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Rockford University’s Dr. Karen Walker Receives Racial Justice Award

03/05/2024 1:50 pm

Karen Walker at the YWCA Luncheon by Rock River Current
Dr. Karen Walker accepting her award at YWCA Leader Luncheon XLIV. Photo by Rock River Current.

Rockford University’s Dr. Karen Walker received the Racial Justice Award at the YWCA Leader Luncheon XLIV and 2024 Women of Achievement Awards on Monday, March 4. 

Dr. Walker is the Dean of Student Support Programming, Dean of the Center for Learning Strategies, the Coordinator for the Men of Color Mentorship Program, and the founder of Regents First.

“As the Dean of the Center for Learning Strategies at Rockford University, Dr. Walker launched the Regents First program to support first-generation college students. She consistently aligns these students with local programs and opportunities (such as Patriots Gateway and United Way) to support them and their community with their talent and skills,” said the YWCA.

“One of her favorite quotes is ‘Literacy is the tool we use as humans to find one another, so it must belong to everyone,’ from author Pam Allyn.

Believing this strongly, Dr. Walker also works with the United for Literacy movement to ensure any child, regardless of race, can read to succeed.” 

Karen Walker accepted her award at the YWCA Leader LuncheonKaren Walker poses with her award along with friends