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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2024) — The University of Kentucky International Center (UKIC) is seeking nominations for the 2024 UK Global Impact Awards. Nominations are being accepted through March 15, 2024.

The UK Global Impact Awards recognize contributions towards enhancing UK’s global engagement through education, research and service, as well as fostering a culturally diverse, welcoming environment that is conducive to comprehensive campus internationalization. 

“A globally engaged university fosters an institutional culture in which global connections and intercultural perspectives are taken into consideration in all of our core missions and activities,” said Tim Barnes, executive director of International Partnership and Research in the UK International Center. “As Kentucky continues to grow its connections around the world and welcome diverse populations into our communities, the global dimensions of our education, research and engagement are vital in helping the University of Kentucky better serve the Commonwealth.”

Nominees for the various award categories will be reviewed by members of the campus-wide International Advisory Committee (IAC) or a relevant IAC sub-committee — with additional input and review from other campus stakeholders, such as the UK Alumni Association and past GIA awardees.

“Global engagement activities by faculty and staff are often seen as something extra, but they are crucial in fostering a diverse, vibrant community of globally informed scholars and globally competent students,” said Sue Roberts, associate provost for internationalization. “Going ‘above and beyond’ to conduct collaborative research around the world, lead students on education abroad experiences, incorporate diverse cultural perspectives into courses here at home and integrate international students and scholars contributes to  UK’s mission of transforming the lives of our students and advancing the Commonwealth we serve — and so deserves special recognition. We are honored to do that with the Global Impact Awards.”

“Every university has faculty, staff, students, alumni, and partners who champion aspects of internationalization,” Barnes said. “It is only fitting that UK have a formal way to recognize these members of our community and showcase the contributions they make to connect the campus community to the wider world.”

Click here to nominate a colleague through March 15.

Winners will be announced and honored at the UK Global Impact Awards reception later this fall in the Gatton Student Center.