Home » Elected Officials » At Large – Karen White At Large – Karen White At Large Council Member Council Vice-President Committee ChairpersonResidential Neighborhood CommitteePersonnel & Finance Committee Contact Email firstname.lastname@example.org Common Council Office 574.235.5985 TDD 574-235-5567 Phone Phone Address 227 W. Jefferson Blvd County City Building South Bend, IN 46601 Suite 455 Service to family, community, and education are the hallmarks of Karen L. White’s journey. Born in Buffalo, New York, Karen relocated to South Bend at an early age. She attended Harrison Elementary School and graduated from Central High School. Ms. White received her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and social work from Indiana State University, Terre Haute. Her Master’s in Education was earned from Indiana University. Karen is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Services/Dean of Students at Indiana University South Bend where she has served for more than 40 years in various capacities. Karen White has been honored to serve as an at-large council person since January 1, 2000. From her early years on the South Bend Community School Board of Trustees until today as Council Member, Ms. White has devoted over 28 years of service to the community as an elected official. Karen has always served our city with distinction and integrity and is known as the “voice of reason” on the South Bend Common Council. As a member of the South Bend Common Council, Karen has been Council President, Vice President, Chairperson of the Committee of the Whole (which chairs all public hearings on proposed ordinances), and as chair of the Personnel & Finance And Community Relations Committees and Vice Chair for the Health & Public Safety and Residential Neighborhood Committees. Karen’s road to community service began while she was a high school student and continued throughout her college and professional life. A firm believer in the tenet, as Marian Wright Edelman has stated, “Service is the rent we pay for living.” She is the only African American who has served both as the President of the South Bend Community School Corporation Board of Directors, and as President of the South Bend Common Council. Long recognized for her exemplary administrative leadership skills and commitment to community service: Karen is the recipient of multiple awards such as: South Bend Women: 150 Years of Leadership, Service and Achievement, 2015 The Indiana University Charlie Nelms Alumni Award, 2012 “Drum Major” Community Service Award, 2008 Inducted into the South Bend Community Hall of Fame, 2008 The South Bend Police Department Outstanding Efforts Community Service Award The IU South Bend Distinguished Education Alumna Award Indiana University E Ross Bartley Memorial Award Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Award, Inc., South Bend Alumni Chapter South Bend Achievement Award of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Community Service Award for Solidarity Day 1989 Featured in the South Bend Tribune Accent Feature June, 1988 South Bend Human Rights Commission Award for Dedicated Service, 1988 Ms. White is a member of numerous boards all of which focus on community betterment. She was chair of the Committee of the Whole in 2015. Her commitment to improving our neighborhoods and ensuring that they have the high quality services are her top priorities. South Bend Common Council Representing Representing all of the residents in: Residents residing within the city limits & the businesses of South Bend since 2000.