Burk, Connie

Year Inducted: 
  • Executive Producer of documentary A Lot Like You
  • Author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others
  • Leader in the antiviolence movement

Connie Burk’s career of advocacy and activism began while she was studying at the University of Kansas. As a student on campus, Burk was a member of many organizations, such as the February Daughters and Students Against Violence Against Women, and fought for progressive change. This activism spurred Burk to work for Women’s Transitional Care Services (now the Willow Domestic Violence Center), where she eventually became co-director. Under her leadership, the Center expanded from sheltering survivors to raising awareness and educating the community about domestic violence. Burk also served as Vice President of the Kansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

In 1997, Burk moved to Seattle to direct the NW Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse (The NW Network). Since then, Connie’s vision, focus, and optimism has led The NW Network to new heights. With Connie’s guidance, the Network established the National LGBT Training & Technical Assistance Initiative and the National Q&A Institute. Connie also spearheaded two national campaigns to publicize the Network, one of which was featured in Times Square. A nominator says of Burk’s work, “One of the most important ways Connie has influenced the antiviolence movement is by bringing violence prevention and a positive vision for change to the fore-front of the work. With Connie in the lead, the Network has been ground-breaking in defining their work in terms of what they want to build, leading colleagues across the country to re-imagine ending abuse as creating the conditions that support loving, safe, and equitable relationships.”

In addition to her job as the Executive Director of the Network, Connie is also the Executive Producer of award-winning documentary, A Lot Like You, and co-author of the book Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others. In all of her work, Connie Burk serves as an inspiration and carries the Jayhawk spirit with her.

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