News

4/10/2018
The UK Center for Equality and Social Justice is hosting a student event called "Lunch with Leaders" on Thursday April 26, 2018 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm.    Students who are chosen will have the opportunity to attend a catered lunch at the Hilary J. Boone Center and speak with UK faculty members who conduct research with social justice implications. Students who are chosen will also receive gift baskets of UK and CESJ merchandise!    APPLY HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/Tp0qLG9cbVh2YolW2   Undergraduate students will be given priority, but graduate students are welcome to apply. 

 

2/16/2018

By Kathy Johnson

The Center for Equality and Social Justice at the University of Kentucky is hosting a conversation with Lexington Mayor Jim Gray as part of its Keys to Our Common Future conversation series. He speaks at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the Boone Center in UK's campus.

Gray will talk about political polarization in today's society and how opposite sides can work toward compromise.  After Lexington became a focus of national news when Confederate statues downtown were moved, Gray found himself in the middle of a national debate.  He will discuss what it is like to personally engage in controversial decisions and how citizens with differing views on issues can still live and work together.

The mission of the Center for Equality and

2/14/2018

The Center for Equality and Social Justice is hosting a conversation with Mayor Jim Gray next week to dicuss, among other things, issues of political polarization. We are interested in hearing your questions! 

If you have a question for Mayor Jim Gray, tweet us @UKCESJ, and your question may be asked during the event.

Tweet away!

 

For event information, see our event details:

A&S https://cesj.as.uky.edu/conversation-mayor-jim-gray

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/411189315985433/

1/30/2018

The CESJ is excited to host a book club dealing with issues of social justice. Our first book is going to be the critically aclaimed best seller The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. 

We will be reading the book now, with a meeting to discuss the book scheduled for early April. We hope everyone interested will join in the conversation!

Pick up a free copy of the book from one of our sponsors! Books are currently available in the MLK Center (313 Blaze Dining) and the CESJ office (location/hours) while supplies last.

 

Update:

Thank you to everyone who came out and made our discussion of this book great! 

If you're interested in learning more or continuing this conversation, check out our further reading options.

 

Further Reading:

Talking about race

1/29/2018

By Gail Hairston

The University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Equality and Social Justice has scheduled its spring symposium 1-4 p.m., Feb. 9, in Kincaid Auditorium at the Gatton College building, with a reception following in Woodward Hall.

Three collegiate educators are featured at the symposium, which will focus on “How Discrimination and Disparities Impact Children and Teens: Research on Ethnicity, Social Class and Sexual Orientation.”

Stacey S. Horn, professor of educational psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will discuss “Developmental and Contextual Factors Related to Sexual Prejudice Across Adolescence.” Horn’s research focuses on issues of sexual prejudice and bias motivated harassment

1/23/2018
The CESJ's Spring Symposium is a little over two weeks away. We have a few important updates and new details about this exciting event.   Please note: the location has been changed to Kincaid Auditorium (Gatton). 
  HOW DISCRIMINATION AND DISPARITIES IMPACT CHILDREN AND TEENS: RESEARCH ON ETHNICITY, SOCIAL CLASS, AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION Friday, February 9  1:00pm-4:00pm in Kincaid Auditorium  Reception to follow in Woodward Hall    Speakers: Stacey S. Horn, Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago,  "Developmental and Contextual Factors Related to Sexual Prejudice Across Adolescence”   Rashmita S. Mistry, Ph.D., UCLA,  "Exploring Social Class Identity in Childhood and Adolescence: What, How, and Why?"   Tiffany Yip, Ph.D., Fordham University,  "The Opportunities and
12/7/2017

By Whitney Hale

Ashley Judd delivers the UK College of Social Work Irma Sarett Rosenstein Lecture on campus Dec. 1. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

 

Watch a video above with "the silence breakers" created by Time magazine.

University of Kentucky graduate Ashley Judd is among the group of “silence breakers” that has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year for their efforts to shine a spotlight on sexual misconduct in America.

