Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education

Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education

KABHE, is the premier organization supporting diversity efforts throughout the Commonwealth, was founded in 1983 by the late Dr. William Parker (1925-2008), then Vice-Chancellor of Minority Affairs at the University of Kentucky, and other minority leaders in the Commonwealth. The purpose of KABHE is to promote the advancement of Blacks in higher education by articulating needs and concerns, promoting unity and cooperation, and enhancing the personal and professional growth of its membership. The organization was patterned after the Kentucky Negro Educational Association, which was dissolved during the era of desegregation, to maintain and uphold the goals as the needs remain.

KABHE has surpassed three decades with the purpose supporting the educational and professional needs of for diversity in higher education with a focus on leadership, access and vital issues impacting students, faculty, staff, and administrators. KABHE seeks to assist Kentucky colleges and universities with the recruitment, retention and development of diverse faculty, staff and students by providing scholarships, hosting regional meetings and an annual conference where pertinent educational issues are discussed, and solutions are explored.

We maintain our membership and participation as an affiliate with the American Association of Blacks In Higher Education

Diversity and Inclusion is a strategic priority for KABHE and our Core Values.
Diversity allows us to touch "all of Kentucky" and Inclusion allows "all of Kentucky" to touch us.

Our responsibility as a state organization focusing on higher education obligates us to identify and lead the advancement of diversity and inclusion initiatives in Kentucky by articulating needs and concerns, promoting unity, cooperation, and awareness, and enhancing opportunities for all within higher education. Follow us on our mission to develop and promote the growth of higher education!

KABHE has been at the forefront of professional development for advancing diversity initiatives in higher education in Kentucky for over 30 years, since 1983. We are a volunteer professional organization comprised of members representing most colleges, universities, and other educational agencies throughout the state.

We actively seek to assist Kentucky colleges and universities in the recruitment, retention, and development of a diverse faculty and staff by hosting, professional development conferences, sponsoring regional meetings, providing educational scholarships where pertinent educational issues are discussed, and solutions are explored.

KABHE provides a variety of services to its members. For instance, in addition to the annual conference in the spring, and regional meetings and workshops in the fall; there is employment information and opportunities, legislative updates and participation, electronic communique', job shadowing and advanced education mentoring exchanges, advocacy support, educational scholarships for undergraduate students and a student leadership track, networking, and affiliation in the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education.

The External Relations Committee of KABHE endeavors to remain current with state and federal issues impacting diversity in higher education. Specifically, when legislative and/or policy mandates have the potential to affect student development and success, KABHE is obligated to respond within the higher education community. The External Affairs Committee, keeps the membership updated on important Education and Appropriations and Revenue Standing Committee actions within the Kentucky Legislature.

KABHE is consistently seeking more talented professionals and students in higher education to join us in our efforts to fulfill our mission through partnership, donor, service and leadership.


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