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Vicky Young, B.A., M.Ed., M.Ed., M.A., & Ph.D. - Faculty
220 Grove Ave.
Prescott, AZ 86301
Academic Statement (Return to top)
Vicky believes the mission of education is to promote understanding and respect so as to educate students who will enhance our environment and diverse world community.
Ethically, all students deserve educational systems that use the strengths of their culture because:
… we are not separate. The effort to separate ourselves whether by race, creed, color, religion, or status is as costly to the separator as to those who would be separated… The task that remains is to cope with (accept) our interdependence—to see ourselves reflected in every other human being and to respect and honor our differences.
Namaste (the God in me sees and honors the God in you)
—Beals, M. P. (1994). Warriors don’t cry. New York: Washington Square Press.
Background & Experience
Selected Publications (Return to top)
Young, V. (2012, Spring). Adrift after donation. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research. Special Edition on Living Organ Donation from Johns Hopkins University Press.
Young, V. (2009, September 1). From the other side. Survivor Chronicles.
Young, V. (2009, September 1). From the other side. Inkless Magazine.
Young, V. (2008, September). The Experience of Living Kidney Donors: Disenfranchised Grief Before, During and After Donation. Biomedical Ethics Publication #: 3287706. The Health Sciences Library System with University of Pittsburg Medical Center.
Presentations (Return to top)
WORKSHOPS, PANEL DISCUSSIONS, AND PRESENTATIONS PROVIDED:
The Southwest Writers Series and Prescott College: The Life in LettersLiterary Conference, Prescott, AZ
March 30, 2012
- Panel: Writing Across the Disciplines
Participated with Prescott College professors, who teach primarily in non-literary disciplines, to discuss the significance of writing in their professional and personal lives
LaPaz/Mojave Council First Things First Council, Littlefield, AZ February 23, 2012
- Presented information about the Prescott College Helios ECE scholarship opportunities
AZ Head Start Association, 5th Annual Birth to Five Mental Health Symposium, Phoenix, AZ October 20, 2011
- Provided 1-hour 45-minute workshop: “Place-based Education: Connecting Children’s Social and Emotional Development to the Landscape”
Northland Pioneer College and First Things First Navajo-Apache Regional Partnership Council 23rd Early Childhood Fair, Snowflake, AZ
September 21, 2011
- Provided two 1hour and 30-minute workshop: “Literacy and the Community Landscape”
Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., 2011 Inter Tribal Circle of Caring & Sharing Training,Fort McDowell, Yavapai Nation
June 22-24, 2011
o “Literacy for Place-based Education: Books that Connect Children to Their Communities”
o “Place-based Education: Connecting Children to Nature”
- Panel: “Pathways to Success: Higher Education Opportunities for the Tribal Early Childhood Workforce”
Third Annual Apache Families First Conference March 24, 2011
Provided two 70-minute workshops: “Place-based Education: Connecting Children to Nature” and “Literacy for Place-based Education: Books that Connect Children to Their Community”
Western Navajo Agency Head Start Staff Training November 19, 2010
Tuba City, Navajo Nation, Place-based Education: Inclusion of Navajo Language and Culture”
Yavapai College, NAEYC Student Club October 27, 2010
Prescott, AZ, “Inviting Multicultural Literature into the Early Childhood Classroom”
First Things First – Cocopah Nation January 6, 2010
Somerton, AZ, “Place-based Education and Multicultural Literacy”
Yavapai College, Del E. Webb Family Enrichment Center May 12, 2009
Prescott, AZ, In-Service Workshop for staff and early childhood education students, “Early Childhood Multicultural Literacy”
Prescott College In-Service Workshop, Prescott, AZ March, 2004
“Cultural Diversity” with an emphasis on Native Americans
Prescott College In-Service Workshop, Prescott, AZ, January, 1996
“Native Americans and Education”
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS and PANEL DISCUSSIONS:
National Indian Education Association (NIEA), San Diego, CA, October 2010, “Reinvigorating Language and Culture through the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium” ”- joint presentation with the members of the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium
NIEA, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October2009, “Culturally Responsive Preparation of Teachers and Administrators: Navajo Nation Consortium”- joint presentation with the members of the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium
NIEA, Honolulu, Hawaii, October2007, “Circle” -joint presentation with the members of the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium
NIEA, Anchorage, Alaska, October2006, “Circle of Knowledge: Sibasin”- joint presentation with the members of the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium
Arizona Department of Education (ADE), Early Childhood Education, Annual Learning Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona, June 20, 2006, Panel Presentation “Arizona’s College and University Programs for Early Childhood Teacher Certification”
