social justice,” Brown said. “For many years we’ve held symposiums and taught classes on these topics, but we’ve never had an organization that brings all these scholars together.”

The center would have a speaker’s series and a scholar in residence, and it would offer graduate and undergraduate student fellowships.

Brown says startup costs would be low because so many resources already exist on campus.



Top administrators say they are excited about the prospect.

“Just as cures of chronic illness and disease are often found at the intersection of disciplines, so too are answers for issues such as income inequality, racial and ethnic disparities, and violence,” UK Provost Tim Tracy said in a statement. “UK’s distinctive depth and breadth make us an ideal institution for this kind of scholarly activity, which complements our strategic plan’s emphasis on inclusivity and diversity. … Although discussions are still very preliminary, there is a profoundly powerful idea behind bringing scholars together across disciplines to tackle some of the issues and challenges of the day.”

The proposal will go to the university’s faculty senate. If approved, the plan will be sent to the board of trustees for final action.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com

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