David E. Jones, Director

A leading student affairs scholar-practitioner 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-New Brunswick. In this role, Dr. Jones leads a team of professional and student staff to provide services, resources and programs for the student community, with a particular focus on the black student population. As the Director, his goal is to help improve the college experience for historically underrepresented students by providing accessible and equitable out of the classroom opportunities that develop their leadership and academic skills.

Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Windsor, Connecticut, Dr. Jones holds a doctorate of education in organizational leadership 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. 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. Dr. Jones maintains an active agenda with the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators by regularly presenting at regional and national conferences, serving on the NASPA Region II Advisory Board, African American Male Summit leadership team, and a past faculty member for the NUFP Dungy Leadership Institute.

David 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 85 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, a faculty intern for the Social Justice Training Institute and has appeared on the Higher Ed Live Network Student Affairs Live show.

Feel free to stop by the Paul Robeson Cultural Center on Busch Campus to connect with David.
Contact: 848-445-3545 or David.Jones@echo.rutgers.edu

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Tiana Ford, Assistant Director

Tiana Marie Ford, Ed.M. is a Native of New Brunswick, NJ who graduated summa cum laude and received her bachelor of science degree in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration from Elizabeth City State University, a historically Black college/university in May 2013. Ms. Ford received her master of education in college student affairs from Rutgers University

Prior to Rutgers, Tiana 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 served as the Program Coordinator for the New Brunswick Education Foundation’s (NBEF) College and Young Professional 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.

Tiana is excited to serve at the Paul Robeson Cultural Center by advising student organizations, supervising student staff and providing cultural, social, educational and career development programs, resources and services for the Rutgers community with a focus on those who are of the African diaspora. She was previously selected as a keynote for New York University’s Student Affairs Conference and as Red Talk speaker at Rutgers University’s Excellence in Student Affairs Conference. Tiana is a spoken word artist who uses her platform to speak on her own personal experiences and social justice matters.

Feel free to come to the center to visit and chat with Tiana.

Contact: 848-445-1586 or Tiana.Ford@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.

Contact: Yolanda.Grant@echo.rutgers.edu


Nia Nanton, Social Work Grad Intern

Nia is a native of the Bronx, NY who moved to New Jersey where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a specialization in Behavioral Services from Rowan University. After working as a behavioral professional across a public-school district, where she carried out functions such as behavioral measurement and assessment and utilized other principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis, Nia went on to work at a foster care, adoption and kinship social service agency. Nia is pursuing a clinical concentration with a social policy area of emphasis here at the Rutgers School of Social Work.

Nia has worked in training and permanency departments where some of her roles included ensuring the eligibility of resource parents to foster and adopt prospective children; recruitment of children and adoptive families; as well as utilizing strengths-based approaches to address core issues of shame, grief and loss, control, loyalty, identity, attachment, and abandonment to help children and adolescents with honoring their past looking to the future and guiding them to their permanency goal. Some of her volunteer work includes raising funds for and participating in the National Alliance on Mental Illness 5K Walk.

In discovering the versatility of social work, Nia grew to see the opportunities for her to work in both micro social work settings dealing with individuals and families on intra- & inter-personal levels as well as being able to work in macro social work settings dealing with systematic issues. As many of her professional and personal values consist of advancing human rights; promoting social, economic, and environmental justice; as well as engaging diversity and inclusion; Nia is excited to be able to assert her passion and have a significant impact during such a crucial time through the educational, cultural, and social programs and services provided that reflect the experiences of minority students.

Contact: ncn23@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

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Raheem Nugent, Graduate Assistant

Raheem Nugent hails from Brooklyn, NY . He graduated cum laude and received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from State University of New York at Buffalo in May 2018. Raheem is also a first generation college student. Throughout his undergraduate years, Raheem served as a student leader in many different roles such as Chief Justice in Residence Hall Judicial Board, Resident Assistant, and United Student Government Senator. Through all these experiences, Raheem gained opportunities to work with a variety of students and has always been an advocate for students. Raheem looks forward to serving the student community at the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Rutgers University-New Brunswick as the Graduate Assistant while he pursues Master’s degree in College Student Affairs. He is excited to be an advocate and mentor for students.

Contact: Raheem.Nugent@rutgers.edu

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