NIEA, Denver, Colorado, October2005, “Honoring Tradition by Creating Change through the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium” and “Educating Minds and Moving Mountains Through the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium” - joint presentation with the members of the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium
National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), San Francisco, CA, May, 2003, “Bridging Barriers: Resiliency-Based Support Systems for Native American Students”
National American Indian School-to-Work Conference, Phoenix, AZ, April, 1998, “Your Community Can Be Your Classroom: An Alternative Perspective on ’Indian Education’”
Southeastern Utah Third Annual Bilingual Conference, Blanding, UT, April, 1997, “An Alternative Perspective on ’Indian Education’”
4th Tri-Annual 1996 World Indigenous Peoples Conference: Education, Albuquerque, NM, June, 1996,“Preparing Bilingual Navajo Teachers for the Classroom,” - joint presentation with the members of the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), Emerging Voices of Diversity, 48th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, February, 1996, “The Navajo Nation Ford Teacher Education Initiative,” - joint presentation with the members of the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium
ADE, Academic Support Division, Scottsdale, AZ, December, 1995, “The Navajo Nation Teacher Education Initiative”
Navajo Nation Ford Teacher Education Policy Forum, Gallup, NM, November, 1995, “Recruitment and Retention,” - joint presentation with the members of the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium
NIEA Convention, Tucson, AZ, November, 1995, “The Navajo Nation Office of Teacher Education Programs,” - joint presentation with the members of the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium
Pathways to Teaching Careers for Para-Educators Conference, Pasadena, CA, June, 1995, “The Navajo Nation Teacher Education Programs Showcase,” - joint presentation with the members of the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium
Research (Return to top)
Vicky donated her kidney to a beloved male friend on April 28, 2004. This began her interest of how the phenomenon of organ donation affects people. Vicky’s research was based upon in-depth interviews with 12 other living kidney donors. This allowed the donors to share their experiences and process their disenfranchisements. The title of her dissertation was: The Experience of Living Kidney Donors: Disenfranchised Grief Before, During, and After Donation.
Dr. Young served on the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) Living Donor Committee from 2009-2012.
She has been intervierwed by the national press for her insight into the challenges and needs of living organ donors (see below).
Cited in the following print publications and online articles:
John J. Hopkins & Associates (2012, July 20). Organ donors seek recourse for serious injuries. Surgical Errors. Retrieved from http://www.jjhandassociates.com/blog/2012/07/organ-donors-seek-recourse-for-serious-injuries.shtml
Rudow, D. L. (2012, Spring). Commentary: Experiences of the live organ donor: Lessons learned pave the future. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research. Special Edition on Living Organ Donation from the Johns Hopkins University Press. 2(1), 45-54.
Weinberger, P. (2012, July 12). Ohio organ donor’s post surgical complications lead to national advocacy. The Legal Examiner. http://cleveland.legalexaminer.com/medical-malpractice/ohio-organ-donors-postsurgical-complications-lead-to-national-advocacy.aspx?googleid=302750
Wolpe, P. W. (2012, Spring). Commentary: Gifts and obligations: The living donor as a storyteller. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research. Special Edition on Living Organ Donation from the Johns Hopkins University Press. 2(1), 39-42.
Awards, Grants, & Honors (Return to top)
Personal Academic Grants and Scholarships:
The Fielding Graduate University, Research Grant in the 2006-2007 Academic Year
Avon Foundation, Inc., Scholarships in the 2006-2007 and 2005-2006 Academic Years
Northern Arizona University, Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership with Distinction, 2001
Prescott College Grants:
The Helios Education Foundation, January 2010 through December 2013: $608K for four years for early childhood education scholarships for Native American students in reservation and rural communities of Arizona
Early Childhood Higher Education Faculty Initiative Pilot Faculty Institute, funded by Head Start Bureau: 2001-2002
Navajo Nation Ford Foundation, Subcontractor Consortium Member, grants manager: 1992-1997 and 2002
Navajo Nation Title V, grant manager: 1994-1995
Fund for Post Secondary Improvement, grant reporter: 1993-1995
Education (Return to top)
Ph.D., Fielding Graduate University, Human Development, 2007
M.A., Fielding Graduate Institute, Human and Organizational Systems, 2004
M.Ed., Northern Arizona University, Educational Leadership, 2001
M.Ed., Northern Arizona University, Counseling with an emphasis in Human Relations, 1999
B.A., Prescott College, Human Services, 1995
Creative Writing Certificate in Progress (2012) with Yavapai College
Expertise (Return to top)
- UNOS Board of Directors
Elected to the 15-member UNOS Board of Directors in March 2013. The new Board member training was on June 24-25, 2013, in Richmond, VA, headquarters of UNOS.
