BCTC’s Charlene Walker nominated for the 2017 Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame

Published on Sep 26, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. —Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s (BCTC) Charlene Walker was nominated by the photo of charlene walkerKentucky Commission on Human Rights for the 2017 Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Walker, vice president of Multiculturalism and Inclusion at BCTC, started at an early age to help integrate her elementary school in Hazard, Ky., and has spent the rest of her life bringing people together and finding opportunities for growth in human and civil rights, and education and employment.

Walker received her degree from Eastern Kentucky University and is a former Miss Black Kentucky. She has done social work for the Kentucky Department of Human Resources and has worked for Appalachian Studies and the Department of Social Work. She was also coordinator of the Displaced Homemaker Program, and full professor of Student Development and Counseling.

She won $1.5 million in federal grants for the Lexington Community College Talent Search and Upward Bound programs to recruit and retain underrepresented and at-risk students, and she is the founder of the Leadership Education Odyssey, a program to help first time status offenders.

Walker has won numerous awards and served on boards throughout her professional career, including being named Lexington Community College Teacher of the Year in 2002, and serving as board chair for the National Conference for Community and Justice and on the University of Kentucky Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee.

Please join us in congratulating Charlene on her nomination and distinguished career at BCTC.

To learn more about the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, please go to: https://kchr.ky.gov/