The Video & Photo Extension of Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian (N.A.H.) By Relando Thompkins, MSW
Born and raised in the Brightmoor community on the west side of Detroit, MI, and a product of Detroit Public Schools, Relando Thompkins desires to help those who believe that they are outcast, those who believe that no one cares for them, and those who believe that they cannot change their situations.
Through service, conflict resolution through non-violent communication, and social action, he works to build more equitable and inclusive communities and to increase intercultural understanding.
In addition, he is also interested in social justice education and intergroup dialogue. His role as an adult facilitator in the Intergroup Dialogue/Social Change Agents program: a high school-based intergroup dialogue project currently operating in high schools in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area has allowed him to engage high school students in conversations and skill building activities about conflict, social identities, privilege, oppression, and social justice for the purpose of helping them to enhance their ability to peacefully resolve conflicts, build relationships with people whom they believe to be different from them, and to understand the broad social issues that underlie group tensions and prejudice.
Thompkins hopes to be able to continue grow in this area, so that he may be able to address issues of equity and inclusion in higher education, while bridging gaps and making connections across differences between people in the broader community as well. Relando also has a strong interest in producing in the area of film and video, and longs to find ways to incorporate this medium into his work.