Here's To A New Chapter

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Here's To A New Chapter

Things will be changing a bit around here now that I’m back in school. I’ll be studying Higher-Ed Administration and Educational Leadership, but rest assured I’ll be infusing my Social Work practice and training into my work.

Although I started out studying health sciences as an undergraduate student, finding my way into sociology courses gave me a language to describe many of the social problems that impacted my life and community.

My training for Social Work practice provided me with opportunities to hone my use of a critical lens through with to view people and systems that was focused on equity and social justice, and also provided me further training and tools to actually take actions to address social problems in a variety of ways.

I can still look back and see specific people, programs and initiatives whose involvement in my life was noting short of intervention; who helped me to successfully navigate higher-ed as a first generation student of color and led me to really value the work of building communities that are equitable and inclusive for everyone.

This next educational step is an effort to increase my capacity to work toward that goal, and I’ll be sharing some of my lessons learned along the way.

Expect to see an increase in notes on different aspects of leadership and higher education here as I continue my journey.


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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  1. July 5, 2017

    […] I owe the credit for my introduction to Applied Critical Leadership in higher education to Professor Venice Thandi Sule’ at Oakland University, whom I had the privilege from learning from while taking coursework in Educational Leadership. […]

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