UNITE event will showcase UK research to advance racial equity

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (April 1, 2022) — The University of Kentucky United In True Racial Equity (UNITE) Research Priority Area will host its first annual Research Showcase on May 4 at the Gatton Student Center. the UNITE 2022 research showcase is centered on elevating and promoting the importance of racial equity research in the UK, across the Commonwealth and beyond.

The event will include breakout sessions presented by local researchers and a poster session to highlight impactful research focusing on racial inequality and disparity by UK faculty and students. The day will also include keynote addresses from national thought leaders Marc Lamont Hill, Ph.D., and Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, Ph.D.

Hill is an award-winning journalist who currently hosts BET News and is a political contributor for CNN. Hill is the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities and Solutions at Temple University. His research focuses on the intersections between culture, politics, and education in the United States and the Middle East.

Hill’s keynote is presented by the United Kingdom College of Social Work such as the 2022 Irma Sarett Rosenstein Lecture. The annual lecture is intended to celebrate the remarkable legacy of the Lexington social worker Irma Sarett Rosenstein who rose to the challenge of fighting social injustice in central Kentucky until his death in 2015.

Matthew, who is Dean and H. Greene Professor of Law at George Washington University School of Law, is a leader in public health and civil rights law who focuses on racial disparities in health care. health. He is also the author of “Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care“.

The showcase is open to faculty, staff, students, affiliates and academic partners across the UK. Although the event is free, registration is mandatory for all participants.

UK teachers, interns and students are invited to submit their poster session presentations under topics such as the arts and humanities, economics and law, education, health equity and social justice. Submissions are due April 7. The poster session for students and trainees will be a competition, with prizes awarded to the top three posters in the postgraduate/graduate and undergraduate categories.

More information and a complete program are also available on the event website.

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