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Wednesday's Keynote Panel

Systemic Inequities that Impact Black Lives and Communities of Color in CT


Danielle T. Cooper, Ph.D., CPP

Dr. Danielle Cooper is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and the Director of Research at the Tow Youth Justice Institute at the University of New Haven. Dr. Cooper received her BS in Justice Systems (with a minor in Business Administration) in 2009 and her MA in Criminology from the University of Florida in 2011. She received her Ph.D. in Criminology (with a minor in Organizational Leadership for Nonprofits) from the University of Florida in 2015. 

During her time in school, she was selected to serve as a McNair Baccalaureate Scholar (as an undergraduate) and a McKnight Doctoral Fellow (as a graduate student), both of which are programs focused on increasing minorities in academia. She currently conducts research in the areas of youths and young adults, juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, criminological theory, and sex offending. 

In addition to her work as a Professor and the Director of Research at UNH, she is also a Certified Prevention Professional who works with nonprofits and community organizations as a prevention trainer and evaluation consultant. Through her work in the community, she has collaborated with key stakeholders, such as youth and their parents, law enforcement, mental health professionals, and youth-serving organizations.


Karen DuBois-Walton, Ph.D., President, Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of the City of New Haven

Karen DuBois-Walton currently serves as the President of the Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of the City of New Haven and President of The Glendower Group, LLC (the development affiliate of HANH) and 360 Management Group, Inc. (the property management affiliate) responsible for administrative, programmatic and policy direction of the public housing, housing choice voucher program, finance and planning, and development activities. 

In this role, she is responsible for an annual operating budget of over $120 million and a capital improvement plan valued at $700 million.  Previously, she served as Chief of Staff and Chief Administrative Officer for Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. in the City of New Haven, CT.  Dr. DuBois-Walton earned her B.A. from Yale University and M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University.

Dr. DuBois-Walton resides in New Haven.  She is actively involved in a number of non-profit boards dedicating time to creating greater equity for those who are marginalized.  She leads efforts within New Haven and the Region to remove barriers to fair housing, reverse housing segregation patterns, and to invest in under-resourced communities.


Linda K. Barry, M.D., M.P.H., FACS 

Linda K. Barry, M.D., M.P.H., FACS is a board-certified liver and pancreas surgeon with a unique background in both clinical and basic science research. As an Associate Professor of Surgery, Dr. Barry practices and teaches at the University of Connecticut Medical School and holds the position of Director of the Office of Multicultural and Community. She previously served as Assistant Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at the University of Connecticut, Co-Director for the CICATS Pilot Program for Collaborative Translational and Clinical Research, Director of the Young Innovative Investigator Program, and Director of the CICATS M1 Mentorship Program. Dr. Barry’s professional experience and life’s work has been in addressing health disparities in health care delivery and research.

As a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, she promotes the academic approach to developing solutions to address health disparities. Dr. Barry is involved in several endeavors and community engagement initiatives that promote the health and well-being of underserved populations around the U.S. and within the Greater Hartford region. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to mentoring and recruiting women and underrepresented students into medicine and the field of surgery in particular. Dr. Barry develops initiatives focused on the recruitment and retention of other groups underrepresented in medicine and science. She has received awards in recognition for her work in promoting educational opportunities and advocacy for underrepresented students and women in STEM.

Dr. Barry has successfully obtained NIH grant and extramural sources of funding for her research as well as published several peer-reviewed articles. She also serves on various academic and community-based committees and boards. Dr. Barry holds a B.A. from Yale University in Psychobiology, an M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, and an M.P.H from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.