Meet Blair Young, Teaching, Learning, and Technology Initiatives Coordinator. Blair joined the ASSETT team in fall 2018 while also pursuing a master’s degree in Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) at CU Boulder’s ATLAS Institute. Blair returned to school at mid-life of a 20-year career in the nonprofit sector where she has worked primarily in health and human services. Over the years, she has collaborated with countless (and incredible!) social justice partners on projects spanning K-12 comprehensive sexual health education curriculum design to cross-sector (nonprofit and for-profit) peer learning group facilitation. It was her recent work as a researcher for a learning management system project for a statewide nonprofit organization that inspired Blair to return to school to pursue a graduate degree at the ATLAS Institute. At the Institute, Blair collaborates with a community of instructors and fellow students to develop socially responsible information and communication technologies. As both a student and a practitioner, Blair works to design strategies and tools to reclaim online economies (i.e., wealth, attention, identity, education) with a focus in food systems, platform cooperativism, and cooperative education. As an ASSETT coordinator she is particularly excited by the opportunity to help pilot the Domain of One’s Own (DoOO) project.
Blair loves the outdoors and spends her free time transforming her suburban backyard into a "farmette" while cultivating her vegetable garden and, yes, cuddling with her chickens. A mountain-dweller at heart, Blair heads into the outdoors to camp and recreate with her family as often as possible.