Along with a commitment to making the university community a place welcome to all regardless of race, religious belief, country of origin, political philosophy or sexual orientation, U of L is committed to working with our community leaders in making Louisville a place that thrives on and cherishes such differences. The goal is a vibrant city boasting the type of workforce and environment that attracts top employers and improves the quality of life for all our citizens.
Some examples of programs, partnerships, and community action are listed below:
The Signature Partnership is a university-wide initiative designed to improve the quality of life for residents of West Louisville, home to Kentucky's largest concentration of African-American residents - more than one-third of whom live in poverty.
We believe that no deserving Kentucky student should be denied an education due to lack of funds. That's why, in fall 2007, U of L launched a special program called the Cardinal Covenant in response to rising colleges costs and the challenge for students form low-income families to fund their education. Cardinal Covenant makes college attainable for the 22.6% of Kentucky families who live at or below 150% of the federal poverty level.
Through the years, U of L has teamed up with Project Women on several projects including a recent collaboration, the Family Scholar House, with assistance also from the state. Administered by Kentucky Housing Corp., the Family Scholar House will provide affordable housing, counseling and on-site child care for single parents who are pursuing their bachelor's degree.
The Yearlings Club, devoted to civic responsibility and community service, partners with U of L to host a free public lecture series with the goal of bringing together faculty and the African-American community to forge common bonds and share expertise. Lectures and panel discussions feature university faculty and community leaders explore various topics.
The Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice represents a unique collaboration between U of L, the Muhammad Ali Center and the Ali family. Driven by the Ali family and the university's inspired vision to create a world-class facility dedicated to promoting scholarship, training and service in the areas of peacemaking and creative conflict resolution, the institute aims to empower citizens and transform their communities through education programs, service and research.
U of L alums have, and will continue to make an impact on the region and the world. Just a few examples of the many graduates from underrepresented groups who achieved recognition in their professions include
Chang-Lin Tien, chancellor of the University of California-Berkeley (1990-1997) who was the first Asian American to head a major research university,
Justice William E. McAnulty who became the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court of Kentucky (2006),
Monica Kaufman, ABC news anchor since 1975, who was both the first African American and first woman to become a news anchor in the Atlanta market, and
Ulysses "Junior" Bridgeman, is a former Cardinal and NBA basketball star is a noted business leader in Louisville with one of Wendy's largest North American franchisees, and a U of L trustee.