Education Justice, Trans* and Queer Liberation, Voting Rights & Voter Engagement, Housing and Zoning Equity


Sam Jones-Darling is a junior majoring in Political Science at Eastern Michigan University where he serves Student Senator in Student Government and as a Resident Advisor in Housing. He is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, he was educated in public school until the 9th grade when he dropped out and sought self-education earning a GED in 2014. He attended Grand Rapids Community College before coming to Eastern Michigan University. Sam is a first generation college student and identities as a queer person of color. Sam is a fellow from the 2015 class and is passionate about LGBTQ inclusion and educational justice; these passions have driven him to serve on the several statewide boards including the HIV Materials Review Panel for the Michigan Department of Education. He has previously served as the Michigan College Democrats statewide political director and served a term as a county officer. He specializes in rural community outreach and integrating moderate viewpoints into a social justice framework. He currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the City of Ypsilanti Human Relations Commission and a Officer At-Large for the EMU Interfaith Coalition. Sam has attended Grand Rapids Community College and majored in Political Science.