- Living Kidney Donor
On April 24, 2004 , Vicky donated one of her kidneys to a male friend, joining the unique ranks of Living Organ Donors. She participates in the local activities of the tri-city (Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Chino Valley ) with other area organ donors and recipients. In addition, she contributes to on-going research on living kidney donors through the Living Organ Donor Network.
- OPTN/UNOS Living Donor Committee July 2009 to June 2012
- Data Subcommittee
Selected on April 28, 2009, to serve on the national Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)/ United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Living Donor Committee. She served an additional year past the normal two-year service commitment.
The Living Donor Committee considers issues relating to the donation and transplantation of organs from living donors to recipients. The committee makes recommendations to improve the process of living donation and transplantation. The OPTN brings together medical professionals, transplant recipients, living donors, and donor families to develop national organ transplantation policy. The OPTN is managed by UNOS under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Transplantation.
- Living Donor - Invited Participant
Invited in July 2010 to participate in a conference entitled “Living Kidney Donor Follow Up: State of the Art and Future Directions” on September 27 – 28, 2010, in Arlington, VA. Living kidney donor outcomes have recently been the focus of increased interest by the transplant community (including potential recipients and donors), payers, and agencies within the Federal government. The general goals of the conference are to identify areas of need for future research on living donor outcomes, developing strategies to accomplish these goals, and researching mechanisms through which the studies might be funded.
- Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium
Since 1993, Vicky has served on the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium (NNTEC) for Prescott College.
The other members of the NNTEC are: Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; Dine College, Tsaile, Navajo Nation; Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado; Navajo Nation Department of Education; Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance; Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ; San Juan College, Farmington, New Mexico; University of Northern Colorado – Greeley, Colorado; University of New Mexico – Gallup and Albuquerque branches; and University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Prescott College has a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Navajo Nation to support the academic processes to ensure a continued pipeline into the classroom of certificated Navajo teachers, fluent in English and Navajo language, culture, and history.
- Early Childhood Education Program and Curriculum Development
In 2000-2001, Vicky was part of a three-member grant team from Prescott College and Northland Pioneer College (NPC) to be accepted in the Head Start Bureau’s Pilot Early Childhood Higher Education Faculty Initiative. This team of educators that created an academic bridge from NPC’s early childhood associates degree program to a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) at Prescott College.
Vicky served on the Arizona Department of Education’s (ADE) team to formulate the assessments for the new ADE Early Childhood Education Standards.
In 2009, Prescott College was one of the first colleges/universities in the State of Arizona to reach Arizona Department of Education (ADE) early childhood teacher certification. Dr. Young developed and created Prescott College’s first early childhood education curriculum and program of study at both undergraduate and graduate levels. ECE Program was reviewed by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) site team for the first time in February 2008. Programs of study received preliminary approval to meet all Arizona teacher certification requirements and was a consent agenda item at the next Arizona State Board of Education meeting, consequently in 2009 it received a 2-year program approval, which was the maximum at that time. Dr. Young was also the faculty member to lead the revision and ADE re-approval process in 2010 for the College's ECE programs.
In early 2011, Dr. Young was selected to be a member of the ADE's team to review state and private institutions of higher education's undergraduate and graduate programs in ECE.
- PROFESSIONAL LICENSE:
Arizona Community College Certificate in the Teaching Field: Psychology/Counseling - Valid for Life
Coverage in News & Media (Return to top)
July 2, 2012 National Public Radio (NPR) Morning Edition
- Interviewed and cited in article by Gretchen Cuda-Kroen:
- “Organ Donation Has Consequences Some Donors Aren't Prepared For
November 2011 American Journal of Transplantation
- Listed as a participant in the Meeting Report: “Living Kidney Donor Follow-up:
State-of-the-Art and Future Directions, Conference Summary and Recommendations” (pp. 2561-2568) doi: 10.1111/j.1600-6143.2011.03816.x
July 31, 2011 Chicago Tribune (Sunday Edition)
- Interviewed by Deborah Shelton, my comments included in:
o “Kidney Donors Speak Out On Risks” (Section 1, pp. 1 & 12)
also covered on
July 31, 2011 Los Angeles Times
- Interviewed by Deborah Shelton, my comments included in: “Kidney Donors Speak Out On Risks” (p. 3) latimes.com/health/ct-met-living-donor-risks-20110731,0,5755744.story
Donor Network of Arizona – The Connection Fall 2009
“DNA Volunteer Appointed to UNOS Living Donor Committee”
September 3, 2009 Channel 13 – Prescott Local Television Show
Interview with Progressive Activists DVD #127 “I Believe”
Host: Elisabeth Ruffner – Guest: Vicky Young
Academic Involvement at Prescott College (Return to top)
Areas of Study