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, a highly sought-after diversity consultant, strategist, speaker and trainer and a member of the teaching faculty for the Equity Institute at the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center. 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 member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. In addition to his position at Rutgers, his career has included serving in various 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 the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), presenting regularly at regional and national conferences, serving as a 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 and co-director and co-founder for the inaugural NASPA Ujima Institute. Previously, Dr. Jones has served on the NASPA Region II conference planning committee, faculty member for the NUFP Dungy Leadership Institute and an institutional external review team member with NASPA Advisory Services. Most notably, Dr. Jones was the 2018 keynote speaker for the NASPA Region III Summer Symposium.
David’s specializes in diversity, equity and inclusion, with an interest on the intersection of identity and leadership. 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 NASPA Doris Ching Award for Excellence as a Student Affairs Professional, 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 conferences, postsecondary institutions, corporations and non-profit organizations, nationwide. Dr. Jones has been a selected speaker for the NASPA SA Speaks Series and a faculty intern for the Social Justice Training Institute. Published in The Journal of College Student Development, Dr. Jones has also appeared on the Higher Ed Live Network Student Affairs Live show.
Connect with Dr. Jones on Twitter, @davidearljones.