Center for Women and Gender Equity Staff
DL MCKINNEY (THEY/THEM/THEIRS) works as the Interim Director of the Center for Women and Gender Equity and the Director Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center. They are a Detroit native turned GVSU “Laker for a Lifetime” Grand Rapids resident. With a work history that is everything but orthordox. D.L. boasts a hefty career in laboratory science, leadership, and social justice change. They have earned degrees in Business Administration Economics and a Masters in Public Administration and Health. They serve as support to QTPOC folks as a member of various West Michigan community committees focusing on wellness, homelessness, equity, and social change. D.L. continues to work from a lens of racial and social justice to support individuals and communities in building their capacity to challenge internal and external systems of oppression to create sustainable change. DL loves spending time with their semi-large family, and their favorite thing to do is ride their recumbent trike. Feel free to wave if you see them slowly stroll by!
Full-Time Position: Interim Director of the Center for Women and Gender Equity and the Director Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center
Office Address: 1161 Kirkhof Center
Phone: (616) 331-8991
Email: [email protected]
Lariesha Lee, LLMSW
Lariesha Lee (she/her/hers) is the Assistant Director educating, supporting, and empowering students to lead their authentic lives, helping the campus and community with gender justice and intersectionality. Lariesha coordinates programs in the Center such as NIARA, GVSU's student-parent advocacy, the annual Girls of Color Summit, and Replenish Basic Need Centers, and on campus food justice and basic needs initiatives.
Lariesha received her Associate of Arts degree from Grand Rapids Community College, transferred to Grand Valley State University, and completed both Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work from Grand Valley State University. She has received extensive leadership, advocacy, and community organizational training from the Urban Core Collective's Transformational Leaders Program. She is a volunteer mentor at the Women's Resource Center. As a Mentor, she provides one-on-one counseling and encouragement while helping mentees reach their goals and overcome barriers using community resources.
Lariesha is passionate about impacting the 49507 community, uplifting and alleviating oppression with purposeful work and thorough research to tell the authentic narratives of ALL identities. Her goal is to allow those she serves to lead her practice allowing them autonomy, empowerment, and reclaiming their lives. She uses multicultural inclusive techniques outside Western mental health and healing norms. Lariesha's personal and professional interests are disparities in minority women and LGBTQ+ health and infant mortality, gender justice, decolonization of systems, criminal justice reform, promotion of mental health in communities of color, and racial equity in all areas of daily life.
Make an appointment with Lariesha HERE
Kaylee J. Wolff, M. Ed.
Kaylee Wolff (she/her) M. Ed. will be joining the Center for Women and Gender Equity as the new Victim Advocate. She has over 5 years of experience in preventing sexual and intimate partner violence and advocating for victims/survivors. Kaylee is a graduate of Muskegon Community College (MCC), where she received an Associate Degree in Science and Arts in 2013; and Grand Valley State University (GVSU), where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature in 2015, as well as a Master of Education in Higher Education with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership in 2017. Kaylee volunteered as a Crisis and Survivor Advocate with the YWCA West Central Michigan and has internship experience with Title IX at Hope College.
Kaylee has worked as a Child Victim Advocate at the Safe Center LI in Bethpage, NY and as a Residence Life Coordinator at Michigan Technological University where she served on the Academic and Early Intervention Teams, and Title IX Awareness Committee and facilitated workshops on Supporting Male Survivors, Creating a Culture of Consent, and One Love. At Michigan Tech University she assisted in the revision of the Michigan Tech Consensual Relationship Policy and served as the Sexual Misconduct Prevention Educator and Project Coordinator for Bystander Intervention Education. She oversaw the implementation of Bringing in the Bystander and established the Sexual Assault and Violence Education (SAVE) student organization and is certified to conduct Restorative Justice Conferences.
Kaylee enjoys spending time with her family and her Boston Terrier, Sophia. In her free time, she is often found watching anime, reading a book, or painting. In the summer, she enjoys spending time outdoors camping and fishing.
Make an appointment with Kaylee HERE
Darrhonda Scott-Jones, BSBA
Darrhonda received her B.S. in Business Administration from Ferris State University and has worked in the Center for Women and Gender Equity since 2004. In her role as the Administrative Assistant, she oversees all the daily functions of the Center for Women and Gender Equity and supervises the student staff. She also serves as the assistant to the director of the Center for Women and Gender Equity and works closely with the CWGE staff on various programs and projects. One of the things that Darrhonda loves most about her job is working with such an amazing staff and experiencing the compassion that they have for the work they all do for the students.
Make an appointment with Darrhonda HERE
Center for Women & Gender Equity Graduate Assistant
Alyssa Beil (she/her/hers) is a graduate student in the school of social work, passionate about social justice, advocacy, and community. Alyssa coordinates Replenish, the on-campus basic needs resource center, and assists with programming at the Center for Women and Gender Equity.
Alyssa received her bachelor's degree in Communication and Public Advocacy from Ferris State University. She has a professional background in community organizing and food justice efforts at the food bank level. In her four years working in the food assistance sector, she supported food pantries throughout West Michigan, providing resources and training with a focus on an equitable, client-centered approach.
As a social work student and graduate assistant, Alyssa strives to make a long-term impact by supporting clients from the beginning to end of their journey. She hopes to create a space that provides a welcoming, dignified approach to basic needs services and empowers students to be their best selves.