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Janis Strickland, Ed.S.

Program Coordinator, Brotherhood and Sisterhood Scholars

301 Pierce Hall

[email protected] | 734.487.3289

Janis Strickland is a native of Detroit and was a first-generation graduate when she earned her BS in Psychology, Communications, and Theater Arts right here at EMU. Janis later acquired a MS in Technology Studies with a concentration in Information Assurance/Digital Investigations. She also holds a Specialist of Arts in Educational Leadership.

Janis is passionate about helping students navigate through life transitions while balancing their academic, personal, social, and financial goals. She brings over 10 years of work experience including: community college, career/vocational training, along with private and public institutions of higher learning.  Her concentration is on student support services and life coaching focused on the persistence of under-represented and often marginalized communities.


Jonjalyn Winchester

Graduate Assistant, Sisterhood Scholars 

301 Pierce Hall

[email protected] | 734.487.8413

Jonjalyn Winchester (she/her/hers), originally from the Battle Creek area, earned her BSW from Eastern Michigan University in 2019 and is currently finishing up her MSW at EMU. Jonjalyn is passionate about bridging the gaps that are affecting our youth today.


Shannon Hawkins Jr.

Graduate Assistant, Brotherhood Scholars 

301 Pierce Hall

[email protected] | 734.487.8413

Shannon Hawkins Jr. is a first-year student in the Master’s Social Work. He is from Muskegon, Michigan and Shannon is a first-generation college graduate. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University this past April and has spent the majority of his time in college working for Housing and Residence Life. His biggest experience would be his time working for the Making Youth Matter program for his Social Work field placement this past year. His role with the program was to mentor middle schoolers. In this position, Shannon was able to instruct, guide, and provide support to middle schoolers throughout their first academic year impacted by COVID-19. He has a deep interest in helping others and helping youth is his passion. He aspires to be a School Social Worker to be able to reach youth during their most impressionable stages in efforts to leave a positive impact on them for the rest of their lives. He looks forward to seeing what he can learn as he works with EMU students.

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