Dr. W. Joye Hardiman is a global researcher, an inspirational educator, and gifted storyteller. Dr. Hardiman was the Executive Director of The Evergreen State College's Tacoma Campus from 1991 to 2007. During her tenure, the campus had a retention and graduation rate of more than 89%. She currently creates keynotes, workshops and institutes for community colleges, college districts and for state, regional and national consortiums.

Dr. Hardiman is  the 2nd International Vice- President of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC), a Fulbright Scholar and has done extensive research on African History, Culture and Spirituality in Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Mali, The Gambia, Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast, South Africa, India, the Yucatan, Trinidad, Brazil, Panama and Cuba, using literary and worldview analysis as her primary methodologies. Her work is documented in published monograms and anthologies.

She is a member of the Cultural Reconnection Vision and Planning Team, a Founding Faculty of The Institute for Cultural Reconnection “an international collaboratorium,” dedicated to capacity building and technical assistance for people of African descent and a member of African- American Women / Kenyan Women Interconnect (AAKEWO). AAKEWO has a 10 year history of highly successful joint venture partnerships around issues of culture, water, literacy, resource development and vulnerable children. She was also a Sister City – Tacoma to George South Africa delegate.