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Land & Labor Acknowledgement and Commitment

The University of Kentucky Appalachian Center and Appalachian Studies Program acknowledge that we are on the lands inhabited for millennia by the ancestors of the Shawnee, Cherokee, Chickasaw, and other Nations, and that these traditional territories were taken by force through settler colonial and white-centered institutions. In Appalachian Studies, we have a particular responsibility in our scholarship to counter historical narratives that marginalize or erase Indigenous and minoritized voices in the region’s past and present.

2022 Lend-A-Hand Center Spring Creek Cleanup & Resource Fair

Saturday, March 26, 2022 - 10:00am
Lend-A-Hand Center, Walker, KY
Join us for a creek cleanup and well water treatment demonstration event on Saturday, March 26th! Come learn about different organizations working on water related issues in Kentucky. Both adults and kids are encouraged to participate. Meet at the Lend-A-Hand Center- 3234 KY 718 Walker, KY. Call 606 622-1385 to pre-register (required, spots are limited). Participants will be given $25 Walmart gift cards for their participation. All cleanup supplies and hand sanitizer will be provided. Lunch will be provided. Social distancing will be enforced and the event will be primarily outside. Bring your mask & waterproof shoes/boots. Directions: https://lendahandcenter.org/directions/
Check out our Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/1IxMOk0Xd
This event is hosted by the Lend-A-Hand Center and co-sponsored by the UK Appalachian Center, the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute, and the Kentucky Division of Water, Groundwater Division. 
This event is funded by a UK-CARES Community Engagement Project Grant.

Geoscience & Environmental Justice in Appalachia Speaker Series

Join us for the "Geoscience & Environmental Justice in Appalachia" Appalachian Forum speaker series sponsored by the Kentucky Geological Survey, the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences,  the UK Appalachian Center & Appalachian Studies Program, and the student organization the Appalachian Research Community.

Making Higher Education Matter to Kentucky

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 - 2:30pm
E. Britt Brockman, M.D. Senate Chamber, Gatton Student Center

The Department of Sociology and the UK Appalachian Center & Appalachian Studies Program are thrilled to host Dr. Aaron Thompson, graduate of the UK Department of Sociology and President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Dr. Thompson will be giving a public lecture entitled "Making Higher Education Matter to Kentucky"  at the E. Britt Brockman, M.D. Senate Chamber, in the Gatton Student Center at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022. From his start as a low-income minority youth in rural Clay County to Council on Postsecondary Education President, Dr. Aaron Thompson will share his story about the transformative power of higher education. Thompson will also speak about how his passions for closing opportunity gaps and increasing the value of higher education have influenced the state’s new strategic agenda for postsecondary education. 

If you would like to join virtually, please see the Zoom webinar registration information below.


Also join us also for a special coffee hour earlier in the day featuring Dr. Thompson at 10:00AM at the Appalachian Center or virtually, via Zoom.

Additionally, graduate students are invited to join Dr. Thompson for lunch in the Gatton Student Center, Room 331 at 12:00 noon. Students should RSVP to Justin Conder at justin.conder@uky.edu

About Dr. Thompson

Dr. Aaron Thompson is a passionate advocate for higher education. As a first-generation college student from rural Clay County, Kentucky, he experienced first-hand the transformative power of a college credential. As President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, he works to ensure all Kentuckians have an equal opportunity to improve their lives through postsecondary education. Before taking the helm of CPE, Thompson served as interim president of Kentucky State University and as executive vice president, provost, and faculty member at Eastern Kentucky University. He has extensive leadership experience within the private and non-profit sectors and is a highly sought-after national speaker. Thompson has authored numerous books on diversity, cultural competence, first-year experience programs, retention and student success. Thompson received his doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Kentucky, with an emphasis on organizational leadership. He earned a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Kentucky, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Eastern Kentucky University.



Advocacy in Southeastern Kentucky

Saturday, October 30, 2021 - 2:00pm
Virtual Via Zoom

Join the Sunup Initiative & the UK Appalachian Center for a panel discussing advocacy in Southeastern Kentucky. Learn from local advocates Sherry Tinsley, Venus Evans, John Stewart, and Chase Carson, moderated by Lisa Garrison, as they share their experiences working to make their community a better place. 

Check out our facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/892655231371296?ref=newsfeed

Register for the webinar here: https://uky.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RxoyIpdPQXijfPi5lUaZsg

This event is in recognition and commemoration of the 1919 Corbin expulsion. For more more information on the event and racial justice organizing in the tri-county area visit: https://sunupcorbin.com/