Social Justice

The Social Justice Committee is a group of UMR-ACUHO members of different perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds who will contribute to the education and awareness of privilege, oppression, identities, and experience, and its impact between ourselves and the interactions and relationships we have with others.

Please let us know what we can do to serve you! We welcome any and all suggestions and feedback! Please email Alan Jones at

Our Mission

We strive to be reflective, intentional, responsive, meaningful, and relevant to the UMR-ACUHO membership, and will create opportunities for engagement throughout the year.

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Social Justice Committee is to provide education, resources and support to housing professionals to assist in their work with matters related to diversity and social justice.

Committee Goals

  • UMR-ACUHO members will be provided with safe spaces and opportunities to ask questions, take risks, and learn from and with one another through various Social Justice Committee efforts and/or other committee collaborations.
  • UMR-ACUHO members will have access to relevant social justice resources through programming and educational opportunities.
  • UMR-ACUHO members will be recognized for outstanding individual, programmatic, and institutional social justice efforts through the Social Justice Awards.


Annual Awards Given at our Annual Conferences:

Drake Martin Commitment to Social Justice Award:

The Drake Martin Commitment to Social Justice Award is presented every year to a housing or residence life staff member, or affiliate, in the UMR-ACUHO region that has demonstrated a continued commitment to Social Justice. This award was named for Drake Martin, the former Assistant Director of Residence/Education at the University of Northern Iowa, after his sudden death in 2012.   Social Justice was integral to Drake's work; his greatest influence over time was through individual interactions that challenged, affirmed, and encouraged others.  UMR-ACUHO was an important part of Drake's professional life.  He presented numerous diversity & Social Justice programs, and served as the 1st Chairperson of the Diversity Action Committee.  

NEW: Graduate Student Social Justice Action Award:

This new award recognizes an individual, enrolled as a Graduate Student, working and studying at an UMR-ACUHO member school who enhances diversity and social justice awareness, understanding, and education through programmatic efforts or ongoing intiatives that has had an exceptional impact on their campus.

Process for Submitting Nominations:

Please click HERE to access the nomination form for all three awards.  Nominations for these awards are due Monday, October 22nd, 2018.

Committee Members

  • Alan Jones, University of Kansas, Committee Chair
  • Andrea Rivera, St. Ambrose University
  • Ashleigh Williams, University of Kansas
  • Austin Quarles, St. Ambrose University
  • Billy Coby, Northeast Community College
  • Eddy A. Gonzalez, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Jake Reilly, University of St. Thomas
  • Jess Girdler, Kansas State University
  • Kayla Lentz, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Megan Britt Pierce, University of Wisonsin - Lacrosse
  • Steven Johnson, Jr., University of Kansas
  • Nick Thuot
  • Jamarco Clark
For a list of resources, click here

Support and Collaboration Networks 

The UMR-ACUHO Support and Collaboration Networks been developed to provide a platform for UMR-ACUHO members to develop a stronger professional network, to discuss topics relevant to their professional experiences, and to be supported in their professional growth and development.  Additionally, these networks serve to engage individuals in UMR ACUHO leadership roles and encourage future involvement.  These networks include:

  • Housing Professionals of Color Network 
  • Pride Housing Network 
  • Women in Housing Network 

If you are interested in being a part of the any of these networks, please click HERE. If you have any questions, please contact Keniese Evans (Inclusion and Equity Coordinator) at