My Blog, Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian and my best of 2016 roundup of posts was highlighted in a spotlight feature at Just Living 808, a social justice blog written by my friend and colleague Mike Spencer, Fedele F. Fauri Collegiate Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan and currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine and the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work.
“I’d like to take the time to spotlight a blog by a friend who is very special and extremely talented. The blog is called Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian and the author is Relando Thompkins-Jones. I met Relando when he was a student at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, where he worked with our team facilitating intergroup dialogue with high school youth in Ann Arbor. Since then, he has never ceased to amaze me with his grace, thoughtfulness, and skills. He is an outstanding dialogue facilitator and diversity educator….”
Considering that my experiences with Mike, my teachers and friends naomi warren, Mikel Brown, and others on the intergroup dialogue team encouraged me to start writing in the first place, this unexpected affirmation served to reinforce my belief that we are who we are because of others, and no one can “get there” by themselves.
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW