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Artee Young, Ph.D

Artee Young

"As a lawyer and professor, I am guided by the wisdom of Charles Hamilton Houston. To paraphrase Houston, a lawyer or teacher, who is not a social engineer, is a parasite on society. With this in mind, I strive to transform the lives of students and in the process effect positive change in our communities."

Artee Young, Ph.D.

Dr. Artee Young is the former Executive Director of The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus and the 2009-10 recipient of the United Way of Pierce County Community Volunteer of the Year Award award nomination in honor of her passionate, active involvement within the community.

Dr. Young's approach to teaching and learning is grounded in both theory and practice, and her work is informed by the status and needs of her communities. Her curricular interests and work include law, public policy, literature and bioethics.

She has 18 years of service at the college where she has developed program modules and taught courses in research methods, public policy, law (The Law of Business Organizations, Constitutional Law, Legal Humanities, Media and the Law, Civil Rights, Ethics and Professional Conduct, Education Law, Bioethics and the Law), public speaking and literature. Her dedication and outstanding leadership skills earned her coveted promotion from faculty to her current position as Executive Director.

Dr. Young earned a B.A. in Speech and Theater, cum laude, from Southern University, 1967; M.A. in Children's Theater, Eastern Michigan University, Ph.D., Speech Communication and Theatre, University of Michigan; J.D., University of Puget Sound School of Law.

Early on in her college teaching career, she was charged with designing and developing lower and upper division curricula, and she continues to do that at Evergreen. For the past few years, she has focused on disparities that exist in her community to inform the curricula she designs. Several years ago, she developed curricular modules in law and public policy. Concurrent with those modules, a pre-law club was established to address co-curricular issues, including standardized examinations necessary for admission to law school and the practice of law. As a result of that work, the Tacoma Program has produced significant numbers of students who completed studies in law and are practicing in Washington and throughout the country. Their work and commitment to the community is demonstrated by pro bono seminars they regularly offer on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, legal issues involving restoration of voting rights for ex-offenders, expungement of offenders' criminal records, landlord-tenant law and end of life decisions.

Her experience as a practicing attorney, law clerk and hearing officer makes her uniquely qualified to gather, examine and make impartial judgments regarding the ethics, legality, implications of complex issues.

As an active board member for Citizens for a Healthy Bay, Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB), Group Health Leadership Advisory Group, The Fulcrum Foundation and the City of Tacoma Civil Services Board, she lends her expertise as an advocate for excellent education and excellent health as fundamental rights for individuals, the local community and the broader international community.

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