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Beloved Community

Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision, in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood. In the Beloved Community, international disputes will be resolved by peaceful conflict-resolution and reconciliation of adversaries, instead of military power. Love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred. Peace with justice will prevail over war and military conflict.

MLK Cultural Competencies

The King Center's Professional Staff believes the center, and all of the learning experiences provided through it, gives students unique opportunities to learn about themselves, create their identities, discover and cultivate their talents, and develop and practice the skills necessary to be positive and productive leaders and citizens after they graduate from the University of Kentucky.  We are a laboratory for experiential learning.  As we bring our mission to life in the years ahead, we will align the centers initiatives with Cultural Competencies that we believe are necessary for creating better leaders, better communities, and stronger programming. 



1.  Develop an appreciation for inclusion through self-awareness and consciousness of social and global issues

  • Fostering constructive discussions regarding issues relating to differences, identity, prejudice, and bias
  • Initiate opportunities for creative expression of diverse perspectives
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2. Encourage the cultivation of civic responsibility and well-being through interpersonal interaction and communication 

  • Through interactive activities, facilitated dialogues, service, and collaborations across the academic spectrum.
  • By nurturing the holistic development of University of Kentucky students, faculty, staff and community members
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3. Extend knowledge that challenges perspectives, promotes reflection, and stimulates application of pluralistic behavior 


  • Through interactive activities, facilitated dialogues, service, and collaborations across the academic spectrum.
  • Through collaborations with academic partners/units theoretical framework

Student Success: Engage in collaborative programming efforts with units in the Office For Institutional Diversity 


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4. Prepare students to lead in a global society and inspire social change

  • By offering trainings (as needed), consulting and advising for student leaders and respective organizations.
  • Through collaborative programming with Student Organizations at

Provide workshops (from multitude of Campus units) directly and indirectly provide student leadership support, advocacy, awareness.  

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Wellness Components for Programs

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Emotional Wellness is being attentive to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, whether positive or negative. The emotional dimension is having the ability to be aware of and accept your feelings, rather than deny them, have an optimistic approach to life, and enjoy life despite its occasional disappointments and frustrations.  

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Environmental wellness inspires us to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings. This realm encourages us to live in harmony with the Earth by taking action to protect it. Environmental well-being promotes interaction with nature and your personal environment.

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Spiritual Wellness involves our personal values and beliefs that provide a purpose in our lives. Spirituality is generally considered to be the search for meaning and purpose in human existence, causing you to strive for a state of harmony with yourself and others while working to balance inner needs with the rest of the world. 

The spiritual element of wellness can be the most personal piece of the puzzle when trying to place all seven dimensions of wellness together. Generally, people like to live a life with meaning and purpose. When these goals are met, it puts harmony in one’s life, and the others they surround themselves with. 

Spiritual Wellness can be found through meditation, prayer, affirmations, yoga, being in nature, travel, thinking positively, among others. Some find it through relationships with others while others find it being at peace in nature

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Social wellness refers to your ability to interact with people, respect yourself and others, develop meaningful relationships and develop quality communication skills. The social dimension encourages contributing to one’s environment and community. It emphasizes the interdependence between others and nature. As you travel a wellness path, you will become more aware of your importance in society as well as the impact you have on multiple environments. You will take an active part in improving our world by encouraging healthier living and initiating better communication with those around you. You will actively seek ways to preserve the beauty and balance of nature along the pathway as you discover the power to make willful choices to enhance personal relationships, important friendships, and build a better living space and community. 

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Physical Wellness is obtained by a healthy body maintained by good nutrition, regular exercise, avoiding harmful habits, making informed and responsible decisions about health, and seeking medical assistance when necessary. To remain well, physical wellness requires that you take steps to protect your physical health by eating a well-balanced diet, getting plenty of physical activity and exercise, maintaining proper weight, getting enough sleep, as well as avoiding risky sexual behavior, the misuse of drugs, alcohol, and other harmful substances, and limiting exposure to environmental contaminants. 

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Finding a way to engage in creative and stimulating activities that allow you to share your gifts and expand your knowledge is essential to your overall health. Using intellectual and cultural activities in the classroom and beyond the classroom combined with the human resources and learning resources available within the university community and the larger community, a well person cherishes intellectual growth and stimulation. You will spend more time pursuing personal interests, reading books, magazines, and newspapers, while keeping abreast of current issues and ideas. As you develop your intellectual curiosity, you will actively strive to expand and challenge your mind with creative endeavors.  

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Financial Wellness is important for anyone to reach their goals. When your finances are in check, the rest of your life can seem manageable. On the other hand, when your finances seem to be in short supply, it can make life seem overwhelming. Students all over the country are feeling more stressed due to the tighter constraints on their pocketbooks. 

Our priority is to help students reach their financial goals. We want students to have all the tools and information they need to make smart and successful decisions while they are in school and after they have graduated. We hope to lead students through the steps they need to take for a successful financial future. 

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Occupational wellness involves finding enrichment in your life through work in which your choice of career ambitions, professional satisfaction, and personal performance are all important, exciting, and rewarding based on your skills, talent, values, and contributions. Through occupational wellness you gain purpose and happiness by successfully integrating a commitment to your occupation into a total lifestyle that is satisfying and rewarding. The development of occupational satisfaction and wellness is strongly related to the attitude and belief you have about your work.