Chief Diversity Officer
Campus Address: Cleveland Hall 415
Dr. Clinton Jones leads and coordinates the university's strategic approach to diversity in all aspects of campus life, focusing on education and employment equity, affirmative action, cultural understanding, cultural competency, and civil and human rights. She reports to President Conway-Turner.
Before coming to Buffalo State, Dr. Clinton Jones served for two years as Executive Director for Equity and Access at Virginia Tech, leading the development, implementation, and expansion of the university's equal opportunity/affirmative action programs and hiring initiatives to prevent unlawful discrimination and harassment. She also ensured compliance with federal, state, local, and university regulations regarding access and nondiscriminatory practices for people with disabilities, and assisted campus leaders in reducing conflict and maintaining a positive work climate by promoting fairness in the workplace.
Dr. Clinton Jones also served as Director of Corporate Diversity at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield in Rochester, New York, from 2006 to 2009, where she directed the corporate-wide diversity and inclusion strategic plan and related initiatives. From 2004 to 2006 she managed a voluntary mentoring program to assist underrepresented students with college adjustment and academic success as director of the CONNECT Program at St. John Fisher College in Rochester. She has also held positions as a cultural relations specialist at Global Crossing North America (2000-2003), Director of Leadership and Community Development at the College at Brockport (1995-2000), and coordinator of ADA compliance in the Office for Students with Disabilities, also at Brockport (1990-1995).
As a member of the Rochester Community, Dr. Clinton Jones served on several not-for-profit boards and community-based committees, including the St. John Fisher College School of Education's Diversity Advisory Board, the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue Advisory Board at Nazareth College, the Federal Bureau of Investigations Civil Right Advisory Committee, the External Advisory Board for the Upward Bound Program at Monroe Community College, the Faith Community Alliance's Education Committee, the Rochester Step-Off Education Foundation, and the Rochester Mayor's Commission on Race and Ethnicity. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Karen A. Clinton Jones holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy, with a concentration in higher education, from the University at Buffalo, an M.S. Ed. in counselor education from the College at Brockport, and a B.S. in criminal justice from Buffalo State.
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