Dr. Aaron Jones

Associate Director in Santa Cruz, California

Dr. Aaron Jones

Associate Director in Santa Cruz, California

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Dr. Aaron Jones currently serves as Associate Director for Black Student Success in the African American Resource & Cultural Center & Educational Opportunity Programs office at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is a recent graduate of Azusa Pacific University in Higher Education Leadership. Previously, he served as Retention Specialist starting in 2016. Prior to UCSC, he served as a Residence Director at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.

Dr. Jones has served in many capacities but most of his experience stems from his time as a student leader and activist at the University of California Riverside. He was a member of a diverse array of groups including cultural, academic, religious, fraternal, political, and student government organizations, managing million dollar budgets, speaking truth to power, coordinating inclusive programming, and facilitating critical dialogues.

Dr. Jones started his professional career in Higher Education as a Program Assistant/Resident Advisor for the Legacy Summer Residential Program in 2010. Transferring masters programs from Redlands to UCR, he started as Assistant Resident Director for the Glen Mor Apartments at UCR.

Simultaneously, he emerged as a leader in the Graduate Student Association representing students on a campus and system-wide stage. He served as Graduate Student Representative on the President's Committee to Select a UCR Chancellor, UCR Representative for the Student Advisory Committee to Select a UC President, UNITE - the student steering committee on Campus Climate, UC Council on Student Fees, and UC Student Association board.

In the student affairs profession, Dr. Jones has served in various roles. He has served on the leadership teams of 2 Knowledge Communities in NASPA (African American & Student Leadership Programs), on the NASPA Hawaii and Region VI Advisory Boards, Planning committees (Closing the Achievement Gap conference, NASPA 100th Conference Extended sessions committee, & 2020 NASPA Connected Conference), in WACUHO, CCPA, and the ACPA Commission on Academic Support.

Other notable activities are: Chair-Elect of UCSC Staff Advisory Board, Western Region Editor to the Sphinx Magazine for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Faculty/Staff Board member on the Student Activity and Programming Fee Board (SAPFB) at UH Mānoa.

His research centers on critical race theory, student activism, shared governance, equity, policy, and campus ecology and student success to name a few.

  • Work
    • UC Santa Cruz
  • Education
    • Ed.D., Azusa Pacific University
    • M.Ed., B.A., University of California Riverside