At UPIKE, we believe our collective power comes from diverse approaches, equitable practices and inclusive policies.

We create environments where all students, staff and faculty are recognized for the infinite worth that each person brings to the UPIKE community. Openness is the catalyst to how we educate, innovate and Move Mountains.

What We Do

The Office of Diversity, Excellence and Belonging leads and supports initiatives that focus on creating an environment where students, faculty, and staff are seen, heard and valued.听 Our university-wide initiatives work to build a campus culture that promotes efforts to unify and remove bias.听In doing so, we foster an inclusive and equitable university community environment where we can attract, recruit and retain diverse students, staff and faculty.

Commitment to Diversity, Excellence and Belonging

As part of the 糖心视频’s mission, we recognize the infinite worth that each person brings to the UPIKE community.听 Because of this, we strive to be a campus where students, faculty, and staff can thrive in their full humanity, whether it’s race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, national origin, socioeconomic status, ability, religion, spirituality or age to our campus each day. While much progress has been made, we understand embedding diversity, equity and inclusive excellence must be an ongoing assessment and refining of our policies, processes, and practices to ensure our students, faculty and staff feels seen, heard and valued.

Diversity, Excellence and Belonging Goals

UPIKE strives to:

  1. Be an inclusive, culturally humble and culturally-competent community
  2. Be intentional in our DEI strategies to uplift all through education, training, student life, worship and community-building events
  3. Ensure students, staff, and faculty feel seen, heard, valued and can thrive at UPIKE
  4. Identify barriers to success by assessing and revising policies and practices that work against individual and university growth opportunities
  5. Use a shared-equity model to embed justice, equity, diversity and inclusive excellence into the foundation of the 糖心视频

Contact Information

Jasmine Sauceda-Izbrand (she/they | ella/elle)

Director of Diversity, Excellence and Belonging

Health Professions Education Building 301J
C: (606) 424-0097 O: (606) 218-5291

Climate Survey

Faculty and Staff Diversity Survey


I AM UPIKE is an initiative rooted in an appreciation for the mosaic expression of diversity across campus. I AM UPIKE leverages the intersectionality of culture, arts, music, and education to celebrate our uniqueness and appreciate our differences. These intentional engagements aim to foster a sense of belonging and connectedness through a meaningful exchange of ideas, dialogue and programming.

IAU Programs and Events

  • Culture Flow Engagement
  • I Belong
  • MLK Unity Prayer Breakfast
  • Do You See, Hear and Value Me?
  • Code Switching
  • Poetry in Motion
  • Mindful Portraits of You
  • Navigators Program
  • What Moves You
  • Sister Circle
  • I Am Woman
  • Various Book Clubs

DEI Leadership Academy

UPIKE Diversity Leadership Academy, funded by a U.S. Bank grant, leverages cross-campus expertise to develop student leaders to become champions of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.  

The Academy is a connecting point where students are empowered to elevate their voices to contribute positively to the UPIKE campus and community culture through service.  The Academy enrolls participants in the fall and spring semesters.

Forums, Trainings, & Workshops

Calendar Observations

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day/Celebration

On the third Monday of January each year, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as the only national holiday commemorating the actions of an African-American. Originally petitioned to honor King’s dedication to trade unions, Ronald Reagan established it on November 2, 1983.

Black History Month

Black History Month, also known as African-American Heritage Month, is celebrated every February in the United States. Because of the timing of the birthdays of two important individuals in the fight to end slavery, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, Black History Week was initially slated for the second week in February in 1926. However, in 1976 it was expanded to encompass the entire month of February to recognize the significant achievements made by the African-American community in all aspects of American society.

National Women鈥檚 History Month

Annually celebrated in March, Women’s History Month acknowledges the many contributions made by women to America’s rich past. From its beginnings as International Women’s Day on March 8, 1911, it has been expanded twice by the United States Congress, first as a weeklong celebration in 1981 and to its current month-long celebration in 1987.

National Deaf History Month (March 13 to April 15)

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) urges everyone to recognize and celebrate mid-March through Mid-April. The month includes three critical moments in American History for the Deaf community:听 March 13, 1988, Deaf President Now protest, the April 8, 1864, signing of the Gallaudet University charter by President Abraham Lincoln and the April 15, 1817 establishment of American School for the Deaf in Hartford, CT as he first permanent public school for the deaf.


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month celebrates Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. In June 1977, Representatives Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian/Pacific Heritage Week. The following month, senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both bills passed. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a joint resolution designating the annual celebration. In May 1990, the holiday was expanded further when President George H. W. Bush established May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. May commemorated the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

LGBTQ+ PRIDE Month (will be implemented during the academic year)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is observed in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15)

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed September 15- October 15 in the United States. It recognizes the contributions made by people of Hispanic descent and celebrates Hispanic culture. Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 because it is the anniversary of five Latin American countries’ Independence Day: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Disability Awareness

Disability awareness is celebrated year-round both nationally and internationally. It recognizes individuals with disabilities and the importance of diversity in our community.


Meaning “rows of lighted lamps,” Diwali is a celebration of light over darkness for different cultures across the world, especially South Asia.

Veterans Day (November 11)

Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11 for honoring military veterans who served honorably in the United States Armed Forces.

International Day of Tolerance (November 16)

Tolerance recognizes the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others.

International Education Week (IEW) (November 18-22, 2022)

International Education Week is an opportunity to appreciate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.听 Together, we celebrate the diversity of cultures on campus through food, music and or art.

Trans Day of Remembrance (November 20)

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people who died in acts of anti-transgender violence.

World AIDS Day (December 1)

Initiated in 1998 and observed on December 1, World AIDS Day was the first time a health day was observed globally. The day is an opportunity to fight the disease, stand in solidarity, support those with HIV and remember those who lost their lives to this illness.

Kwanzaa (In collaboration with/Student Activities)
Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture that is held from December 26 to January 1


Below are policy links for Employees (Faculty & Staff)

To view Student Related Policies please visit the links below:

Title IX

To view 糖心视频 policies related to Title IX please visit the Title IX page below:

Title IX Investigator

Beth Kingery, JD, MBA (she, her, hers)

Executive Director of Compliance and Legal Affairs

Title IX Coordinator
(606) 218-5344

Human Resources

The Office of Human Resources supports university employees throughout their employment experience at UPIKE. We provide key support services such as recruitment, on-boarding, benefits and payroll administration as well as internal and external customer service. We focus on recruiting and retaining employees who are dedicated to meeting the needs of students and promoting a caring and supportive environment conducive to learning.

Human Resources

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: (606) 218-5346
Fax: (606) 218-5214

Mailing Address
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501

Physical Address
Laughlin Cottage
165 N. Elm Street
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501

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Campus Resources

Affinity Student Organizations

BSU Graduate Chapter

4) BSU Graduate Chapter:
a. Advisor: Jasmine Sauceda-Izbrand
b. President: to be filled
c. Vice President: to be filled

Additional Resources

i. Showers are available in the basement of Armington

External Courtesy Recovery Resources



Visit the Financial Aid Scholarships page for a full listing of all available scholarships including the Jackson First Semester Living Scholarship, Jimmy Justice Memorial Scholarship and Ace First Generation Scholarship.

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