David E. Jones, Director

David is the Director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. As a trained scholar-practitioner, David is also a higher education consultant, speaker and educator addressing diversity, social justice, retention, access, student engagement, success and leadership. David has presented over 40 educational sessions at national and regional student affairs conferences and delivered more than 20 workshops and keynotes at colleges and universities, nationwide. Most notably, David was a selected speaker for the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) SA Speaks Series and a featured guest on Student Affairs Live, a web show broadcasted on the Higher Ed Live Network. He previously worked with a team of researchers that examined race and racism in the experiences of black male resident assistants at predominately white universities; a study published in The Journal of College Student Development.

David currently serves NASPA as an Advisory Board Member and the Co-Chair for Strategic Initiatives for NASPA Region II and faculty member and planning committee member for the NASPA African American Male Summit. David has been the recipient of awards such as the NASPA African American Knowledge Community Mid Level Professional Award, NASPA Region I Network for Educational Equity & Ethnic Diversity Award and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Social Justice Educator Award for the Commission for Social Justice Educators. David holds a master’s degree in college student affairs from the University of South Florida and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Eastern Connecticut State University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate of education in organizational leadership at Northeastern University. His research broadly examines the intersection of identity and leadership in higher education. To learn more about David, visit http://www.davidearljones.com or connect with him on Twitter, @davidearljones.

Email: David.Jones@echo.rutgers.edu

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Kiyanna Stewart, Assistant Director

Kiyanna Stewart is a Brooklyn, NY native and a two-time graduate of Rutgers University – New Brunswick, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Media Studies, Africana Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies in 2011 and a Master of Arts in Women’s & Gender Studies in 2014. Her research and academic interests are centered on the black feminist literary tradition from 1960 onward.  During her time at Rutgers University, Stewart has worked for the School of Social Work and the Department of Residence Life, where her passion for student affairs was first realized. Her international service learning education/experiences – particularly in the Middle East and West Africa – have affirmed and informed the intersectional lens, through which, she constructs her approach to both, student/community development and global citizenship. Kiyanna has a specific interest in facilitating conversations around intersectionality, the arts as a tool of edification/resistance and social justice as they pertain to students of the African diaspora. She is incredibly excited about the opportunity to grow with the Rutgers community, upholding Paul Robeson’s legacy – both, on and off campus – while advocating for the needs and concerns of black students at Rutgers University.

Email: Kiyanna.Stewart@echo.rutgers.edu

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Yolanda Grant, Administrative Assistant

Yolanda Grant is a Native of Newark, NJ who graduated from Kean University with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies in the area of Corporate Event Planning and Public Relations. Her studies allowed her the opportunity to work in various Administrative capacities fulfilling event planning with UMDNJ-Community Development and Public Relations as well as recently assisting in the Office of the Dean, School of Engineering at Rutgers University. Her experience also encompasses assistance with students of diverse populations where she was able to utilize those skills with the Upward Bound Program Director at Seton Hall University. She assisted the parents, students and teachers of the program with event planning which included college tours, “real talk” sessions, meetings, and a host of other areas to meet their needs.

Yolanda’s experience has predominately been in higher education as it is a passion of hers to work with students and in the educational forum. She is especially excited to be at the Paul Robeson Cultural Center where she can continue to work with students and assist them as much as possible in the various areas that she is needed.

Email: Yolanda.Grant@echo.rutgers.edu

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Tiana Ford, Graduate Assistant

Tiana Marie Ford is a Native of New Brunswick, NJ who graduated summa cum laude and received her bachelors degree in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration from Elizabeth City State University, a historically Black college/university in May 2013. From 2013-2015, Ms. Ford served as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Ralph Lauren Corporation. In that capacity, one of her main functions was managing the communications for the company’s 166 factory stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada.

She then transitioned from a Volunteer to the Program Coordinator for New Brunswick Education Foundation’s (NBEF) College Network. It was there that she discovered her passion for working with students as she created, facilitated and managed the career development and academic assistance programs, services, and resources for over 175 Hispanic and African-American college and college-bound students.

Ms. Ford is excited to begin her journey with Rutgers as a member of the Master’s in College Student Affairs Program Cohort and Graduate Intern for the Paul Robeson Cultural Center.

Email: Tiana.Ford@echo.rutgers.edu

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