The Department of Behavioral Science’s Commitment to Antiracism 

Tuesday, November 8, 2022  

Last weekend an abhorrent and traumatic racial assault at University of Kentucky’s Boyd Hall was recorded and shared with the public. In the wake of this incident, the Department of Behavioral Science’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) council reiterates our commitment to strong antiracist actions within the university and to social justice beyond its walls. Hate speech and violence cannot be tolerated and we must always proactively challenge a white supremacist culture that inspires both overt and covert acts of racism that harm our community. We stand with Kylah Spring, Kansas Perry,  and with the members of the University of Kentucky community who protest and speak out against racism on UK’s campus. We will seek ways to better work toward antiracism in our teaching, research, and service. 


WCBL Fellows Honored at College of Medicine Award Convocation

Congratulations to White Coats for Black Lives fellows Rashmi Bharadwaj, Darayon Moore, and Maggie Stull for being recognized at the College of Medicine Awards Convocation held on October 19, 2022. The fellows received the following awards:


Rashmi Bharadwaj – Lexington Campus Patient-Centered Communication Award

Darayon Moore – Bowling Green Campus Patient-Centered Communication Award

Maggie Stull – Class of 2025 Lexington Campus Team Player Awardee

You can read more about the ceremony and view pictures here.

Behavioral Science Awards White Coats for Black Lives Fellowships

UK College of Medicine students Rashmi Bharadwaj, Maya Cleveland, Lillian Maxwell, Darayon Moore and Maggie Stull have been awarded Department of Behavioral Science White Coats for Black Lives Fellowships.

The fellowships, initiated by Anita Fernander, PhD, former associate professor in the Department of Behavioral Science and supported by the department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, were developed to enhance medical students’ understanding of health disparities, political and social inequalities and health care inequities experienced by Black Americans. Read more here.

UK College of Medicine students Rashmi Bharadwaj, Maya Cleveland, Lillian Maxwell, Darayon Moore and Maggie Stull

“Entering Mentoring” Curriculum Completion

The DEI Council congratulates Dr. Shanna Babalonis, Dr. Pamela Hull and Dr. Shyanika Rose for completing the “Entering Mentoring” curriculum developed by the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), now known as the Center for Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER).

Dr. Anita Fernander Receives the 2018 Diversity Champion Award (right): Members of the College of Medicine are acknowledged for their leadership and contribution to the diversity and inclusion impact they have made on the college.

Dr. Anita Fernander Receives the 2018 Diversity Champion Award