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. 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.
PRACTICUM STUDENT - KENYA SHAKIR (SHE/HER/HERS)
Kenya Shakir is our current practicum student assisting with trainings and workshops centered around social justice education for the Grand Valley community. Kenya also serves as a second-year graduate assistant in the Housing and Residence Life department. She is currently in her last year of the College Student Affairs Leadership Masters of Education program here at Grand Valley. Kenya is interested in topics centered around privileged student consciousness raising, advocation and education of minority student identities, inclusion and equity at higher education institutions. Kenya received her Bachelors degree in Sociology and Leadership Studies from East Carolina University in North Carolina.