Cardinal Anti-Racism Agenda
The University of Louisville prides itself on celebrating diversity and fostering equity in order to achieve inclusion. We follow the Cardinal Principles, which promote our commitment to each other and to our community.
But we need to do more. At this important moment in our nation’s history, we pledge to take a stand against the systemic racism that continues to impact all of us, particularly our Black students, faculty and staff, and other stakeholders of color and from historically marginalized groups. We will take concrete action to lead to much-needed change on campus and in our community.
We will become the nation’s premier anti-racist metropolitan research university.
This site will highlight the historic steps, current and ongoing initiatives, and future actions enacted or needed to help us achieve this goal.
Together, we will drive needed change to strengthen all of us personally, professionally and collectively for years to come.
We must tap into the collective wisdom of our university community to guide our work and build a robust plan of action toward becoming the premier anti-racist university in the country. Do your part by sharing information about: historic initiatives that provide an anti-racist foundation upon which we can build; current and ongoing initiatives representing steps we’re taking to achieve our goal; and ideas for new initiatives that foster equity and celebrate diversity.Share your ideas
At a pivotal point in our nation’s history, our Cardinal Principles propel us to not just act, but to lead. This belief system is the foundation on which we build our future.Read the Cardinal Principles
The president of UofL and other local universities pledged their ongoing commitment to finding solutions to end racial inequality.Read their pledge
To achieve our goal, UofL has created the Cardinal Anti-Racism Agenda. It will include input from the campus community to guide our work.Read the announcement
Current & ongoing initiatives
To honor the memory of the EMT from Louisville, the UofL Health Board of Directors created a nursing scholarship in the name of Breonna Taylor.
A community for first-year, Black students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences.
The university’s renowned, comprehensive community engagement initiative enhances the quality of life and economic opportunity for residents of West Louisville.
UofL’s diversity-related academic programs include: African American Theatre Program, American Sign Language, Asian Studies, Diversity Literacy, Latin American and Latino Studies, Multicultural Teacher Recruitment Program, Pan-African Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
The consortium was created to fund social justice research teams, projects, creative activities and community-engaged scholarship addressing intransigent social problems and systemic inequalities. The consortium is directed by the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research and the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice
The initiative works to increase the retention, graduation and engagement of Black males.
The HLI offers a variety of programs to build strong support systems and increase retention and graduation of our Latinx students.
This program provides academic, personal and professional developmental support to recipients of the Porter Scholarship, which is awarded to African American students who are residents of Kentucky.
UofL and Jefferson County Public Schools created the Louisville Teacher Residency program to develop more minority instructors.
This program calls for discussion and understanding of various ethnic backgrounds.
Support the Agenda
The Cardinal Anti-Racism Agenda Fund will be used to strengthen our stand against systemic racism and affect much-needed change by supporting implementation of the Agenda. Potential areas of support include: recruit and retain more Black and other students, faculty and staff of color; build intentionally anti-racism curriculum across all disciplines; ensure boards, committees and the search and hiring process are intentionally diverse; develop institutional and unit-level budgets that reflect the priority of diversity and equity; deepen our impact as an anchor institution in Louisville to ensure our resources are strategically channeled to have the most impact; develop a culture that does not tolerate racism and one that uplifts all of our Cardinal family members; create more spaces for our Cardinal family to share concerns and generate new ideas for change; and ensure adequate cultural competency, implicit bias and social justice training resources are available.Support the Agenda