Social Justice Education Program Staff

Director - Relando Thompkins-Jones (He/Him/His)

Relando Thompkins-Jones joined Grand Valley State University as its inaugural Social Justice Educator/Coordinator in July 2016. He works with students, faculty, and staff in institutions of higher education on college campuses, as well as with community groups, and secondary schools creating, planning, and implementing experiential activities and projects that advance diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. In addition to serving as the Director of Social Justice Education, Relando also serves as the Special Assistant for Inclusive Outreach for the Inclusion and Equity Institute at Grand Valley State University.

Relando writes on his experiences as a Social Justice Educator at his website: His writings and curated resources on diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice can be found at his blog: Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian. He holds a Bachelors in Social Work from Oakland University in Rochester Michigan, and a Masters in Social Work from the University in Michigan in Ann Arbor.


Director of Social Justice Education

4035 James H. Zumberge Hall
(616) 331-3296

Social Justice Educator/Coordinator - D. Hollowell (They/Them/Their)

D. Hollowell is a Black, Queer, Agender feminist, Organizer, educator and life-long resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan. A GVSU alum, they co-founded the first student org for Queer & Transgender People of Color during their undergraduate career, are a member of the Triota Women and Gender Studies' honor society, studied the intersectional effects of racial apartheid in South Africa as a Gilman Award Scholar, and has since been featured as a guest at numerous community events, including the 2018 Partners for a Racism Free Community Conference. In the years to come, they hope to remain committed to the collective liberation of marginalized populations. 

D. Hollowell

Social Justice Educator/Coordinator

4035 James H. Zumberge Hall
(616) 331-3296

SJE GRADUATE STUDENT - Hayley Rusco (She/Her)

Hayley is a first-year graduate student working toward her Masters in Social Work. Hayley has a passion for social justice and is particularly interested in improving the criminal justice system.    One of her greatest areas of interest in social work is advocating for recidivism prevention in marginalized populations. Hayley received her Bachelors's in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. Her future goals include becoming a Professor of Social Work at GVSU. She is excited to further grow her knowledge and experience as a part of the Social Justice Education Program at Grand Valley.

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Graduate Student

4035 James H. Zumberge Hall
(616) 331-3296

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