Local Professor Earns Community Service Award

Author, professor, and community advocate for social change, Dexter Gordon, was recently chosen as the recipient of the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award by the City of Tacoma’s Events and Recognition Committee.

Community Service Award

Dexter Gordon. Photo Courtesy of University of Puget Sound.

Gordon works as a professor of communication and African American studies at the University of Puget Sound and is a proponent of social change in the community.

Through the Race & Pedagogy Institute, which he co-founded more than ten years ago and still helps operate, Gordon and his cohorts said they envision “a society where the systemic causes of racism have been uprooted and in which we are energized to reimagine a world oriented toward the shared experience of liberation,” and work tirelessly to inspire students and the community at large.

Events and Recognition Committee chair Erin Lee said she and the committee are thrilled to present Gordon with award.

“A former student of his said that taking his class was a life-changing experience,” Lee said. “That testimonial and all of the other community comments about Dr. Gordon convinced us he truly embodies this year’s theme, ‘Be the Change.’”

The award is presented annually at the city’s MLK Birthday Celebration at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. This year’s celebration will begin at 11 a.m., Jan. 15. Though not mandatory, attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the MLK Food Drive if possible.

Visit the Race and Pedagogy Institute online for more information about community events, like the Community Partners Forum and its annual Race & Pedagogy National Conference in September.

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