Honored for Outstanding Teaching

On Sunday I was honored by my some of my students with the Plume for Outstanding Teaching Award for passionate teaching and commitment to student success.

I received the plume pictured above with messages from some of my wonderful students who considered me for recognition:

“Professor Thompkins played an instrumental role in my recognition of white privilege and racism in the U.S. I will NEVER forget the lectures and activities in his diversity and cultural competency course.

I firmly believe that many of society’s most complex problems could be better addressed if more people other than Social Work and Sociology students took this course. I am forever grateful for his time, wisdom, patience, and vulnerability.”

—Andrea Berthet BSW, Class of 2016

“I nominate my Social Work Professor Relando Thompkins because he is outstanding. He makes it so easy for all students who come from diverse backgrounds to be able to share their feelings on tough subjects. “

—Katrina Tinsley-Woodruff, BSW, Class of 2016

“Although Professor Relando Thompkins-Jones isn’t someone I’ve known for very long, he has still been extremely influential for me as an individual and as an aspiring Social Worker.

Again, he is someone who embodies the whole heart of Social Work Practice, and his passion for others shines through in his teaching. I couldn’t have asked for a more knowledgeable, passionate, and caring professor to close out my time here at Oakland University.

It’s difficult to graduate without being fearful of the future; all I’ve ever known is how to be a student. When I came to him after class to discuss some of these fears, he sat down with me for an hour and a half listening to everything I had to say and giving me pieces of advice to carry with me.”

—Lauren Simpson, BSW Class of 2016

Professor Thompkins-Jones with graduating students Social Work Students Oakland University Social Work Pinning Ceremony 2016

After the Social Work Pinning Ceremony with graduating BSW’s Ashliee and Lauriel. Congratulations on a job well done, and welcome to the profession!

My students continue to inspire me in unexpected, but wonderful ways, and they are a part of my journey as much as I am a part of theirs.


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

Relando Thompkins-Jones

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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