A diversity strategist previously recognized 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, State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick, New Jersey and a highly sought-after diversity consultant, speaker and trainer. 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, Incorporated. In addition to his role at Rutgers, his career has included 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.
Dr. Jones maintains an active leadership agenda with NASPA, presenting regularly at regional and national conferences, serving as a Mentor for the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP), NASPA Region II Representative for the Professional Standards Division and member of the NASPA Region II Advisory Board. He also serves NASPA as a leadership team member for the African American Male Summit. Previously, Dr. Jones has served on the NASPA Region II conference planning committee and faculty member for the NUFP Dungy Leadership Institute. Most notably, Dr. Jones was the 2018 keynote speaker for the NASPA Region III Summer Symposium.
Dr. Jones 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.
David’s work primarily focuses on equity and inclusion, with an interest on the intersection of identity and leadership in higher education. His work in this area is highly regarded and as a result, he has been the recipient of several regional and national awards such as the Social Justice Educator Award for ACPA’s Commission for Social Justice Educators, Mid-Level Professional Award for NASPA’s African American Knowledge Community and NASPA Region I’s Network for Educational Equity & Ethnic Diversity Award. He has delivered over 100 educational sessions, workshops or keynotes at higher education conferences and on college and university campuses, nationwide. Dr. Jones has been published in the The Journal of College Student Development and was previously selected as a speaker for the NASPA SA Speaks Series, a faculty intern for the Social Justice Training Institute and has appeared on the Higher Ed Live Network Student Affairs Live show and in NASPA Leadership Exchange.
Connect with Dr. Jones on Twitter, @davidearljones.