Published on: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Director of Diversity and Clinical Law Faculty Dr. Artika Tyner has been honored with inclusion in the 2013 Minnesota African American Heritage Calendar. For the seventh year, the Minnesota African American Heritage Calendar Award Committee a part of the PROCEED Foundation has produced this calendar to showcase the accomplishments of African Americans with roots in Minnesota. Twelve individuals are recognized each year for “letting their voices be heard for the shaping of future plans for our community and state. These individuals represent various sources of informational and educational practices to enlighten and inspire others to improve our society,” according to the MAAHC. This year’s theme, “Vanguards of Our Legacies” recognizes the honorees’ contributions for setting the tone and facilitating the message for the expectations, hopes and dreams for citizens of African descent as well as for all Minnesotans.
Dr. Tyner is an attorney, educator, writer, and community advocate. Her focus as a faculty member is the Community Justice Project, an award-winning civil rights clinic. CJP’s curriculum is the first of its kind since it focuses on holistic problem solving approaches for creating equal justice under the law for underserved communities. Tyner supervises and teaches law students to be engineers of social change by utilizing creative problem-solving techniques, building bridges between communities and policy makers, and ensuring justice is obtained for marginalized populations. With Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, Tyner has led the CJP through many significant milestones including the founding of Brotherhood, Inc. (reintegration program), promoting restorative justice, fostering economic revitalization, and addressing racial disparities in the juvenile justice system.
As the Director of Diversity, Tyner promotes diversity, increases multicultural awareness, and enhances the inclusiveness of the law school community. She is the chair of the Multicultural Affairs Committee. In that work, she is committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession by building pipelines to success starting with investments in early childhood education. She serves on the American Bar Association Educational Pipeline Council and ABA GP|Solo Diversity Committee.
One of Tyner’s early childhood memories is serving in the community with her late grandmother, Nellie Lightfoot and mother, Jacklyn Milton. Tyner believes strongly in the words of Marian Wright Edelman that, “service is the rent we pay to be living.” She serves on nonprofit boards, offers leadership coaching, mentors youth, and volunteers at her church - Victory Christian Center. She serves as a global citizen by supporting education, entrepreneurship, and women’s empowerment initiatives in Africa.
New this year, MAAHC has a new campaign to place the Minnesota African American Heritage Calendars in Minnesota’s school classrooms and libraries. The purpose is to use the honorees’ stories to generate continuous dialog among teachers and the student body about African American History. The organization is looking for support of this effort by donating calendars to school(s) of your choice. For more information, please contact MAAHC via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.