Community Legal Worker
Tewonia L. Evans is one of the Community Legal Workers at the Detroit Justice Center. Before joining DJC, she served as fellow with Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan (EJAM) and the Detroit People’s Platform (DPP). As a EJAM fellow, she collaborated with other organizations to coordinate and organize 2018 Allied Media Housing Justice Networking Conference. She worked with other DPP staff and community residents conducting participatory action research in Detroit neighborhoods and served as trauma informed co-facilitator with focus groups.
In May of 2018 Tewonia finished with a Master’s of Social Work at Wayne State University School Of Social Work where she studied cognitive behavioral therapy and social public policy. While in her first year of graduate school, she served as the Domestic Violence Advocate at the 9th Police Precinct on Detroit’s east side. In this role she collaborated with a multidisciplinary team of law enforcement, lawyers, judges, clinicians and community agencies to garner support and resources for survivors of intimate partner violence. She provided court advocacy, by writing and filing over 100 personal protection orders to the 3rd circuit court. Served PPOs to within the Wayne County Jail, accompanied and prepped survivors for court.
During her second year of graduate school, Tewonia served as a Neighborhood Exchange Intern with Michigan Community Resources (MCR). Where she cultivated and developed working relationships with grassroots nonprofits, block clubs, and community groups to identify, asses and help fulfill capacity building needs. She also conducted research on partner organizations to identify gaps and needs for strategic planning.
Since graduation from Wayne School of Social Work, Tewonia has spent her summer and fall volunteering with The Sierra Club Michigan Chapter as a political intern. The Sierra Club deployed Tewonia on state senate and state representatives campaigns where she assisted with strategizing, neighborhood targets, planning, opposition research and engaging with community residents via canvassing and phone banking.
Tewonia attended Southeastern High School on Detroit’s lower east side. She received an associates degree from Wayne County Community College in 2012, transferred to Wayne State University for BA in Psychology, Sociology and minored in Criminal Justice. While in undergraduate school she served as a research assistant with Wayne State University School of Medicine, Karmanos Cancer Institute. In this role, she assisted with outreach, provided education on HPV, breast and cervical cancer to raise awareness, while recruiting participants for The Witness Project.
Tewonia is also a member of the National Association of Influencing Social Policy, National Association of Evaluation Michigan Chapter, National Association of Social Workers Michigan Chapter and The Sierra Club Michigan Chapter. She’s also currently a teacher for Grosse Pointe Public School District.