Leadershape Institute at GVSU

“The mission of Leadershape is to transform the world by increasing the number  of people who live with integrity and a health disregard for the impossible.”

I’m participating in the very first Leadershape Institute at GVSU as a cluster facilitator. In this role I  facilitate segments of the curriculum, and support program participants as they develop their vision and breakthrough blueprints for a better world.

In addition to emphasizing that leadership is not positional; that we can lead wherever we are, with whatever we have, the deep value and recognition that we are all teachers and learners; that we each have something to contribute, as well as something to gain is a common thread of this initiative that is also consistent with many of my values.

Although I am trained in intergroup dialogue facilitation, and have been teaching others the skills while learning from them too, I’m still making a conscious efforts to suspend expectations and trust the process. I’m definitely in a position of service, as well as a position of learning here, and I look forward to experiencing it all.

This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with the students and be a part of their journey as they discover for themselves how they can create change in the world.

I may share some of my reflections or lessons learned here or at Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian.


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

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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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