A&S Engagement Programs and Projects

The work conducted by our engagement unit builds bridges between the larger community and the university. Our programming is likely to be in partnership with other organizations and includes a broad array of programming topics. Some of our most active partnerships include joint programming with The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, the Jefferson County Public School system, and the Yearlings Club in West Louisville.

Seated left to right: Dr. Marty Pollio, JCPS Interim Superintendent, Mrs. Diane Porter, JCPS Board of Education; Dr. John Marshall, Chief Equity Officer, Robert Gunn, Principal, W. E. B. DuBois Academy; Camara Douglas, Doctoral Student – Dept. of Pan African Studies.

Yearlings Club Series

This series looks at issues, topics, events which have been identified by the community as important and presents forums in which those issues can be presented and examined by the community.

The West Louisville Economic Development Forum was held on August 26, 2016 at the Muhammad Ali Center.  Approximately 150 attendees and 24 panel and moderators participated in the one-day event.  Attendees were provided with valuable resources available for new business startups in West Louisville.  Additionally, they heard keynote speaker Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver speak on the redevelopment of the 18th & Vine Historic District. The Forum was sponsored in part by Brown Forman Corporation, PNC Bank, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – Louisville Branch, One West, Congressman John Yarmuth, Louisville Metro Council members – Jessica Green, Mary Woolridge, David Tandy, Cheri Bryant-Hamilton and David James.  University of Louisville – College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Public and Urban Affairs.

West Louisville  Economic Development Forum

The goal of this conference organized by UofL's College of Arts & Sciences is to engage and empower stakeholders who are passionate about rebuilding and sustaining healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities with information on strategies and resources available to effect positive change in our community.

People contemplating the Civil Rights markers

Louisville Downtown Civil Rights Markers Trail

This project was former dean of the University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences J. Blaine Hudson's vision to preserve the history, heritage and contributions of African Americans to Louisville’s rich history.