Dr. Maxine Mimms will be celebrated Tuesday, March 1 at The Evergreen State College’s Tacoma campus.
Dr. Mimms began teaching at The Evergreen State College in 1972. She taught working adults college-level courses at her kitchen table in the historic Hilltop neighborhood and it was at that table where Evergreen’s Tacoma campus was born. Her vision was to bring a college education to working and adult learners – especially those living in the inner city.
Evergreen-Tacoma became an official campus for The Evergreen State College in 1982 and in 2001 it moved to its current location at 1210 6th Avenue.
“We honor Dr. Mimms today for her vision of transforming lives of the community she lived in,” said Dr. Dexter Gordon, Executive Vice President for The Evergreen State College. “She envisioned a program that was designed for working and adult learners and then delivered in the local neighborhood. Her tenacity to remove educational and economic barriers for her community have now resulted in college degrees for those who walked through the doors of Evergreen-Tacoma.”
Evergreen’s Tacoma program has awarded thousands of degrees and its alumni have made countless contributions to their communities locally and across the globe. Today, current students are taught by several prestigious and dedicated faculty members who provide curriculum that is focused on community, flexibility, and convenience. Adult learners are offered rich, interdisciplinary programs that emphasize the whole student, focusing on change-making and transformative leadership.
Dr. Mimms will speak at both Lyceums for the Tacoma Campus to kick off what will be a month-long celebration. Those who would like to help honor Dr. Mimms and her legacy may consider contributing to the Dr. Maxine Mimms Scholarship Endowment with The Evergreen State College Foundation. This endowment goes to ensure the educational future of adult urban learners at The Evergreen State College in Tacoma.
To learn more about Evergreen’s Tacoma campus, please visit its website.