Tim'm T. West is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised in both Little Rock and Taylor, Arkansas. He is an educator, poet, youth advocate, and Hip Hop artist who has, for decades, traveled the nation speaking about issues at the intersection of race, gender, sexuality, and social justice. A graduate of Duke University (BA), The New School for Social Research (MA), and Stanford University (MA), he is the author of several books, Hip-Hop projects, and is widely anthologized. In 2004 Tim’m started the Front Porch: a performance art series that has mobilized hundreds of artists for more than a decade. He has also appeared in multiple documentaries at the intersection of Hip Hop and black masculinity, among them, Alex Hinton’s Pick Up the Mic, Byron Hurt’s Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, and Mario Van Peebles’ Bring Your ‘A’ Game. In 2015 Tim’m released his 4th book, pre|dispositions: a poetic memoir that contains, in part, a Chapter about his experiences as an educator. Tim’m served as inaugural faculty at Oakland School for the Arts, impacted educational outcomes as an English teacher and basketball coach at Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School for Public Policy, and more recently as Director of Youth Services at Center on Halsted. In October 2016, Tim’m released his 6th solo Hip-Hop/Soul project, ICONography, incidentally, in the same month he was named 2015 LGBT History Month Icon. Tim’m currently leads Teach For America’s national LGBTQ Community Initiative, advancing safer and braver classrooms for LGBTQ students preK-12 and their educators. In addition to an array of engagements in the college admissions and access landscape, he also serves as DEI Program Consultant at the National Center For Civil & Human Rights, based in Atlanta. In 2017, wanting to better capture his holistic experiences as a celebrated Renaissance Man, Tim’m migrated the virtual home for his life’s work from to a broader portal mobilizing his leadership and innovation in educational, creative, and social justice spheres.  


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"Beyond the year he taught here, West continues to have a profound impact on the way Humboldt State University thinks about intersectionality, not only between racial and queer communities, but across disciplines and between campus and community. His engagement at HSU and surrounding communities, where his late mentor Eric Rofes taught in the Education Department, continues a legacy of brave educators working across many lines of difference to advance diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. I continue to utilize his groundbreaking first book Red Dirt Revival: a poetic memoir in 6 breaths, as a staple in Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies classes and in our English Department."

Christina Accomando, Ph.D., Professor, Departments of English and Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality, Humboldt State University