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. 

Social Justice Action Award: 

This award recognizes an individual, organization or department affiliated with a UMR -ACUHO institution for a programmatic effort or ongoing initiative that has had an impact on their campus in the area of social justice.

Eligible Nominations:

Eligible nominations will include programs/initiatives primarily coordinated or sponsored by housing/residential life departments who are members of UMR-ACUHO. Programs/initiatives may be organized by professional or student staff, hall government organizations, campus organizations or departments or students living in the residence halls. Nominated programs/initiatives must be non-contractual in nature. 

Process for Submitting Nominations: 

  • More information coming soon.

Drake Martin Commitment to Social Justice Award:

This award recognizes an outstanding housing or residence life staff member or affiliate that has demonstrated a continued commitment to social justice.

Eligible Nominations:

Eligible nominations include any person who has continually demonstrated a commitment to social justice. 

Process for Submitting Nominations:

  • More information coming soon.

Committee Members

  • Alan Jones, University of Kansas, Committee Chair
  • George Guardado, Iowa State University
  • Jackie Lee, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
  • Jamarco Clark, Mount Mercy University
  • Jess Girdler, Kansas State University
  • Keniese Evans, University of Northern Iowa
  • Meaghan Hartman, Truman State University
  • Jake Reilly, University of St. Thomas
  • Nick Thuot, Iowa State University
  • Sarah Holmes, Iowa State University
  • Heidi Acton, Central Community College - Columbus
  • Megan Brit, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
  • Cassi Dreyer, Milwaukee School of Engineering
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 Coree Burton (Inclusion and Equity Coordinator) at