Jessica Jennrich, Ph.D., Director
Jessica Jennrich works at Grand Valley State University as the Director of the Center for Women and Gender Equity and as an adjunct faculty member in Education. Previously Jessica worked at Dartmouth College Directing the Center for Gender and Student Engagement and before that at the University of Missouri where she directed the Undergraduate Program in the Women’s Gender Studies Department as well as taught Women’s and Gender Studies courses. She is currently involved in a number of higher education and feminist organizations and is a reviewer for The Diversity and Higher Education Journal. Jessica is a former grant partner and guest writer for the American Association for University Women policy magazine. Jessica’s writing has been published in the Journal Progressive Policy and Practice, The National Women's Studies Journal, the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, Paradigm Magazine, and most recently she has a chapter in an anthology by Demeter Press. Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree at Bowling Green State University in English, her master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in Women’s and Gender Studies, and her doctorate at the University of Missouri in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Sharalle Arnold, M.Ed, Associate Director
Sharalle Arnold received her B.A. from California State University, Chico in Liberal Studies and her M.Ed from Washington State University. She is a California native, who has been in Michigan for the past 11 years. Sharalle has been working at Grand Valley since she arrived, first as the assistant director then as the director of the Children's Enrichment Center. On campus, Sharalle has served as the chair for the Women's Commission, acts as an Inclusion Advocate, is a member of Positive Black Women, a NIARA mentor and currently is the co- chair of the newly formed Student Parent Success Committee with the Division of Inclusion and Equity. Sharalle is excited about the opportunity to help write the next chapter of GVSU Center for Women and Gender Equity history.
Krystal Diel, BSW, Victim Advocate
Krystal received her Bachelor of Social Work from Central Michigan University and is currently completing her Master of Social Work at Grand Valley State University. Her role as the Victim Advocate is to support victim/survivors and connect them to the resources that they may need. She has been a volunteer advocate at the YWCA West Central Michigan in Grand Rapids, MI and Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates in Mount Pleasant, MI. Krystal is also the graduate assistant for the P.E.P. Talks program and helps coordinate bystander intervention trainings for student organizations, student housing, and Fraternity and Sorority Life.
Darrhonda Scott-Jones, Office Coordinator
Darrhonda received her B.S. in Business Administration from Ferris State University and has worked in the Women's Center since 2004. In her role as the office coordinator, 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 Assistant Director on Replenish. 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.
For Victim Advocate Services:
Please visit the Victim Rights and Options page at https://www.gvsu.edu/vro/meet-the-co-advocates-77.htm
Kristen Sarniak, CWGE Graduate Assistant
Kristen Sarniak is the Graduate Assistant in the Center for Women and Gender Equity. She has a bachelor's degree in advertising and is a second-year master's student in the College Student Affairs Leadership program at Grand Valley. In the CWGE, Kristen works primarily with the Ambassador's program but also does work with Replenish, programming, the Athena conference, and other aspects of the center. This year, Kristen is most excited about the opportunity to work with and help build strong leaders on campus. In her free time, Kristen enjoys doing yoga, drinking coffee, and petting dogs.
Kandace Williams, Graduate Assistant
Kandace received her B.S in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Children, Culture, and Society with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies. Her role as the Violence Prevention & Education graduate assistant includes: research that provides prevention and education programs that are engaging to students across campus, implement programs and awareness campaigns for Domestic Violence Awareness month, Stalking Awareness month, and Sexual Assault Awareness month, and help to advise student organizations that are dedicated to violence prevention and advocacy. Kandace is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work. She is very excited to be able to take this next step to building a more engaged community both in the Center for Women and Gender Equity and in the Grand Valley community.