The University of Louisville is a state-supported research university located in Kentucky’s largest metropolitan area. It was a municipally supported public institution for many decades prior to joining the university system in 1970. The University has three campuses: the 287-acre Belknap Campus is three miles from downtown Louisville and houses eight of the University’s 12 colleges and schools; the Health Sciences Center is situated in downtown Louisville’s medical complex and houses the University’s health-related programs and the University of Louisville Hospital; and the 243-acre Shelby Campus is located in eastern Jefferson County.
The University of Louisville pursues excellence and inclusiveness in its work to educate and serve its community through:
- teaching diverse undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in order to develop engaged citizens, leaders, and scholars;
- practicing and applying research, scholarship, and creative activity;
- providing engaged service and outreach that improve the quality of life for local and global communities.
The University of Louisville is committed to achieving preeminence as a premier anti-racist metropolitan research university.
The University of Louisville will be recognized as a great place to learn, a great place to work, and a great place in which to invest because we celebrate diversity, foster equity, and strive for inclusion.
The University follows a set of guiding principles that shape our community and our actions. Every member of the University of Louisville family is expected to follow these Cardinal Principles:
Community of Care
Care for self, care for one another as the Cardinal Family, and care for the community beyond. We are a community—not just a collection of individuals. We are a community—not just buildings connected by an HVAC system.
We keep our promises. We own mistakes. We are accountable to the team.
Irrespective of position, we respect each other’s humanity and dignity, no matter what our positions in the organization are. We also respect our right to differing and conflicting positions on issues. We will be a place that prepares students for ideas, not protects students from ideas.
Diversity and Inclusion
We celebrate diversity of thought, perspectives, and life experiences. As our state motto declares, “United We Stand, Divided We Fall.” We want everyone, in the richness of all of their many unique and intersecting identities, to feel included in the Cardinal fold.
Integrity and Transparency
We will be true to our mission of an urban research university to create, disseminate, and apply knowledge. Integrity is our collective commitment to make decisions with the best interests of our university in mind and to share the decision-making rationale and the outcomes.
Each of us will identify for ourselves the way in which we make a difference. We know we must solve the problems of access and affordability to give everyone the opportunity to find and pursue their own noble purpose.
We will recognize that things change and when they do, we must change things. We know that when adaptation in an organization does not keep pace with adaptation in the environment, the organization will not survive.
We recognize that management is a position but leadership is an activity. We will all behave as owners of the University of Louisville because we are. “We are UofL” is not just a hashtag or a slogan. It is our declaration of leadership and ownership.