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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 29 2024) — The Asian and Asian-American Employee Affinity Group (AAA EAG) at the University of Kentucky was established by the Office for Institutional Diversity at UK to promote a culture of inclusion and belonging through professional development and mutual understanding. Recently the group celebrated AAPI Heritage Month with an event for employees at the university.

“In the past year, nearly 150 members got together several times and provided positive feedback, eager to do more,” said AAA EAG co-lead Tracy Lu. “Already, these events have increased meaningful professional connections among its members, including research collaborations and project proposals. Our gatherings have served as a platform for inspiration, collaboration and camaraderie, empowering AAA EAG members both professionally and personally.” 

Beyond professional collaboration, AAA EAG events also allow members a place to share their talents and learn new skills. The group is planning on hosting more events in the future centered around member skills, allowing space for others to learn new talents.

“AAA EAG members truly appreciate the extensive support of the Office for Institutional Diversity and the entire campus community,” said Lu. “Our efforts align very well with the vision of inclusive diversity promoted by university leaders, and this group provides a fantastic support network for our AAPI employees at UK."

The AAA EAG currently features more than 250 members who originate from various Asian countries, including China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Thailand, among others. 

Learn more about our upcoming events by contacting co-leads Tracy Lu, Ph.D., ( and Suzanne McGinnis (, or by visiting