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Charlene Walker to speak at MLK Celebration, Somerset, KY
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By Allison Horseman
News from Somerset Community College
Charlene Walker, Vice President for Multiculturalism and Inclusion at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, will be the guest speaker at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration on Sunday, January 15, 2pmET/1pmCT, at First Baptist Church, 128 North Main Street, Somerset, KY. The celebration will be held in the fbc2 sanctuary. Walker's speech is entitled "How much longer to the promised land?"
The MLK Jr. Community Celebration is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. The event is sponsored by Somerset Community College.
In addition to her role as VP of Multiculturalism and Inclusion at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Walker maintains rank of full professor in student development and counseling. She holds a master's degree in counseling and a bachelor's degree in social work from Eastern Kentucky University. She has post graduate work in Women's Studies and Appalachian Studies from the University of Kentucky and Diversity Management coursework from Cornell University in New York, NY.
Prior to becoming involved in academia Charlene was employed as a social worker in the Appalachian region of Eastern Kentucky in Family and Protective Services. She later served as a physical planner, providing technical assistance to local governments in the Kentucky River Area Development District with a primary focus on environmental audits.
Her first experience as an educator was as the program director of a career awareness program for displaced homemakers for Hazard Community and Technical College.
Walker has presented extensively at state and national conferences on issues related to sexism, racism and classism. She has served as chair of the National Conference for Community and Justice. She is a member of numerous civic and community organizations including the Kentucky Organ Donors Association (KODA), Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education and is a past associate for The University of Kentucky Appalachian Center. Walker is also an alumnus of Leadership Bluegrass and Leadership Kentucky programs. She has received numerous awards state and nationally; however, the one of which she is most proud is being recognized as "A Teacher Who Made A Difference" from the University of Kentucky College of Education. Walker is also the founder and director of CARNEGIE HALL, a STEM camp for high school juniors and seniors from the burgeoning population.
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