Karen Bullock is a Recipient of the 2009 Women of Color Recognition Award

Karen Bullock has been named a recipient of the 2009 Women of Color Recognition Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the University and excellence in leadership, achievement, and service.

Dr. Bullock has served as chair of the Black Studies Substantive Area since 2002 where she is responsible for curriculum oversight and teaching courses. She currently serves as faculty advisor for the Organization of Black Social Work Students (OBSWS) at the UConn School of Social Work and provides leadership to student members. She has served on a number of committees in UCSSW as well as University-wide committees such as (Search Committee for the VP for Research & Dean of Graduate Education and the Committee for Excellence in Graduate & Professional Education). Dr. Bullock is an affiliate faculty member at the Center for Health Intervention and Prevention (CHIP), and participates in the Neag Cancer Center Breast Cancer Translation Research Group.

Karen also serves on several professional and community boards where she brings expertise in working with African American and Latino populations. The boards include Hartford Hospital Ethics Committee, Chrysalis Center, Inc., North Central Area Agency on Aging, Connecticut Multiultural Health Partnership and the Connecticut Coalition to Improve End-of-Life Care.

Dr. Bullock states her commitment to enhancing social capital and quality of life for Women of Color can be seen in the mentoring that she does with young people, especially those in higher education and in her involvement in university and community activities where minority women are often excluded. “I don’t mind being the only one (minority) at the table if it is going to create an opportunity to open the door for others to be present in the near future.”  Historically, women [and to a greater extent women of color] have been denied educational opportunities, leadership positions, professional equity and social capital.  Dr Bullock’s demonstrated commitment to serving as a role model to women of color is evidenced by her work with these women through her distinguished service to the university, academic and career achievements which are modeled for women of color, and the positive impact she has on the community through her research, scholarship and mentoring.