The UNited In True racial Equity (UNITE) Research Priority Area

UNITE was established as part of the University of Kentucky’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Master Plan (August 2020) to bring together diverse groups of investigators, trainees, colleges, and research groups with a focus on research surrounding racial equity. The overall goal of the UNITE Research Priority Area  is to elevate impactful research on racial equity and increase racial diversity at the University of Kentucky by leveraging existing strengths and forging new relationships. 

As the population of people of color in the Commonwealth continues to grow, the UNITE RPA finds it critical to develop, engage and promote racial equity through research to impact change. UNITE also seeks to foster mutually beneficial relationships between the university, faculty researchers, and Black and Latinx, indigenous, and other communities of color. The UNITE RPA is committed to designing and supporting research focused programs that engage historically underrepresented communities, students and faculty.

Kentucky Map

Kentucky map showing percent of population change of BIPOC residents in KY between 2105 and 2019



UNITE is synergizing impactful research and scholarship focused on achieving racial equity in the Commonwealth and beyond. This is achieved by fostering new and existing collaborations with multiple relevant, but distinct centers and institutes on campus.


The UNITE RPA is designed to support research and scholarship that:

  • Develops innovative solutions and establishes best practices focused on recruitment and retention of racially diverse faculty, staff and students.
  • Focuses on racial disparities, racial health equity, social and racial justice that will result in impactful scholarly outputs and extramural funding for sustainability.

Core Values

The UNITE Research Priority Area is governed by the following core values:

  • Diversity and inclusivity

  • Collaboration and collegiality

  • Excellence and innovation