Meet Blair Young, ASSETT’s Innovation Catalyst. As the Catalyst, Blair guides the development of our emergent Innovation Incubator — a safe, resourced space where the College of Arts & Sciences community can grow their active learning ideas. Previously, Blair served as the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Initiatives Coordinator for ASSETT in 2018-19 while completing her master’s degree in Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) at CU Boulder’s Atlas Institute. Blair returned to the university at mid-life from a 20-year career in the nonprofit and social impact sectors where she has worked primarily in health and human services. Over the years, Blair has collaborated with countless (and incredible!) social justice partners on projects spanning K-12 comprehensive sexual health education curriculum design to cross sector (nonprofit + for-profit) peer learning group facilitation. It was her more recent work as a feasibility researcher for a Learning Management System project for a statewide nonprofit organization that inspired Blair to pivot her career to technology for social good. Blair has a passion for enabling a sense of ownership — of learning, programs, projects, and more — in the people with whom she works. For CU Boulder students, in particular, she hopes that this will open a pathway to success, well-being, and access to the resources they need to live a fulfilling life.
Blair is a member of the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Boulder Food Rescue where she is supporting a food rescue and redistribution software design project. She 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 outdoors to camp and recreate with her family as often as possible.