“The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover … along with those of hundreds of others, and of many men as well, have unleashed one of the

12/5/2017
CESJ Affiliate Accomplishments

CESJ affiliate Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth is leading the effort to develop the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project.

Please see the following for more details on this great effort. 

https://networks.h-net.org/KyWomanSuffrage

12/1/2017

By Kathy Johnson

Ashley Judd. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

Ashley T. Judd, University of Kentucky alumna, feminist, and social justice humanitarian, will be on campus today, Friday, Dec. 1, to present the 15th annual Irma Sarett Rosenstein Distinguished Lecture at the Singletary Center for the Arts. All tickets for the event have been distributed and no general admission entry is available.

Hosted by the College of Social Work in partnership this year with the College of Arts and Sciences, the lecture is named for Lexington social worker and social justice advocate Irma Sarett Rosenstein.

“Irma Sarret Rosenstein's passion and life's work

11/16/2017

CESJ affiliate Jenny Minier had a version of her position paper on immigration published by the Lexington Herald Leader. The piece ran on Nov. 10 as an Op Ed, offering a condensed version of her position paper.

The full Op-Ed can be found at the following link

For more about position papers from the CESJ, see the full list.

10/25/2017

By Kathy Johnson

The University of Kentucky Center for Equality and Social Justice (CESJ) has released two policy briefs dealing with subjects of heightened interest nationally and in Kentucky — immigration reform and LGBTQ legal protections.

Created last year, the CESJ is an interdisciplinary research center that promotes equality and social justice through collaborative scholarship and education. It also advocates for social justice in public policies and laws. Faculty members from a broad range of disciplines at UK serve as affiliates of the CESJ, and Christia Spears Brown, professor in the Department of Psychology, serves as its director.

The position paper titled "Immigrants Benefit the Community and Economy" was written by Jenny Minier, professor in the 

9/14/2017

By Christia Spears Brown

This op-ed was originally published August 25, 2017 in the Lexington Herald Leader. Original post.

Following Mayor Jim Gray’s announcement about relocating the Confederate statues at Cheapside, Lexington received the attention of national news organizations, and the attention of several racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic hate groups. 

As we brace for their

9/7/2017

The Center for Equality and Social Justice is very excited to offer a one-day workshop for interested faculty and staff, and if room allows, graduate students.

Briefly, the Op-Ed Project is designed to train experts to take thought leadership positions in the country. The goal is to help those of us in university settings translate our expertise to change minds and the the world. This is at the core of CESJ’s mission. Each day’s workshop will be a full day of training, plus lunch. Each day will hold 20 people, and they will be here for 3 days. As you can see, after the workshop, participants will have ongoing access to The OpEd Project national network of journalist mentors, for individual feedback. As we think about changing the world toward one of greater social justice, the best way we can do that is by contributing our

9/7/2017

Discrimination impacts most youth at some point. Almost all children and adolescents belong to at least one stigmatized group, whether they are a Black or Latino boy in school; an immigrant or refugee; a gay, lesbian, or bisexual teen; or a girl in physics class. Discrimination on the basis of race/ethnicity, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity can have long-term academic, psychological, and social repercussions, especially when it is directed at a cognitively developing child or an emotionally vulnerable adolescent. How children and adolescents are impacted by this discrimination depends on their cognitive ability to perceive the bias, the context in which the bias occurs, and resources they have to help cope with the bias. 

This book details, synthesizes, and analyzes the perception and impact of discrimination in childhood and

3/21/2017

By Kathy Johnson

The "Civic Life" panel series, developed by the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, is a new weekly forum exploring a wide range of issues confronting society today. Open to the entire UK campus, these lunchtime panel discussions will take place each Wednesday for the remainder of the semester, and the series kicks off Wednesday, March 22, with a discussion of immigration — a topic making headlines worldwide.

“At the core of the mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is the commitment to prepare students to be engaged citizens in our Commonwealth, in an increasingly diverse nation, and in an ever-more interconnected world," said Mark Kornbluh, dean of the college. "Faculty members across all of the disciplines of our college take this commitment seriously and are seeking to provide

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