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Aaron Jones

Retention Specialist and Student in Santa Cruz, California

Aaron Jones

Retention Specialist and Student in Santa Cruz, California

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Aaron currently serves as Retention Specialist in the African American Resource & Cultural Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is a first year doctoral student at Azusa Pacific University in Higher Education Leadership. Previously, he served as a Residence Director at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.

He 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. Aaron was a member of a diverse array of groups including cultural, academic, religious, fraternal, political, and student government organizations, managing million dollar budgets, advocating for students to administration, coordinating inclusive programming, and facilitating critical dialogues.

Aaron started his professional career in Higher Education as a Program Assistant/Resident Advisor for the Legacy Summer Residential Program in 2010. After departing Redlands for UCR, he was hired 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 for 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.

He has interests in researching student activism and institutional response, university shared governance, state education policy, and campus climate's effect on student activism and student success.

Nationally, Aaron serves as Technology and Communications Team Leader for the NASPA Student Leadership Programs Knowledge Community (SLPKC). He has served in the following roles: NASPA Hawaii African American Knowledge Community Representative, 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.

Beginning March 2016, he will be the Region VI Representative for the African American Knowledge Community & Region VI Newsletter Editor. Previously, he was chair of the Legislative Affairs & Research Information Committee for WACUHO & Communications Coordinator for NASPA SLPKC.

  • Work
    • UC Santa Cruz
  • Education
    • University of California Riverside
    • M.Ed.
    • Higher Education Administration & Policy
    • B.A.
    • English