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Jamillya Hardley

Jamillya Hardley (pronounced Jah-meal-yah) began her tenure at GRCC on October 4, 2021.

Hardley (she/her/hers), a first-generation college graduate, is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has served in student affairs for nearly a decade with professional experience in student conduct, academic advising, career development, and athletics. She served as a residence life administrator and adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in her most recent role.

Jamillya has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Michigan, where she was a member of the U of M Women’s basketball team. In the years following, Jamillya earned a Master of Education in Higher Education with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership at GVSU. 

Jamillya has experience facilitating intergroup dialogue, developing staff diversity training, and teaching first-year experience courses.

Additionally, Jamillya prides herself on providing opportunities for student engagement through fostering relationships, creating inclusive spaces, and building connections. As she embarks on her tenure at GRCC, she looks forward to championing DEI work and remaining active in the greater Grand Rapids community.

Jamillya is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated. In this capacity, she has mentored young women of color, athletes, and affinity-based student organizations.


Mitchell, D.G., Hardley, J., Jordan, D., & Couch, M. (2014). Journals in the Field of Higher Education: A Racial Analysis. Journal of Research Initiatives, 1, 2.

Jamillya Hardley
Director of the Woodrick Center of Inclusion and Multicultural Affairs
(616) 234-3418