KYCOM is committed to nurturing an educational environment that values all persons, encourages cultural and ethnic diversity, and promotes equitable and fair treatment in every aspect of university life and employment for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information and any other characteristics protected by law.

Student Support and Programs

Annual Diwali Celebration

KYCOM’s annual Diwali celebration is a long-standing tradition spearheaded by Dr. Seema Sachdeva, Vice Chair of KYCOM Pediatrics. Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists. The event that is held each November includes traditional dress, dancing and food.

dawali celebration group of students
dawali celebration group of students
dawali celebration group of students
dawali celebration group of students
dawali celebration group of students

Disability Resource Center

The University of Pikeville is committed to providing equal educational opportunities and full participation for persons with disabilities. The Disability Resource Center (DRC) supports the university’s commitment by coordinating accommodations so that every student with disabilities can actively participate in all facets of the UPIKE educational experience. KYCOM’s goal is to empower students to be confident self-advocates for their own accommodation needs.

Preferred Pronouns

During KYCOM orientation, faculty, staff and students are provided buttons to share their preferred pronouns.

Safe Zone Training

The Graduate and Health Professions Student Affairs office hosts Safe Zone Training each semester for all KYCOM students. Safe Zone Training aims to identify, educate and support allies to be visible ambassadors within the KYCOM community.

Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS)

Contingent upon available funding, KYCOM will be awarding Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS). The federal program assists with the cost of tuition and other reasonable educational expenses. Students must be considered disadvantaged, either economically and/or educationally/environmentally, to qualify. SDS awards will be applied to the fall and spring terms and will cover at least one-half of the annual tuition amount up to $30,000 per year. No financial aid awards may exceed the student’s cost of attendance at KYCOM.

Student Government Association
Diversity Committee

Chair: Bharath Chithrala, Class of 2024

The KYCOM SGA Diversity Committee coordinates events, engages in initiatives and promotes inclusion at KYCOM.

Advocacy, Special Interest, and Social Student Organizations at KYCOM

  • American Medical Women’s Association
  • DOCare
  • Humanity First Student Organization
  • Medical Spanish Club
  • Muslim Student Doctor Association
  • Spanish Club

Title IX

The Office of Title IX serves students, faculty and staff to ensure UPIKE’s commitment to uphold a zero-tolerance policy for sexual misconduct (sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and stalking) and discrimination based on sex. Each incoming KYCOM class completes an online sexual misconduct training program. Additionally, Title IX trainings are offered annually to each KYCOM class.

Diversity and Inclusion Contacts

  • Katrina Rugless, UPIKE Director of Diversity
  • Dr. Candice Stadler, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs