Posted on: February 18, 2019 | By: Carmen Monico | Filed under: Podcast

A brief introduction to the podcast facilitator and a glimpse into the gestation of the project itself.

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Rev. Donna Vanhook, MDiv, MA.NPM

Womanist Community Organizer

A former certified law enforcement officer, child advocate and state-wide foster parent trainer, Rev. Donna Vanhook has dedicated her life to community building in various realms of society. She holds two associate degrees in Criminal Justice and a BA degree in Religious Studies with a minor in Human Services from Elon University in Elon, NC. Rev. Vanhook has earned two master’s degrees, an MDiv from Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, NC and an MA in Nonprofit Management from High Point University in High Point, NC. She is an ordained Baptist minister now seeking ministerial credentials through Union Chapel United Church of Christ in Burlington, NC, where she currently serves as associate pastor.


Jenn Grimmett

Podcast Host & Social Justice Educator

Jenn Grimmett received her MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and her BA in Team Training and Development from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Born in the South, called Boston home for nearly two decades, and is now back in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Professionally, she has spent a great deal of time within the world of Academia. Personally, she has spent even more time engaging in various types of justice work. Her background includes years of program design for teams and groups looking to advance skills and knowledge in areas of diversity, inclusion, leadership, and cultural intelligence.

Jenn believes that every person is entitled to an equitable lived experience. Her commitment to moving us all towards this goal has guided her approach to community engagement, in providing direct support to folx seeking that resource, as well as challenging systems and philosophies perpetuating the status quo. Jenn is always looking for ways to connect with folx, particularly through partnerships to kick up systemic dust. We are stronger together. To learn more about her work, visit

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