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.