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WJ Joye Hardiman

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Dr. Joye Hardiman is a brilliant conceptualizer, an inspirational speaker, and a gifted storyteller. She is an educator, scholar, and cultural activist and is a frequent keynote speaker, a sought after conference participant, and an accomplished institute designer. She is the daughter of Flash and Thelma Hardiman and the mother of Salmh Hardiman.

After attending the Undergraduate Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa, she earned her BA from the University at Buffalo. She received her Doctorate in Applied Literary Studies and Urban Education from the Union Institute and is an alumnus of Harvard University's Management Development Program. Dr. Hardiman is currently the Executive Director of The Evergreen State College urban campus in Tacoma Washington and a member of the faculty.

She is a founding member and an International Executive Board Member of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations. As a Summer Fulbright Scholar she conducted extensive field research in Egypt, India, Ghana, Kenya, the Yucatan, and Trinidad on the African contribution to world civilization using literary and popular culture analysis as her methodology.

The results of Dr. Hardiman's research on Ancient Egyptian literature and worldview has been published and referenced in both scholarly works and popular forums. She has been invited to speak on Ancient Wisdoms, Contemporary Solutions; The Trials and Triumphs of Spiritual Warriorship; The Multi-faceted Role of Women of African Descent from Ancient to Contemporary Times; and You Can't Kill the Culture, Dialogues in the African Creative Continuum by a variety of national and international academic, community, civic and fraternal audiences. She has also served as a consultant to the Tacoma Art Museum and the Seattle Art Museum. Dr. Hardiman has been an active member in Washington State's Higher Education institutional, curriculum and pedagogical reform efforts. She was a core facilitator and faculty for the Washington Center for Improvement in Undergraduate Education's Community College Minority Student Success Project, Ford Foundation Cultural Pluralism Summer Institute, and the FIPSE National Learning Communities Dissemination Institute.

She has worked both regionally and nationally with boards, districts, colleges, administrators, faculty, students, and staffs in numerous areas of professional development.