A nationally recognized leader and scholar-practitioner in higher education previously awarded by the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) with the Doris Ching Award for Excellence as a Student Affairs Professional, Dr. David E. Jones is the director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and a diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice consultant, trainer and speaker for universities, corporations and community organizations.
Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Windsor, Connecticut, David holds a doctorate of education in organizational leadership and communication from Northeastern University, a master of education in college student affairs from the University of South Florida, a bachelor of science in communications from Eastern Connecticut State University and is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Prior to joining Rutgers, his career includes serving in various student affairs leadership roles in residence life, student conduct and multicultural affairs at the City University of New York, University of Massachusetts Lowell, New York University and University of South Florida.
David is an innovative, strategic, intentional and thoughtful leader and demonstrates competency in social justice; diversity; equity; inclusion, supervision, training development, bias incident response strategy, budget, leadership development, strategic planning, assessment, discrimination laws/regulations/policies, programming, faculty partnership, alumni engagement and community outreach. Dr. Jones is a results-driven, critical and analytical strategic thinker with knowledge in retention, campus climate, assessment and curriculum development for inclusion work. He has a proven portfolio that exhibits an ability to engage with various identities, work effectively across difference among students, faculty and staff to nourish meaningful relationships and partnerships. Dr. Jones skillfully excels in implementing strategic plans and leading inclusively to create social change and sustain a positive and inclusive organizational culture.
Dr. Jones has been recognized with several regional and national awards for his work, which centers on social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion, with an interest on the intersection of identity and leadership in higher education. He has delivered more than 80 educational conference sessions, workshops or keynotes and is the co-author of an article published in The Journal of College Student Development that examined the role of race and racism in the experiences of black male resident assistants at predominately white universities. He was previously selected as a speaker for the NASPA SA Speaks Series and has appeared on the Higher Ed Live Network Student Affairs Live show.
Connect with David on twitter, @davidearljones.