Citing her extraordinary work in providing access for Tacoma’s diverse community to higher education, the city honored Dr. Maxine Mimms Monday with its 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award.
An emeritus faculty member at The Evergreen State College, Dr. Mimms founded Evergreen’s Tacoma Program.
“Dr. Mimms embodies the mission of Dr. King through her extraordinary dedication to opening doors of higher education to the diverse community in Tacoma,” said Erin Lee, chair of Tacoma’s City Events and Recognitions Committee. “Our event theme is ‘Beloved Community’ and we gave special consideration to nominees whose work focused on understanding our community and its needs, and delivering solutions.”
According to the city of Tacoma, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award “strives not only to recognize and encourage excellence in community service activities carried out by an individual, organization or group, but also seeks to encourage similar efforts by others who may want to serve in the community.”
The Evergreen State College’s Tacoma Program is located at 1210 6th Avenue in the Hilltop neighborhood. The building features modern classrooms, labs and community gathering spaces. The Program serves upper division students (juniors and seniors) pursuing a bachelor of arts degree and offers day and evening options to meet the needs of working adults. The Program’s motto is “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve.” Information at www.evergreen.edu/tacoma.